EPSRC iCASE PhD Studentship with University of Leeds and Proctor and Gamble: The Effects of Laundry Detergent Actives on Overall Garment/Fabric Care and Integrity

University of Leeds

PhD Supervisors: Dr Richard Blackburn & Prof Stephen Russell (University of Leeds) and Dr Alan Brooker & Mrs Lindsey Heathcote (P&G)

Applications are invited for this 4 year PhD studentship. The research project, which is jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Procter and Gamble (P&G), will be primarily conducted within the Textiles Technology Group, University of Leeds.

The project is funded for a total of 4 years, which includes an opportunity to spend 3-6 months at P&G Newcastle Innovation Centre, further enhancing their training. The studentship includes full payment of fees and a tax-free stipend of £17,777 p.a. The preferred PhD start date is 1st October 2018.

The textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, and this has been exacerbated by a trend towards fast fashion and industrialisation of emerging economies which has led to a doubling in clothing production between 2000-2014. European Environment Agency data concludes that UK households typically spend 5% of household income on clothing. Data published by WRAP concludes than a nine-month extension of a garment lifetime reduces carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30% each. Laundering is a significant cause of textile integrity loss, with dimensional stability (shape retention), dye fading and mechanical damage implicated as important drivers. We therefore have a significant opportunity to improve sustainability, household finances, and consumer satisfaction by developing strategies to slow down the ageing of clothes. The purpose of this project is to understand the mechanisms behind improving textile care and potentially formulate novel strategies to drive delight in fabric care.

Applicants should have, or will expect to attain at least a 2i degree classification in chemistry or a chemistry-related discipline. An interest in textiles will be advantageous for this multidisciplinary PhD. The candidate should be keen to develop experimental skills within the area of dye chemistry and textile science. Skills in organisation, communication and time-management are vital. An interest in the industrial application of scientific research is strongly desired.

UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.

Please contact Dr Richard Blackburn (r.s.blackburn@leeds.ac.uk) for any enquires and for details of how to apply.

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