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EPSRC supported EngD Industrial Waste Stream Reprocessing and the Development of New Formulations

University of Birmingham

Qualification Type: Professional Doctorate
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £20,400 p.a, plus fees paid
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th January 2019
Expires: 9th April 2019

Saint-Gobain and Prof S. Blackburn (Chem Eng, University of Birmingham)

Tax free bursary of £20,400 plus fees paid

Saint-Gobain is a multinational company, which works across several sectors. Some of the best known and respected Saint-Gobain brands across the UK offer a comprehensive range of innovative product solutions for industry - ranging from acoustic and thermal insulation, high-performing plastics, ceramics and abrasives to energy-efficient glass and glazing solutions. Saint-Gobain’s involvement with the Healthcare sector is particularly advanced with cutting edge solutions available from British Gypsum (ACTIVair technology) and Ecophon, helping to create healthier environments in hospitals and clinics.

The project will investigate potential value streams for a number of the Saint-Gobain group’s waste streams from their manufacturing sites in the UK and formulate them into useful products.

These waste streams will include but are not limited to:

  • Sands from their foundry processes
  • Production residues from their Insulation business’

The student will be based predominantly within their business, but also make use where required of the facilities at Birmingham University. They will be encouraged to think as broadly as possible, to find possible solutions to utilise their current waste streams, in particular in circular economy terms. If these materials could form part of their existing supply chain, or be developed into new materials and products, which the business could market then this would be advantageous to the environment.

The student will be able to experience and develop relationships across the business through all functions from procurement, supply chain and manufacturing sector to understand how the materials in question are produced, as well as the current routes, opportunities and limitations of the waste streams reprocessing, as well as the history of how these materials have evolved and their part in the current end product quality, manufacture and distribution,

To be eligible for EPSRC funding candidates must have at least a 2(1) in an Engineering or Scientific discipline or a 2(2) plus MSc. Please email your c.v. to For more details on the Engineering Doctorate scheme please visit     

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