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EPSRC supported PhD with Integrated Studies: Process understanding of liquid- liquid systems for the production of fragrances.

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £17,900 A tax free bursary, p.a. plus fees paid
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd May 2019
Closes: 30th June 2019

Academic supervisors: Federico Alberini, Andrew Ingram (Chem Eng UoB)

Industrial supervisors: Estela Espinos Ferri, Carlos Lopez Cruz (IFF)

A tax free bursary of £17,800 p.a. plus fees paid

Liquid-liquid immiscible systems are broadly employed in industrial process. IFF (International Flavours and Fragrances Inc.) is looking for a better understanding of one of their batch processes, where liquid-liquid mixing and reaction are involved.  The overall aim of this project is to link the constraints generated by fluid flow mixing conditions with the one due to reaction kinetics. In the literature, there is much research work performed in stirred vessels, but there is a lack of knowledge on combining the mixing properties of a mixing vessel and the dynamic of reactions. The proposed PhD with Integrated Studies project is aimed to combine the fluid dynamic properties of the liquid-liquid system together with reaction models to develop better knowledge of IFF industrial process. This will be studied at laboratory, pilot plant and industrial scale. Thus, this provides a unique opportunity to really explore a better way to improve scale up and its impact on reaction performance under a fundamental /basic approach, but also on a practical and applied industrial scale.

Aims and objectives:

  • Measuring droplet size for different continuous/disperse phase ratios
  • Develop model of dynamic reaction with machine learning algorithm to implement in a process simulation software.
  • Understand flow features within the vessel at different scale.

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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