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EPSRC supported EngD: Formulation of Anolyte-Based Hand Sanitisers for the Control of COVID and Resistant Microbes.

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: Professional Doctorate
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: See advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th August 2022
Closes: 7th October 2022

Within recent years there has been a need for improved, anti-microbial, technologies which can be used to combat microbial resistance. Over the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that such technologies need to also extend to the prevention of viruses. Like many scientific advances it is possible to look to nature to find an answer. Hypochlorous acid is a naturally produced, essential chemical, within the body: created by the white blood cells during phagocytosis, to eliminate pathogens as part of the immune system. This can be replicated on an industrial scale through an electrolysis process, which splits aqueous salt solutions into their ionic species (anolytes and catholytes). As a result, it is possible to separate the anolyte (hypochlorous acid), however, such chemical species are meta-stable. Unfortunately, unlike in the body where they are used immediately, this poses a challenge to their long-term use.

This industrial-academic research project will focus on better understanding these new anti-infective materials, formulating them into everyday healthcare products, which can be used to disinfect hands and surfaces. In particular, the work will focus on understanding the underpinning science which governing their physicochemical roles and their interactions with added components, in order to improve stability.

Richard Greenwood

Email: cdt-formulation@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Telephone: +441214140000

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At this time we can only accept UK or Home based students. For informal enquiries please contact cdt-formulation@contacts.bham.ac.uk, together with a CV. For details on the Engineering Doctorate scheme visit the homepage. Deadline October 7th.

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