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PhD Studentship: EPSRC Supported EngD: Mechanistic Understanding and Design of Sustainable Solid Fabric Enhancer

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD, Professional Doctorate
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Tax free bursary of £23,400 p.a. plus fees paid
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th September 2022
Closes: 17th November 2022

P&G 

The project will investigate the formulation and action of dryer sheet coatings that is a major P&G business with sales in the region of $12 Billion Pa. Dryer sheets both assist the drying process and impart attractive texture and aromas to fabrics by transferring a formulated solid material from sheet to clothes within a tumble dryer.

The governing relationship between formulation design and transfer efficiency is not however well understood; better understanding would lead to less waste and more efficient drying, saving both material and energy.

Previous work between Birmingham and P&G studied drying both by measuring flows in working dryers [Drying Technology, 2021 doi.org/10.1080/07373937.2021.1918706] and by studying the transfer process at meso- and nano- scales, using AFM and micromanipulation probes, but was constrained to the current formulation to establish the basis of product action.

The new project will capitalize on the established measurement capabilities, fundamental knowledge, and possible Mode of Actions to investigate the relationship between product formulation, product manufacturing processes, and transfer efficiency between sheet and clothes. Different formulations will be studied to better understand the role of each component in the mixture.

The aim is to identify the relationship between manufacturing processes and product performance, leading for example to better understanding of how to control product tackiness, adhesion, and transfer profile. The fundamental engineering science that underpins product performance will be identified using leading-edge interfacial equipment, including AFM, DVS, nanoidentation, micromanipulation, and hyperspectral SWIR imaging system. 

Funding notes:

For informal enquiries please contact cdt-formulation@contacts.bham.ac.uk, together with a CV. Candidates must have Home student status and have at least a 2.1 in a relevant degree discipline or a 2.2 plus an MSc. For details on the Engineering Doctorate scheme visit the homepage. Deadline November 14th.

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Richard Greenwood, Email: cdt-formulation@contacts.bham.ac.uk, Telephone: +441214140000

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