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The Colloid and Polymer Engineering research group in the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering has an opening for a PhD studentship, partly sponsored by Procter & Gamble. This project is based on a long-term collaboration with the company to develop novel encapsulation technologies for application across the large port-folio of P&G. This studentship will focus on a method recently developed in the group that enables full retention and triggered release of small, volatile fragrance oils. We have recently filed 5 patents with P&G on this technology and there is now a large opportunity to expand the work that has been carried out so far.
The selected student will concentrate on 3 directions as follows:
a) they will conduct systematic experiments to build up an improved understanding of the phenomena taking place during the microcapsule formation; b) they will combine the data collected to empirical and theoretical models to predict the characteristics of the manufactured microcapsules;
c) they will explore new avenues for adapting the microcapsule designs to expand the range of possible applications of the technology.