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Developing a Mechanistic Understanding of Roller Compaction Process

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Granulation is a process of size enlargement of the powder particles. It is used in different sectors such as pharmaceutical and food industries to improve the properties of the powder and hence the final product. For example to produce a tablet that dissolve inside the human body within specific time or to improve the texture and the taste of the chocolate bar.

The interest of the industry in continuous granulation is growing due to many advantages. Roller compaction is a continuous dry granulation process in which the powder is compressed to produce ribbon. The mechanical properties of the primary particles play an important role in controlling the product quality. This project aims to develop a mechanistic understanding of roller compaction process by investigating the effect of the temperature on the primary powder and hence on the quality of the roller compaction process.

During the course of the project, the student will be trained on different production and analysing techniques that used in powder technology.

The candidate will be invited to the 9th International Granulation Conference in Switzerland. In addition, the student will be encouraged to attend different conferences of powder technology both inside and outside UK.

The student will receive training on different equipment that used different techniques to produce and to analyse ribbon and granules.

Many industries are using powder as a raw material, intermediate and final products so it is essential to have somebody with knowledge in powder technology.

In addition to the training that will be given to the student, the candidate will be also integrated into a group of researchers and other students. Also will have access to communicate with experienced people in industry and this will give the student the experience of performing the research in an industrial environment.

Funding Notes

Candidates should have a first class or upper second class degree in chemical engineering, control engineering, mathematics, material science, chemistry, or a related discipline.

If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.

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