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Development of innovative additives targeting glazed ceramic surfaces


Project Description

EPSRC supported PhD with Integrated Studies: Development of innovative additives targeting glazed ceramic surfaces
Company title(s): Innospec
Location(s): University of Birmingham
Academic supervisor(s): Prof. Peter Fryer & Dr Zhenyu J. Zhang

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

Glazed ceramic products are widely used in domestic environments. These items are predominantly located in kitchen, bathroom, and utility room where surface cleanliness is a critical need by consumers. It is therefore desirable to develop an effective strategy to coat the aforementioned ceramic surfaces, resulting in excellent repellence to dirt/soil without altering the optical properties of the surface underneath. Currently, there is no commercial product available that could effectively repel dirt and minimise soil attachment from a clean surface.

One of the most viable options is the application of a thin polymeric film that is transparent and can be implemented relatively easily in household cleaning practice. It is expected that the polymers to be developed will satisfy the following requirements:
• Remain stable and active in a complex detergent matrix
• Coat a glazed ceramic surface within a short period of time
• Form a layer, with a controlled areal density, effectively and efficiently
• Won’t accumulate on the surface upon repeated applications
• The layer must be robust – cannot be removed readily
• The formed layer will render excellent repellence to dirt whilst being transparent
• The molecules could selectively target the breaks/irregularities where dirt/stain tend to accumulate

Funding Notes

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 View Website

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?
Chemical Engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 32.50

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