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Mechanochemical Processes for the Sustainable Manufacture of Materials

Project Description

A fully sustainable chemical industry relies on the effective utilization of materials. Currently, 90% of the total mass used in chemical and pharmaceutical processes require the use of solvents. The extensive use of solvents in the pharmaceutical industry have been recognised as an environmental threat that hinders sustainability. These materials are a major source of toxicity, waste, pollution and cost in the pharmaceuticals industry. Alternative sustainable manufacturing technologies with technical and economic appeal are much needed to modernize the industry and to develop new materials in a sustainable manner.

Mechanochemical manufacturing of materials is a solventless process that can replace contemporary production schemes. Even so, the physicochemical fundamentals of this method remain a puzzle, inhibiting its industrial applicability. This project aims at identifying the mechanism behind this process while synthesising various materials including pharmaceutical co-crystals, metal-organic frameworks and biomaterials. In this project, you will utilise a wide range of materials characterization methods including diffraction, thermal and microscopic techniques.

The experimental aspects of the project requires a student with a strong background in chemical engineering and material science. The ability to think outside the box and enthusiasm for combining experimental and theoretical methods are essential.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent). Any English language requirements must be met at the deadline for applications.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Bernardo Castro ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019

Funding Notes

This project is eligible for inclusion in funding rounds scheduled for end of November 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019 and April 2019. A full application must have been submitted before inclusion in a funding round.

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 61.00

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