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PhD ICASE Studentship with Procter & Gamble: Bio-based and biodegradable polymer discovery for “green” product formulation

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D Fulton
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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Start date and duration
September 2020 for 4 years

Application closing date
April 3 2020

Polymers have been an important component of detergent and cleaner formulations for many years, where their purpose is to improve product performance. Many of these polymers, however, are petrochemical-based with their worldwide consumption > 130,000 tonnes per year. Concerns regarding depletion of fossil resources, disposal and related issues, as well as evolving government policies, are driving the search for alternatives, and there is now an urgent need to develop bio-based and biodegradable alternatives to petrochemical-based polymers in formulations.

In this regard, polysaccharides are of considerable potential. The aim of this project is to develop new polysaccharide biopolymers derived from sustainable feedstocks that create novel functionalities including polymers that entrap hydrophobic guests within their 3D structures and as flexible amphiphilic polymers (beneficial for anti-redeposition). This work will involve the modification of and the determination of their abilities to complex dyes, stabilize soil suspensions and bind to fabrics. The project will appeal to those interested in applying organic, polymer and supramolecular chemistries to real world problems, and will benefit from close collaboration with scientists at Procter & Gamble Newcastle Innovation Centre.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Procter & Gamble

Name of supervisor(s)
Dr David A Fulton ( (Newcastle University)
Dr Gang Si (Procter & Gamble)

Eligibility Criteria
The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

A Master’s level degree in chemistry (1st Class or 2:1 minimum or equivalent) is required.

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the programme code 8100F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD Chemistry - Chemistry’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code nes028 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code nes028 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

For informal enquiries and further details, contact [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,285

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