17/10/2017

KESS2 PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: Development of novel sorptive extraction materials

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  • ORGANISATION NAME
    KESS
  • ORGANISATION COUNTRY
    United Kingdom
  • DEADLINE DATE
    20/02/2018
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Professions and applied sciences
  • CAREER STAGE
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Outline

This project aims to develop a range of products as

extraction media to sample and concentrate compounds of interest from

aqueous matrices and to offer alternative polymer phases with affinity

for different compound types to enhance the company’s product portfolio.

Markes International

is a pioneer of analytical thermal desorption instrumentation and

associated sampling equipment. The company’s products are widely used

for analysis of polymers, foods, pharmaceuticals and construction

products. Currently the company wants to expand their product range of

manual and automated sorptive extraction probes.

In this context,

the company is facing a number of challenges associated with development

of these products. The project will combine the expertise of the Markes

International and Cardiff University to develop a range of products as

extraction media to sample and concentrate compounds of interest from

aqueous matrices alongside with developing new alternative support

materials with superior properties including an affinity for different

compound types to enhance product functionality and specificity.

There are several technical and intellectual challenges associated with this project:

  • Design and develop a water-tight seal between polymeric material and its metal support on sorptive extraction probes;
  • Develop

    surface modification coating on polymeric materials to tailor

    adsorption properties and apply it on sorptive extraction probes;

  • Perform benchmarking of the developed materials against current probes;
  • Combine embedding technology at Markes International while producing sufficient test results for new products.

 

What is funded

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Duration

3 years.

Eligibility

Residency Applicants must have a home or work

address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the time of their

application for KESS funding and their enrolment for the course of study

(see details).

Academic criteria

Applicants are expected to have an

Upper-Second Class Honours Degree or above in Chemistry, Material

Science or Material Engineering.

Applicants must:

  • have a

    home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the

    time of their application for KESS funding and their enrolment for the

    course of study

  • have a legal right to live and work in the UK

    for the duration of the KESS2 support, and the right to take up paid

    work in the WWV region on completion of the scholarship

  • be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student.

The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen.