Development and testing of new bio plastic materials

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University (The Sunday Times' University of the Year 2018) and Exoplastics Limited.

One year enterprise-led funded Masters by Research, Ref. No. 117

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have your tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay £2,260, and International students pay £15,945.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The Project

This project seeks to further develop an innovative and sustainable material which will reduce the amount of plastic being manufactured. Over 8.3 bn tonnes of plastic has been produced to date across the globe. A staggering 79% of this material still exists in the world today, whether it still be in use or in landfill site, or discarded in the wider environment. Exoplastics is developing 'EXO', a bio-renewable resin replacement material made from a sustainable bio source, waste Oyster shell. This material can be utilised to reduce the amount of petroleum-based polymer needed for plastic products. It has the potential to replace 25-45% of plastic being produced.

This research project aims to develop a variety of different EXO/polymer composite formulations, assessing their physicochemical properties and biodegradation characteristics. A key objective is to formulate a blend from which a certifiable compostable bio plastic film can be made. The successful candidate will explore product potential across a number of applications and help to discover an effective way to incorporate this bio-renewable material.

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This project is part funded by the European Regional development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, please see our website.

Application deadline

23rd September 2018

Start dates of October 18 or January 19 available