Production of useful raw materials from the pyrolysis of waste plastics

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 Kerax Ltd.

1 Year Enterprise-led Funded Masters by Research, Ref. No. 86

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have you 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

Deriving value from waste and promoting a transition to a circular economy is one of the greatest challenges of the current generation.  We cannot keep taking, using and throwing away valuable materials.

Pyrolysis of waste plastics breaks down the polymers into a crude wax for potential use as a raw material, with a wide range of industrial applications. Reducing the odour and improving the colour of the crude wax is critical to the success of this novel supply chain. The project will look at what the contaminant components are, what suitable techniques might be used to remove them, and how to make the necessary quality improvements to enable the successful recycling of very large amounts of waste plastic into a useful raw material.

Applicants should have a degree in Chemistry (or related subject) at 2:1 or above. The successful applicant will gain skills in analytical chemistry (including NMR, mass spectrometry), purification technology (including chromatography) and preparative chemistry. An interest in analytical and synthetic chemistry coupled with enthusiasm for experimental work is essential.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, with supervision by Prof Joe Sweeney and Dr Julian Doulcet, and Kerax Ltd.

Initially established in 1962, Kerax Ltd are experts in wax and wax blending. From wax for candle makers to surface protection waxes, they manufacture and supply an extensive and comprehensive range of waxes and wax blends and are large-scale producers of petroleum jellies for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, industrial and commercial use.

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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

Deadline: 23rd September 2018

Start dates of October 18 or January 19 available