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.

This project gives a unique opportunity to develop an innovative and sustainable material which will reduce the amount of plastic being manufactured. Over 8.3bn 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 sites. 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. The successful candidate will explore product potential across a number of applications and help to discover a safe way to incorporate this bio material.

Applicants with a background in chemistry and an interest in material science are sought.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, with supervision from Dr John Hardy and Exoplastics Limited. Exoplastics Limited is owned by Global Trading UK Limited, a leading packaging importer and distributor based in Preston. The company markets the EXO product under the Exoplastics banner to enable sales to domestic and foreign plastics manufacturers and packaging firms. In over 40 years of trading the parent company has established manufacturing partnerships worldwide

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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: 25th November 2018

This project will begin January 2019