Development of novel sorptive extraction materials
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University
Project ID: CUK221
Annual Stipend: Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Application Deadline: 30 June 2018
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 Markes International and Cardiff University to develop a range of products as extraction media to sample and concentrate compounds of interest from aqueous matrices. This is alongside developing new alternative support materials with superior properties including an affinity for different compound types to enhance product functionality and specificity.
- to develop a range of products as extraction media to sample and concentrate compounds of interest from aqueous matrices
- to offer alternative polymer phases with affinity for different compound types to enhance the company’s product portfolio
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.
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To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the convergence area of Wales (West Wales and the Valleys) on registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.