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Project Assistant - Plastic Materials, Additive Processing and Characterisation


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You will be working on the project Antibiofilm Touch Point Films (ATP2) funded by NBIC.  Working towards the development a range of solid antimicrobial materials into product forms suitable for plastics and coatings processing, particularly polypropylene. One form required is a polymer masterbatch product, compatible with a talc-filled polypropylene resin that is injection moulded.

Duties and responsibilities

Starting with polypropylene:

  • Create a test matrix to identify specific compound components and isolate them to determine the effectiveness of the additives
  • Investigate dispersion and compounding of particles
  • Using a range of techniques characterise the dispersion and the disposition to understand stability, distribution and interface interactions. Particles for the purpose of dispersion during injection moulding. 
  • Characterisation of moulded test parts, agglomeration, effect on surface finish, 
  • Characterise the surface properties of the materials (EDS & SEM)
  • Provide samples to 5DHPG for testing.

Skills and experience

  • Materials scientist, polymer scientist, chemist, physicist with practical and theoretical experience of plastics processing technology and characterisation.
  • Hands-on, practical experience
  • Effective report writing skills
  • Good face-to-face communication skills
  • Project management experience desirable

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Opportunity Overview

  • August 5th, 2021
  • £10.61 per hour + £1.28 holiday pay + benefits
  • All grades
  • 6 Months
  • Warwick
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemistry
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Physics
  • Process
  • Science

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