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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