KESS PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: Developing products as extraction media

Employer
Cardiff University
Location
Other
Posted
July 24 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia

The project aims 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. 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 the Markes International and Cardiff University to develop a range of products as extraction media to sample and concentrate compounds of interest from aqueous matrices alongside with developing new alternative support materials with superior properties including an affinity for different compound types to enhance product functionality and specificity.


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.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government's European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme; by employers from the Convergence areas of Wales; and by Cardiff University.



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