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3 Year Industry-led funded PhD: Developing novel structural composites from recycled materials (213)

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Centre for Global Eco-Innovation
26 July 2012
North West England > Lancashire
Earth, Environment & Energy
Course fee
Postgraduate tuition fees paid for by partner business (worth £12,000) and receive £16,000 per year!

Further information

The development, manufacture and evaluation of novel structural composites made from 100% recycled polymeric fraction is the ambition of this project. Equestrian Surfaces are now one of the world's leading manufacturers, installers and suppliers of horse riding surfaces and enclosures. Equestrian Surfaces sister group company Eco2 secure supply channels for raw materials and develop cost effective equine related products and technologies for Equestrian Surfaces products. This research project seeks to develop and optimise 100% recycled polymeric content novel structural composite materials for use in equine fencing systems. The aims and objectives of the project are to quantify and understand the material properties of the recycled feedstock materials and to model and measure the structural performance of the novel composite and prototype fencing system. Through definition of a manufacturing and performance specification of the novel composite, consideration of the material for wider structural applications will be possible. A graduate holding a good honours degree in engineering, materials science or a related subject will be sought for the project.

Project supervision

  • Eco2 enterprises LLP
  • University of Lancaster

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation
This PhD is one of 50 industry-led funded PhD projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. The centre brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool, together with international commercialisation consultancy Inventya Ltd. The aim of the centre is to form collaborative R&D partnerships to enable and drive innovation in businesses, supporting the development of new products, processes and services for the global marketplace that have positive environmental benefits.
By joining the centre you will receive £16,000 per year as a centre graduate, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business (worth £12,000) and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. The Centre for Global Eco-innovation is the only centre of its kind in Europe and is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

This research project has funding attached. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.
Application details

To apply for this opportunity please email with:

  • A completed Application Criteria document (.doc file)
  • 2 page CV
  • 2 page expression of interest
  • Reference number: 213

Application deadline

  • 6th August 2012

Interview date

  • Expected to be held by 20th August

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

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