The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Formulation Engineering was first funded by EPSRC in 2001. In 2011, on its 10th anniversary, the Centre received one of the Diamond Jubilee Queen's Anniversary Prizes, for 'new technologies and leadership in formulation engineering in support of UK manufacturing'.
The scheme has a 100% employment record. A third of our Research Engineers have been recruited by their sponsors, whilst several Research Engineers now work for companies that did not sponsor their project but support a scheme. Over 70% are still employed in the field of Formulation Engineering.
The Centre is a four year postgraduate programme consisting of study and research, mainly based in industry. Research Engineers (students) are placed within their sponsoring company and carry out industry-focused research. We collaborate with world-leading companies including P&G, Kraft/Mondelez, Unilever, Johnson Matthey, Imerys, Pepsico and Rolls Royce.
The taught component of the course consists of a 12 week Masters level module covering the fundamental science and engineering behind formulation engineering, as well as business, legal and marketing components. It is intended that most of the modules are taken in the first two years and they are assessed by examination and coursework.
What is Formulation Engineering?
Formulation engineering concentrates on research into the physical, chemical and biological processes that create formulated product structure and the maintenance or breakdown of that structure in use. Classical process engineering is concerned with the processing of simple chemicals on a bulk scale (for example petroleum products and intermediate bulk chemicals), the physical properties of which can be described using thermodynamics.
However, modern processes are concerned with the creation and production of materials whose structure is complex for which the process history becomes important. Examples of these materials include food, pharmaceutical and speciality products such as paints, catalyst supports, polymer films, cosmetics, detergents and agrochemicals. In all of these, the material microstructure controls the physical and chemical properties which are essential to their function. To process these materials efficiently requires combined understanding of the chemistry, process and material science.
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