PhD: Bio-based Coalescing Aids for Paints and Coatings

Job Title: PhD: Bio-based Coalescing Aids for Paints and Coatings
Organization: University of York - Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence
Location: York, UK
Duration: 3.5 years
Pay/Volunteer: (i) a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£15,609 for 2021-22), (ii) tuition fees at the Home rate, (iii) funding for consumables.
Deadline: 5 July 2021
Description: Coalescing aids are widely utilised in the paints and coatings industry as means of optimising film formation. They function by plasticising the base polymer of latex reducing the temperature at which an appropriate film may form. However, current coalescing aids are predominately derived from non-renewable fossil resources and therefore have a detrimental carbon impact and long-term supply concerns. Biomass derived coalescing agents are of significant commercial interest on the basis of improved carbon impact and potentially enhanced end-of-life options. The challenge is preparing new coalescing aids from biomass of appropriate performance, whilst also ensuring their chosen pathways of production are both sustainable and scalable.
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