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Sustainable Paints - Removing the Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Key Information

Supervisors

Academic Supervisor: Dr Ian Mabbett

Industrial Supervisor: Dr Peter Barker

Expected Interview date: March 2020

Background

Tata Steel Europe (TSE) is the second largest producer of pre-painted steel in Europe. To maintain this position, the organisation is constantly trying to improve the current product range, either through the development of best in class coatings for the construction industry, improved offerings in service or through added functionality.

Tata’s premium coated products can offer maintenance free warranties of up to 40 years and this technology is based on decades of experience formulating paints sourced from fossil fuels as their feedstock. With ever increasing focus on sustainability credentials and the circular economy, can the main premium product from Tata Steel Colors UK be formulated from non-fossil fuel sources.  As part of the development, it is essential that the performance under different climatic conditions is fully understood to support product guarantees, and product development of the next generation of painted steel coatings.

Project Aims

  • Work in conjunction with key paint suppliers to fully understand the current paint formulation
  • Use gained knowledge of suppliers who can offer synthetic alternatives of the key ingredients and formulate paints based on these alternatives
  • Increase knowledge of constituent supply chain options for bio resin products
  • Produce a paint formulation for Tata Steel Colors UK branded product with the highest quantity of bio resin possible
  • Evaluate mechanisms and rates of organic coating degradation and erosion via external and accelerated testing, UV, ATR FTIR and Raman spectroscopy.

 

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise.
 
The M2A is committed to providing top quality research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners.Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunity to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University. 
 
Sponsoring Company Tata Steel Colors

Tata Steel Europe (TSE) is the second largest producer of pre-painted steel in Europe. To maintain this position, the organisation is constantly trying to improve the current product range, either through the development of best in class coatings for the construction industry, improved offerings in service or through added functionality.

Company Website Eligibility
We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.
Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application. 
Full eligibility can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility
Funding
Fees at UK/EU rate and a stipend of £20000 per annum for a period of four years. 
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.
Closing Date 1 April 2020

Start Date October 2020


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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk