In 2015 the company is sponsoring a three-year PhD studentship at the University of Bradford in the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics/IRC in Polymer Engineering, valued at over £60,000.
The PhD will be open to UK and EU nationals. The focus of the research will be to investigate the processing and development of high performance compounds based on PLA. In addition, the student will have the opportunity gain experience of compounding, injection moulding, sheet extrusion, blown film production as well as the full range of analysis techniques with a focus on thermo-mechanical properties and rheology.
Commenting on the announcement Floreon CEO, Shaun Chatterton said: “The majority of plastic materials produced globally are still oil based. But there is a greater focus on climate change, a desire to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and growing consumer demand for more environmentally friendly plastics. It is essential that in response to these drivers we develop advanced bioplastics that perform as well as, or better than, their oil based counterparts. To do this we need to tap into the brightest scientific minds – which is why we are announcing this PhD opportunity with Bradford.”
Dr Andrew Gill, Floreon Technical Director, said: “We hope that through this new PhD, and our strong research partnerships with Sheffield, Bradford and Hull Universities, we will develop a range of new products with lower environmental impact than existing alternatives. This is an exciting opportunity for students in the field of polymer engineering and related disciplines as they will not only be supported closely by Floreon but also by leading academics in the field of polymer processing at the University of Bradford.”
Interested parties should send a CV with the names of two academic referees to Dr Adrian Kelly, School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP; or by e-mail to A.L.Kelly@Bradford.ac.uk. The closing date is Friday 28th August 2015.
Hull, UK based Floreon has invented a novel patented technology, called Floreon, that boosts the performance of standard PLA. Not only does Floreon have better toughness, higher strength and durability than PLA, but also it is recyclable and biodegradable and requires far less energy to process compared to rival products. Floreon has launched its 3D printing filament on Amazon UK and has plans to develop other applications for its high performance material, which is more environmentally friendly than plastics produced from oil.