Oil spillages can be large-scale ecological disasters or small accidents at home. The removal of oil often requires the use of sorbents as part of, or the whole of the solution, frequently through the use of oil derived polypropylene meshes. Feathers are a naturally oleophilic material and are an abundant byproduct of the poultry and down industry. This project looks to investigate the potential of nonwoven feather mats to be used as a high performance, sustainable and practical solution to oil spillages at both the large and home scale.
We are seeking a graduate research scientist to help develop our technical knowledge in this area. This is a hands-on role where the candidate will gain practical experience working within an energising start-up environment to establish new testing methods and protocols for oil sorption. This will be a fast-paced R&D environment, with scope across multiple disciplines including chemistry, physics and material science. This role will primarily involve lab-based research with some desk-based research for collating data and reporting to colleagues.
- Perform lab-based experiments to determine fundamental properties of oil sorption.
- Develop testing methods to differentiate between individual mechanistic processes of performance.
- Coordinate with external testing facilities to establish collaboration.
- Analyse, manage and present results to the R&D and management team on a regular basis.
- Organise, manage and track data in a logical format.
This is a fixed term contract of 3 months, on a full-time basis.
This internship is partially funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.