EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product
The CDT addresses a major challenge identified by the leading industry partners and the wider chemical and pharma producing sectors: how to deliver a final product that has the required molecular structure/system to deliver the desired performance attributes. Sectors of interest include speciality chemicals, agrochemicals, home and personal care (HPC), fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food and beverage, and pharma/biopharma.
High value products are complex combinations of a number of different components; compounding this is the way in which they are structured, along with the effect of the manufacturing process and equipment, all of which have an impact on product performance.
The figure below summarises the ‘design and supply’ paradigm that underpins the CDT vision with the three elements, ‘Design and Processing’, ‘Characterise and Analyse’ and ‘Optimise and Scale-up’ shaping the Themes that form the basis of the research training programme: Product Functionalisation and Performance, Product Characterisation, and Process Modelling between Scales.