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EPSRC Reference: EP/L505766/1
Title: Embedding Manufacturing Development into Formulation Research (EMFormR)
Principal Investigator: Simmons, Professor M
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Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 10 March 2014 Ends: 09 March 2017 Value (£): 196,041
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design Engineering Manufacturing Machine & Plant
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Summary on Grant Application Form
Johnson Matthey (JM), Unilever (UL) and ITS Ltd have established a project to develop approaches and techniques to

allow manufacturing related information to be gleaned during the development of new formulations. Generally, and

especially for products which contain multiple components, some of which do not mix (e.g. emulsions, creams, slurries,

suspensions), the formulator does not significantly consider the issues that will arise when the new product transfers from

the laboratory into pilot scale trials and finally into full scale manufacturing. Thus the traditional approaches to formulation

develop products at laboratory scale with little or no attention to their "manufacturability".

Not only is this inefficient in terms of research and development, it also leads to sub-optimal manufacturing; higher costs

and higher environmental impact. Compromises on product performance may need to be made to meet market launch

schedules, which may ultimately affect competitiveness and market share. Working with the Universities of Birmingham

(UoB) and Manchester (UoM), the project will address the key issues that have largely precluded gaining meaningful

process information at the laboratory scale.

This project will demonstrate the principles of embedding manufacturing process variable studies into the earliest stages of

product R&D by reducing the scale at which reliable process information can be obtained. Such concurrent productprocess

design will result in a greater innovation capability leading to faster launch of better products with an improved cost

structure and an enhanced capability for continued innovation. The project will thus introduce new techniques for product

and process characterisation, encompassing fluid flow, mixing characterisation, modelling and optimisation techniques and

engineering design. This will provide a framework for defining a process toolbox with the capability to create superior

products and production processes. This involves not only the time honoured issues of scale up but also specific

difficulties of measuring in real time the critical product properties across all scales.

Johnson Matthey and Unilever will apply the outcomes to vehicle emission control catalysts and hair care products respectively.
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