EPSRC iCASE PhD studentship in Formulation Engineering

Vitamin deficiency and insufficiency is an increasing issue for health and immunity, even for countries like the UK, further highlighted by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. To address this issue, the development of combinational probiotic and prebiotic products worth exploring, for which the understanding of the science related to the processing, compression and stability of probiotics in the presence of prebiotics in such a dosage form is essential. The primary objectives are to understand thermo-mechanical behaviour of these combinational systems and to develop a robust design space for design and manufacture such dosage forms, while also ensuring the viability of the probiotics. Specific tasks for this project include but not limited to critical literature review to understand the background, the state-of-the-art and the challenges, to identify the knowledge gap, and to develop and implement a research plan to address the identified knowledge gaps.

Start date
1 January 2022
48 months
Application deadline
Funding source
iCase and P&G
Funding information

Funding for this project is available to UK applicants only. 100% of tuition fees will be covered, plus a standard annual stipend of £18,285.


The project aims to develop a science-based design space for co-delivery of combinations of pro- and prebiotics in consumer-desired dosage forms that meet regulatory requirements. To achieve this goal, the following specific objectives are identified for this work package:

  1. Develop full understanding of the raw materials and the compression properties of current product chassis
  2. Identify the knowledge gap through critical literature analysis, and design the research plan
  3. Develop a robust experimental/numerical protocol for producing and analysing the combinational dosage forms, and evaluate it with preliminary prototypes
  4. Define the science and technology of the requirements for generation of desirable attributes of the product as a function of ingredient properties.

Construct a design space for design and manufacture of combinational probiotic and prebiotic formulations.

Related links
Formulation and products

Eligibility criteria

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a first-class or upper second-class BSc or Master’s level degree (or international equivalent) in Engineering or a closely related subject area. The candidate should be a good team player and can engage in collaboration with good oral and written communication skills. Previous experience or some knowledge in powder technology and formulation science are desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

IELTS requirements: IELTS test (test not older than 2 years): 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with at least 6.0 in each band or equivalent.

This studentship is available primarily for UK students, but consideration will also be given to outstanding international students.

How to apply

In the first instance, please email a copy of CV, and/or transcripts to Prof. Charley Wu.

Application deadline

Contact details

Charley Wu
15 BC 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 683506
E-mail: c.y.wu@surrey.ac.uk

Formulation and Product

Our aim is to develop science-based predictive models, design tools and innovative manufacturing processes for formulated products based upon thorough process and mechanistic understanding. This is underpinned by our active research in particulate materials manufacturing, multiphase flow, advanced numerical modelling using coupled discrete element methods with computational fluid dynamics (DEM-CFD) and finite element modelling (FEM), process modelling and optimisation.


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