Use of new materials for improved C&S in manufacturing

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Department of Chemical Engineering

Abstract

The cleaning and subsequent thermal sanitisation of manufacturing equipment for the removal of
biofilms between different products has a substantial impact on productivity (lost manufacturing time),
water use (for cleaning) and energy costs (heating of water)- costing millions of pound annually across
industry sectors.
Objectives:
To identify and evaluate manufacturing relevant, scalable surface modifications and alternate low
surface energy materials (Plastics)- to reduce microbial attachment and improved cleaning of biofilms.
To stress test the application technology using new and aged manufacturing materials (e.g. the
impact of corrosion and pitting on coating efficacy, long term stability of the new or modified material in
process)
To trial lead technologies in a contaminatable pilot plantestablishing
the effectiveness of these materials under normal process conditions

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R512540/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
2288179 Studentship EP/R512540/1 01/10/2017 31/03/2021 Fatemeh Alemi