This page will keep you up to date with everything that’s happened in the MICSED programme. Contact John Evans for more information or to add information.
The MICSED programme (Molecular Interactions in Complex Systems European Doctorate) was a Industrial Doctorate programme supporting five PhD students (Mr. Salvatore Croce, Miss Elise Sabattié, Mr. Benjamin Devilliers, Miss Niamh Ainsworth and Miss Anna Stanczak) in their research on the scientific principles that lie behind modern consumer goods. The project was funded by the EU commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, under the guidance of Durham University and Procter and Gamble.
“We are working on a range of exciting projects, delivering molecular-level insight into the complex physics and chemistries that lie behind popular products, such as laundry detergents, diapers and feminine hygiene products. Success in the projects will deliver new scientific knowledge but also allow step-changes in the efficacy of products used by billions of consumers world-wide. It will also allow increased product stability leading to significant sustainability gains in manufacturing, formulation, packaging and transport costs.” – Prof. John Evans, project coordinator at Durham University.
The PhD students, or early stage researchers (ESR’s), spent their first twelve months of research at Durham University based in either the Chemistry or Maths Departments. Following this, the teams moved to secondments at P&G innovation centres in Belgium and Germany. After 18 months they returned to Durham, to complete their research and write up their PhD thesis.
By summer 2018 the ESRs’ research was complete. Elise, Salvatore, Niamh and Anna had submitted their theses and Benjamin was in the final stages of preparing his thesis. The ESRs are now pursuing careers across Europe. Elise is working as a Materials Scientist with Braun, Niamh is working for Fujifilm, Salvatore is working as a Quantitative Analyst for Oliver Wyman, Anna is working as a Research Analyst at McKinsey & Company and Benjamin is starting a firm to produce and supply natural cosmetics. The wider MICSED team wishes them every success in the future!