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A brief overview of formulation engineering principles using processed food as an example, with Professor Eddie Pelan, University of Birmingham

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Professor Eddie Pelan

Date: 24 March 2021   Time: 15:00 - 16:00

We are delighted to bring you today's speaker: Prof. Eddie Pelan, PhD

Title: A brief overview of formulation engineering principles using processed food as an example

Here is the link to the MS Teams channel

Abstract: I will present a very short description of what the University of Birmingham CDT in Formulation Engineering tries to do. Then I will introduce some generic aspects of (food) emulsions and show how many different products can be formulated using a relatively small class of ingredients. I will explain in passing how we use chemistry and physical aspects of materials, together with processing principles to create microstructures which become products that consumers interact with in daily use.

The presentation will cover the ideas and concepts behind the details, focussing mostly on generic concepts with the opportunity to engage the audience in some Q&A after the lecture part.

Bio: I graduated with a Physics background (QUB) and completed a Food Science PhD with Prof Eric Dickinson (Leeds). I have been an Industrial Research Scientist with Unilever R&D from 1985-2017. I have worked across all Food categories and many Home and Personal Care Categories, and have always been involved with various aspects of product microstructure. I have split my Unilever R&D career between Colworth House and Vlaardingen. Since 2018 I am now a member of the CDT Formulation Engineering at Birmingham and also a member of the Microstructural Research Group in the School of Chemical Engineering.

Location:  MS Teams
Contact:  Dr Stoyan Smoukov

Updated by: Colin J Rainey