Case Studies

Through our consultancy and funding programs we offer our unique services to both large multinational companies as well as Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

See below the ways we’ve used our academics expertise and the facilities at the University of Edinburgh to give insight into products from all scales of enterprise.

Why not get in touch with us and see how we can help you to advance your products.

Characterising microalgae-derived polysaccharides

Glycomar and their partners, MicroA, wanted to optimise the processability of a new polysaccharide gel under development. GlycoMar
collaborated with the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership (along with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and University of Strathclyde,

Tasty textures controlled through ice crystal growth in meat free substitutes

Quorn Foods is a subsidiary of Monde Nissin, a global food company who own many well known. brands Quorn was purchased in 2015 for 550 m and their popular mycoprotein based meat substitute products are commonly seen in supermarket aisles They are continuing to develop new Quorn choices for their customers around the world, with several new products launched in 2019

Insight into Drying Paints

Supporting one of our top final-year students to work on a summer project can be an excellent way to get a taster of what we can do for you.

AkzoNobel is the largest global paint and coatings company producing well known UK Decorative paint brands such as Dulux, Glidden, Cuprinol and Hammerite. Through working with ECFP, scientists at AkzoNobel gained new insights into the processes of film formation and drying within their paints.

Creating pocket dog biscuits

Innovation vouchers provide an ideal route for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of the expertise of academics and facilities at the University of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership (ECFP) engaged with the new start-up company PAWSitively Natural under an innovation voucher scheme from the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) to explore whether the principles of soft matter physics could be applied to improve the physical stability of biscuits.

Insight into Deep Heat

The Mentholatum Company Ltd specialises in the manufacture and supply of high quality healthcare products. Through this relationship the company has gained insights into the physical properties of existing products which will enable them to screen for new product development prototypes on the basis of objective evidence and hard data rather than subjective assessments alone

Other Example Projects

  • Size measurement of nanoparticles up to ф ~ 20%
  • Formulation renovation and reformulation
  • Characterising factors affecting protein aggregation
  • Microencapsulation and bicontinous structures
  • Understanding the flow properties of a product
  • Measuring motility of microorganisms
  • Examining structure evolution during drying
  • Predicting and preventing phase separation in a product