Medical Engineering: KESS II Funded MSc by Research Studentship: 3D printing artificial beef with plant protein

  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • Deadline: August 31, 2017
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Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

By 2060, the human population is predicted to reach 9.5 billion and, with a rising demand for meat from rapidly developing populations in, for example, China and India, the market in meat is expected to double by the middle of the century. Natural beef produced by cattles is very inefficient, as they require 100 g of vegetable protein to produce only 15 g of edible animal protein. Human beings have a very strong tendency to enjoy meat as meat provide nutrients, salt, iron, zinc, good source of fat and calories, the advantage that gave to human during evolution. However, to increase meat production will have huge impact on environment. Some researchers use stem cells to produce beef in the lab, but the beef from stem cell technology may has a long way to go before the meat produced can be available for public consumption. Vegetable proteins can provide similar nutrient factors in comparison with meat. What really matters for meat consumers are the looking, flavour, texture and tenderness of the meat. Recently, there is revolutionary development in manufacturing by using 3D printing technology.

3D printing has been used to produce tissue and organs aiming for tissue regeneration. AcerChem Ltd is a world leading company to manufacture and market vegetable proteins. We hypothesise that by using vegetable proteins and 3D printing technology, it will be possible to produce artificial meat, such as beef with the similar appearance, flavour, texture in addition to the nutrient factors.

The objectives of this project are:

1. Comparing nutrient factors of beef with vegetable proteins provided by AcerChem Ltd.

2. Amino acid profile of these formulations will be analysed. A formula matches the nutrient profile of beef will be created.

3. Food ingredients which can form similar texture flavour and tenderness of beef will be selected as additives to the artificial beef.

4. The mixture of the materials will be 3D printed to mimic real beef.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in engineering, medicine, biology, natural or physical sciences, or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.

Benefits

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend.  The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,472 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

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