Micropore was delighted to be present at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers’ Day 7-8 May at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Now in its third year, this event provided an excellent opportunity to meet existing customers and profile Micropore's unique technology to this important sector.
Micropore Technologies were one of just eight winners in the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Chemistry Means Business awards. This was a showcase of success and innovation in the sector across the UK and Europe, took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster on 15 October, complete with sweeping views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
The focus of the event was our Emerging Technologies Competition final, in which 39 candidates – from a mixture of start-ups, SMEs and university research spin-outs – pitched their ideas to panels of experts in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition. Ideas had to fit into one of four categories, Food and Drink, Materials and Enabling Technology, Energy and the Environment and Health.
Micropore AXF has been awarded an Innovation Award for Pharmaceutical Equipment innovation by Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
On 22nd May Micropore participated in the Tees Valley Venturefest innovation showcase. During this one day conference, held at the Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel in County Durham in the north of England, Micropore was presented as an example of how to build a business based on innovative technology.
I have been involved with CCI since its foundation by the late Tom Swan and it is a pleasure to continue to support its valuable work through Micropore some 20 years later.
Micropore CEO Dai Hayward
Micropore have donated £2,000 received from the 2018 NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) Innovation Award to the highly successful Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme aimed at teachers and children in primary schools, and science-based manufacturing companies in the UK.
The CCI programme aims to improve the perception and understanding of science and industry by teachers and children. The programme combines classroom science lessons led by expert advisory teachers, with visits to industry, to enhance teachers’ confidence and tailored to meet the needs of the science curriculum.
Micropore were delighted to be invited to participate in the event to celebrate the Innovate Tees Valley programme held at Wynyard Hall in Teesside on Tuesday 20th March. This will be followed by a showcase event on Tuesday 22nd May, also to be held at Wynyard Hall, where Micropore will join other cutting-edge businesses from the region demonstrating of the incredible innovation that is currently underway in the Tees Valley.
Micropore’s patented encapsulation technology originated in the department of chemical engineering at Loughborough University. The principal inventor, Richard Holdich, is the Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of Department. Professor Holdich has published many papers in the field, and is author of a book on Particle Technology. Micropore Technologies Limited was established over ten years ago as a high-technology spin-out of Loughborough University and is a solutions provider commercialising products and technology based on its patented encapsulation and emulsification processes.
Micropore's new, potentially game-changing industrial technology, has been recognised with the 2018 award for innovation at the 12th Annual NEPIC Industry Awards
Although the body of the Micropore AXP-1 crossflow membrane emulsification unit is less than 12 inches long it is capable of producing product emulsions at quality and quantity (well over 1,000 tonnes/year of product) that simply hasn’t been possible to achieve previously via the traditional homogenisers used in manufacturing products from mayonnaise to hand creams.
The uniqueness of Micropore’s technology is its potential for creating emulsions featuring highly uniform droplet sizes. For product emulsions, (combinations of substances) this creates an inherently more stable product and better quality product. Less unwanted additives are required in the process, reducing raw material costs and, because the mixing process is gentler for the ingredients, sensitive substances can be processed without damage – significantly reducing wastage.
At first glance the precision-engineered tubular Micropore AXF-1 device is deceptively simple, featuring no moving parts. The substance to be dispersed in the emulsion is pumped through the membrane tube, passing through the laser drilled micro pores whilst the continuous phase substance flows around the tube providing the shear force necessary to deform and detach the droplets as they form through the membrane. It is the precise size and distribution of the pores in the membrane that enables the production of droplets of a highly uniform size. Adjusting the flow rates of each substance allows different droplet sizes to be created.
The Micropore AXF-1 is the final piece of the jigsaw in Micropore’s product line-up and removes the last barrier to scale-up to mass manufacturing.
Emulsions produced through the Micropore system can also be turned into microcapsules for a variety of products where highly uniform capsule sizes is equally desirable to ensure a consistency of product delivery.
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Micropore was delighted to be awarded first prize for their poster presentation at the SCI's Formulation Group’s inaugural 2-day workshop event in London 17-18 January 2018, visually demonstrating the industrial scale-up the company has managed to achieve with their membrane emulsification technology.
“We thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting at ‘Food matters Live’ for the first time. It was an opportunity to formally launch the ‘Micropore AXF’" says Business Development Manager Dave Palmer. He continues: "This new aseptic cross flow device is capable of producing large volumes of high quality emulsions suitable for the food and pharma industries. We met a large number of potential clients and had a lot interesting discussions on how our technology can allow improved manufacture or novel delivery systems in the food and beverage industries.”
Food Matters Live 2017 highlights video
TECHNOLOGY EXISTS TO AVOID DAMAGING OUR OCEANS BY USING A BIODEGRADABLE ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC MICROBEADS
Micropore's unique technology, could allow the mass production of sustainable biodegradable microbeads to replace the harmful plastic beads that Sir David Attenborough says are poisoning Earth’s oceans.
The BBC Blue Planet II series is drawing public attention to the ecologically damaging plastic microbeads added to personal care and cleaning products that are now posing an extinction-level threat to birds, fish and other marine life when they end up in rivers and oceans.
As a result of recent campaigning by environmental groups, countries around the world are now taking action against micro plastics and personal care products containing microbeads are being taken off the shelves. However, earlier this year, a research team from the University of Bath announced the development of a process for the production of a biodegradable renewable alternative to plastic microbeads.
MICRO ENGINEERED CAPSULES OF WAX ARE ENABLING THE CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS THAT AUTOMATICALLY SELF-REGULATE THEIR OWN TEMPERATURE
A unique technology for producing highly uniform micro capsules developed by Micropore Technologies will enable the production of efficient new smart construction materials with what are described as ‘phase-change’ properties. When incorporated into walling or roofing, phase change materials or PCMs, as they are known, automatically respond to the extremes of temperature absorbing heat when the ambient temperature rises and emitting it back out when the surrounding temperature begins to fall.
These micro capsules, within the wall structure, melt when the temperature rises beyond a determined level, absorbing heat. When the temperature begins to cool, the material solidifies again emitting the latent stored heat. Testing has demonstrated that this melting and re-solidifying process can be repeated many, many thousands of times with an expected life expectancy of 30 years or more. Thus PCMs can offer significant long term savings in the energy used for climate control, with an attractive two year return on investment and the possibility of achieving a significantly reduction on the building’s environmental footprint.
Microbeads are little spheres of plastic less than 0.5 mm in size that are added to personal care and cleaning products including toothpaste, cosmetics, shower gel, sunscreens and fillers. Too small to be removed by sewage filtration systems, these ecologically damaging plastic contaminants end up in rivers and oceans, where they are ingested by birds, fish and other marine life.
It is estimated that a single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering the ocean, contributing to the eight million tonnes of plastic that enters the ocean every year. It is feared that the particles may also be entering the food chain, harming wildlife but also potentially ending up in our food.
As a result of recent campaigning by environmental groups, countries around the world are taking action against microplastics. Britain has pledged to ban the products containing plastic microbeads by the end of 2017 and France and Sweden have made similar pledges to come into force in early 2018.
Now a research team, from the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT), has developed a way of producing a biodegradable renewable alternative to plastic microbeads in a scalable, continuous microencapsulaton process.
The new more eco-friendly beads are made from cellulose, which is the material that forms the fibres found in wood and plants. Bath’s scientists have developed a process to dissolve the cellulose to reform it into tiny beads by forming droplets that are then “set”. These microbeads are robust enough to remain stable in a bodywash, but can be broken down by organisms at the sewage treatment works, or even in the environment in a short period of time.
The researchers anticipate they could use cellulose from a range of “waste” sources, including from the paper making industry as a renewable source of raw material.
Dave Palmer, Micropore’s Business Development Manager says: "Building on the process developed at Bath, Micropore’s patented continuous encapsulation technology will allow the particle size and particle size distribution to be tailored, at industrial meaningful flow rates. So instead of the millilitres per hour achieved in the laboratory we're talking about the litres per hour that will be required by product manufacturers."
Bath University article
James Coombs OBrien, Laura Torrente-Murciano, David Mattia and Janet L Scott’s published paper
For more information on industrial scale micro-encapsulation contact: Dave Palmer at Micropore Technology