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Inhalers are devices that are used to deliver medication to the lungs to treat respiratory diseases like asthma and COPD (sv. KOL). Here at AstraZeneca several such inhaler products are produced. These inhalers are complex designs composed of plastic and metal components. The polymer material qualities that are accepted for use with pharmaceuticals and for medical devices are highly controlled and limited, resulting in extended timelines for finding alternative or replacement materials. To ensure long term supply of materials different strategies could be applied of which one way could be to set up security stocks of the critical materials. The plastic material suppliers normally ensure only limited shelf lives of their products but in most cases the materials can be used for extended periods.
The aim of this project is to determine the shelf life of the resins for some specified polymer material qualities. This included identification of appropriate material properties, methods for accelerated ageing and relevant test methods.
Master of science thesis in polymer technology, chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or equivalent, Students with strong background and interest in polymeric materials are encouraged to apply.
The work will be carried out at AstraZeneca, Södertälje
Starting date: Autumn 2018 or as agreed
Economic compensation will be awarded upon approval of report.
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