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Product Development Scientist Intern (Summer Programme)

  • Internship
    Summer Internship
  • Science
  • London

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  • You need a Chemistry degree, lab experience, analytical skills, technical communication, knowledge in organic chemistry and materials synthesis, understanding of PFAS, COSHH form writing, project management, and multitasking abilities.
  • You will conduct material synthesis experiments in the lab, analyze data to identify performance trends, and collaborate closely with the engineering team to prepare materials for market.


  • Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Degree background in Chemistry or related discipline (penultimate/finalists/recent graduates)
  • Familiar with working in a laboratory environment, with attention to good laboratory practices and high standard of health and safety
  • An analytical mindset (e.g. ability to interpret data and draw conclusions)
  • Good technical communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Preferred Skills/Abilities:
  • Understanding and some experience in organic chemistry and materials synthesis
  • Some knowledge around PFAS and current technologies used to remove them from water
  • Experience writing COSHH forms and risk assessments.
  • Good project management skills
  • Able to multi-task and adapt efficiently.


  • This project is a material synthesis project hence you will mainly be based in the lab conducting experiments working as a valued member of the product development team. Material characterisation will be carried out in the lab and data collected will be interpreted to identify trends in performance and elucidate structure-property-performance relationships. Given that the product development team work very closely with engineering department you will be exposed to all aspects of material testing and gain insight into the work undertaken to get a material ready to go to market.

We Protect Environmental & Human Health by Engineering Targeted Materials to Capture Chemicals

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Mission & Purpose

Puraffinity is a spinout company from Imperial College London that specialises in designing and manufacturing novel advanced materials for environmental benefit, such as removing harmful pollutants from water and wastewater. Focusing initially on PFAS removal, Puraffinity has developed an innovative adsorbent media allowing an easily deployable solution for addressing PFAS compliance. In addition, the solution is highly cost effective, providing an attractive Return On Investment for customers, and reduced life-cycle costs. Founded in 2015, Puraffinity is backed by leading sustainability investors Kindred Capital, Heritage Group Ventures and Investiere (Verve) Capital Partners. Puraffinity combines chemistry and material engineering expertise to architect molecular structures that exhibit a high affinity towards target compounds and can bind them effectively. The result is a new class of targeted adsorbent media that selectively captures emerging contaminants such as PFAS. The technology we develop can be used for PFAS treatment in different applications and water matrices which cover a variety of markets such as Point of Use, municipal potable water, groundwater remediation, industrial manufacturing, airport/military bases, oil and gas. By harnessing multidisciplinary approaches and scientific principles, our mission is to create sustainable environmental solutions for tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges.