Colloid science is a very broad and dynamic topic, spanning a wide range of areas within soft matter, from classical dispersions and surfactants, to biological interfaces and biocolloids, nanoparticles for drug delivery, formulation science, self-assembled systems, ‘smart’ materials and active matter. We are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in colloid science: chemists, engineers, physicists, biologists, pharmacists, food scientists - and we welcome you to our meetings!
This committee has a long history. The CSCG (SCI) was founded in 1958 by Sir Eric Rideal to support the growing importance of colloids and surface chemistry in industry. In 1971, Ron Ottewill, Geoff Parfitt and Dennis Haydon created the CISG within the Faraday Society, in response to the increasing number of colloid centres within academia. In 2002 the two groups joined to form the "Joint Colloids Group" (JCG) and provide a coherent focus for the UK colloid and interface science community, both in academia and industry.
The Joint Colloids Group runs various scientific events, from one-day meetings to a triennial multi-day international conference (UK Colloids, since 2011). We also support bursaries for attendance at UK and worldwide meetings through the Rideal Trust. We administer three awards: the McBain Medal, the Thomas Graham Lecture and the Rideal Lecture, which recognise researchers through the different stages of their career (further detail can be found on this website).
Your support, input and suggestions are highly appreciated, whether as a speaker, delegate or sponsor, an established scientist, a PhD student or an early career researcher. If you are interested in becoming involved, please do contact us. We look forward to meeting you at our events.
Jeroen van Duijneveldt, Chair of the Joint Colloids Group
Katharine Burr Blodgett PhD Award Winner 2020
James Wilkinson Hindley has been awarded the Katharine Burr Blodgett PhD Award. James conducts research into:
- Engineering light-responsive vesicle-in-vesicle (nested vesicle) systems to control enzymatic catalysis
- Engineering emulsion-based ternary (three-lipid) vesicles as thermoresponsive content release platforms
- Engineering artificial signalling pathways in nested vesicle systems
To find out more about James' research please follow this link. The Katharine Burr Blodgett Award is given annually to honour a researcher working in the field of colloid and interface science and who was awarded a PhD degree within the past year.
The winner will receive a certificate, a prize of £200, and a year’s membership of SCI. The award winner will be expected to present a research talk at an Early Career Colloid (ECCo) meeting. (Travel costs will be covered within reasonable limits: up to £1,000 for overseas travel).
The award is named in honour of Katharine Burr Blodgett, who was the first woman to receive a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge. She developed methods to spread molecules on the surfaces of water and to deposit molecular films on solid surfaces via what is now called the “Langmuir-Blodgett” technique. She also developed methods to measure thickness via the analysis of interference colours.
Please find the new Joint Colloids group news letter at this link.
This is the fourth colloid science conference in this series and will be held 19-21 July 2021. It is being jointly organised by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Science Group and will provide a perfect opportunity for UK and international researchers interested in colloid and interface science to meet, present and discuss issues related to current developments in this field.
The Sir Eric Rideal Travel Bursaries are a joint bursary between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemical Industry. It provides funds for attendance at a conference in the field of colloid and surface science.
Sir Eric Rideal (1890–1974) was the founding Chair of the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group.
The Rideal Trust annually offers financial assistance to promising academic research workers in the general field of colloid and surface science to attend conferences and/or to visit relevant research institutions.
Awards of up to £500 will be made on a competitive basis to assist with travel and/or subsistence and/or conference registration fees.
There are two closing dates for applications each year:
- 15 April (for travel planned between 1 June and 31 December)
- 15 October (for travel planned between 1 December and 30 June).
Please see the Rideal Bursary page on the SCI’s website for specifics.
The Joint Colloids group has established a Twitter handle. Follow us on @ColloidsGroup to keep up-to-date with news and events for the UK colloids and surface science community.