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 tri-annual 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.
Cécile Dreiss, Chair of the Joint Colloids Group
Follow the Joint Colloids Group on Twitter
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.
Nominations for McBain 2018 now open
An early career award in colloid & interface science
Nominations are now invited for the McBain Medal and Lecture. This is an early-career award for researchers and technologists working in the UK on topics of relevance to the sponsoring RSC/SCI Groups. The award is intended to recognise both achievement and evidence of future promise. To be eligible, candidates will have followed a career in research or technology of typically not more than 15 years’ duration since completing their postgraduate studies. Candidates will either be based in the UK, or, will at least have carried out a substantial part of their research work there.
Proposers and seconders must be members of one of the two sponsoring groups of the RSC and SCI, although candidates do not need not to be members themselves. Self-nominations are permitted, although in such cases the candidate must provide the names of two referees (with their permission) who themselves are members of one or other of the sponsoring groups of the SCI or RSC.
The deadline for nominations is 15 November 2017.
The committee will make a decision in early December. The name of the awardee will be announced in or by early 2018 and the McBain Lecture will be given at a mini-symposium, typically held in London, in the winter of 2018/2019.
The names of proposers and seconders, once logged, will be redacted before the nominations are put in front of the committee, who will not know whether they are self-nominations or from a third party. A decision is made on the basis of the case made by the proposers, together with what is known about the candidates in the public domain.
The committee reserve the right to make no award in the event of there being no suitable candidate in their opinion.
The Colloids Group website provides further information and links to an on-line nomination form.
Commercialisation of Pickering Emulsions, Thursday, 23rd November 2017, RSC, London
Co-organised with the Industrial Physical Chemistry Group, the Commercialisation of Pickering Emulsions offer a day-long programme aiming to:
• enhance the interface between industry and academia with respect to further understanding of Pickering technologies and to identify any challenges in commercialisation;
• establish “A Beginners Guide to Pickering Technologies”;
• direct future academic research to tackle the perceived current commercial limitations of Pickering emulsions; and
• give young colloid scientists the opportunity to meet established companies in the field.
Oral and poster abstract submission closes 10th October 2017.
McBain award lecture and symposium, Tuesday, 12th December 2017, SCI, London
Watching colloids work
The McBain medal is awarded annually by the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group to recognize a rising star in colloid and interface science. The 2017 McBain medal awardee is Dr Rico Tabor (Monash University). This meeting will showcase some of the latest work in colloids that respond to external stimuli, and state-of-the-art techniques to ‘watch them work’, with applications in areas as diverse as smart water treatment and functional foods.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12th December 2017 at the SCI in London and includes talks from
• Prof Julian Eastoe, University of Bristol, UK
• Prof Alex Routh, University of Cambridge, UK
• Dr Isabelle Grillo, Institut Laue-Langevin, France
• Dr Sarah Rogers, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, STFC, UK Prof Ray Dagastine, University of Melbourne, Australia
• Prof Charl Faul, University of Bristol, UK
The meeting will conclude with the award lecture from Dr Rico Tabor. A dedicated poster session will also give students the opportunity to present their work.
Registration is open at this link.
Early registration rates (until Friday 3 November 2017): SCI/RSC Members £45, SCI/RSC Student Members £20, Non-Members £55 Standard rates (after Friday 3 November 2017): SCI/RSC Members £50, SCI/RSC Student Members £25, Non-Members £60
A flyer for the event can be found at this link.
Casting Dispersions, Monday 26 March 2018, SCI, London, UK
When a colloidal dispersion is dried the material transitions from a liquid to a solid. The process determines the final properties of the dry material and understanding the physics of the drying is crucial for a range of industries, including paints and varnishes, pottery and self-assembly applications.
This one day meeting will comprise three invited lectures by international experts. We will also have talks from submitted abstracts to highlight the breadth of work being carried out on the drying of films in the UK. The meeting is aimed at industrialists formulating and producing coatings through to agrochemicals, as well as academics who work in colloids, fluid mechanics and formulations.
Attendees: Industrialists formulating and producing coatings through to agrochemicals, as well as academics who work in colloids, fluid mechanics and formulations.
- Prof Damien Baigl, École Normale Supérieure, France
- Prof Colin Bain, University of Durham, UK
- Dr Richard Sear, University of Surrey, UK
To register for the event please visit this link.
For a flyer for this event please visit this link.
2018 Annual General Meeting of the Joint Colloids Group Save the date!
The joint colloids group will hold its next annual general meeting on Monday, 26th March 2018 at the SCI. It will be held over the lunch break during a one-day symposium on ‘Casting Dispersions’. More details will appear in the December eAlert, on Twitter, and on the RSC and Joint Colloids group websites.
Sir Eric Rideal Travel Bursaries
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 contact the SCI Awards department for further information.