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Welcome to the RSC/SCI Joint Colloid Group web pages. Our committee represents the Pete Dowding 2RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group (CISG) and the SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group (CSCG) and promote the SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group (CSCG) and promote the interests of scientists with interests in Colloids, Interface Science and Nanoparticles.

Colloid and interface science today is a very broad and dynamic subject spanning a wide range of areas from classical dispersions to biological interfaces and covers such diverse areas from novel nanoparticles which are revolutionising the biodelivery of drugs to self-assembling and novel surface structures with innovative functionalities and the Colloid Group aims to act as a focus for these interests for the UK colloid and interface community (and wider). Whether you are a chemist, physicist, engineer, student, formulation scientist, nanotechnologist, pharmacist, biologist, polymer scientist, food scientist or any other related discipline, we welcome anyone interested in colloids to join the Colloid Group (see below) and our events.

The UK has a rich heritage in colloid science including the well-known scientists Thomas Graham who is often regarded as the founder of colloid science and Michael Faraday whose gold sols can still be seen in the Royal Institution museum in London.

In 1958 Sir Eric Rideal, a Past President of the SCI, founded the Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group to support the growing importance of colloids and surface chemistry in industry. Subsequently, in 1971 Ron Ottewill, Geoff Parfitt and Dennis Haydon with the support of Sir Eric created the Colloid and Interface Science Group within the Faraday Society, one of the RSC forerunner societies. This was in response to the increasing number of colloid centres being formed in academic institutions.

Since 2002 the two groups have worked jointly forming the "Joint Colloids Group" in order to provide a coherent focus for the UK colloid and interface science community, both in academia and industry. The Colloids Group organises various scientific events ranging from one day meetings to its tri-annual multiday international meeting, (UK Colloids). We also produce a newsletter which you can download from this site (contributions welcome) and support bursaries for attendance at UK and worldwide meetings through the Rideal Trust.

In addition to our events we have three awards, the McBain Medal, the Thomas Graham Lecture and the Rideal Lecture which honour, recognise and encourage researchers at all stages throughout their career. Further details on these and other items can be found within this website. Your support is highly appreciated whether as a speaker, participant or sponsor. We look forward to your participation at our events and welcome any suggestions that you may have. If you are interested in becoming involved, please do contact us.

Peter Dowding (Chair- Joint Colloids Committee)

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 UK Colloids 2017 International Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, 10-12 July 2017, Manchester

This is the third colloid science conference in this series and will be held in Manchester from July 10th – 12th 2017. It is being jointly organized 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.

Plenary and keynote speakers Plenary speakers are Professor Debora Berti (University of Florence and Centre for Colloid and Surface Science, Italy), Professor Vinny N Manoharan (Harvard University, USA) and Professor Paul Mulvaney (University of Melbourne, Australia). Professor Joseph Keddie (University of Surrey, UK) will be giving the Thomas Graham Lecture. The meeting has also attracted an impressive list of international keynote speakers, full details can be found on the website.

Call for papers Abstract submission opens early January 2017. Please visit the meeting website for full details of submission and registration.

Meeting themes include: • Wetting • Nanoparticles • Foams/Bubbles/Emulsions and microemulsions • Colloidal suspensions • Programmable self-assembly • Biocolloids and Biointerfaces • Charcterisation of Formulated Products • Colloidal Physics • Formulation Science and Engineering

Registration Deadline Registration is now open. The early bird deadline is in 5th May 2017.

Social Events The conference dinner will be held at the world famous Old Trafford the home of Manchester United. The evening will start with a drinks reception in the fascinating museum. Other social events include a welcome and pre-registration event in the Power Hall of the Museum of Science and Industry. Where some of the machines will be running. There will also be poster sessions at Manchester Central with a chance to network with other delegates and the exhibitors.

The Venue

We have selected Manchester Central as the venue for Colloids 2017. Manchester Central is an award-winning venue in the heart of one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Its vaulted arches and station clock have made Manchester Central an iconic city feature for over 130 years.


Manchester is the European City of Science 2016 – recognition of its unique scientific heritage and contribution to scientific discovery, innovation and industry. From Rutherford splitting the atom almost 100 years ago, to Alan Turing’s ground-breaking work with computers, to more modern world firsts such as the test-tube baby, bionic eye implant and the isolation of graphene – Manchester has a great science story to tell.

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A flyer can be found at this link.

Organising Committee

Richard Greenwood | Birmingham University | Conference Chair

Peter Griffiths | Greenwich University | Conference Treasurer

Paul F Luckham | Imperial College

Shirin Alexander | Swansea University | Conference Exhibition and Sponsorship

Dwaipayan Chakrabarti | Birmingham University

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7th Annual MIBio Conference

MIBio 2017: Stability of Biopharmaceuticals – From Molecular Interactions to Successful Products, 4th October 2017, Downing College, Cambridge

The MIBio conference series engages world leading experts from industry and academia in a discussion on how the latest molecular interaction based discoveries can be exploited in biopharmaceutical formulation to produce more effective, patient-friendly and safer therapeutic products.

MIBio 2017 expects more than 100 industrial and academic research attendees to create an interesting and stimulating event fostering new collaborations and discoveries that will help steer the development of the next generation of formulation technologies. We will be inviting abstracts for poster submissions and welcome applications for sponsor and exhibitor slots on the day. We look forward to seeing you at MIBio 2017!

For more information and registration please follow this link:

MIBio 2017 is organised by the Formulation Science and Technology Group (FSTG) and the Joint Colloids Group (SCI) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) together with the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS).




Assembly and pattern formation in complex soft materials, McBain Medal meeting, 27 March 2017, London

The McBain medal is awarded annually by the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group to recognize a rising star in colloid and interface science. This year’s awardee is Dr João Cabral (Imperial College London), for his outstanding work on the thermodynamics and assembly of colloid and polymer mixtures, and the design of functional materials via interfacial instabilities. An enthusiast of scattering, his team and collaborators have pioneered the use of neutron and X-rays to study flow processing of complex fluids in complex microfluidic flows.

Below is a photo of Dr Joao Cabral from Imperial College receiving the McBain medal during the meeting at the SCI.

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Rideal lecture and symposium 2017, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Tuesday 4th April 2017

Professor Daan Frenkel was the 2017 Rideal Lecturer. The Rideal Lecture is awarded jointly by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group, to recognise a sustained and distinguished contribution to colloid and interface science in the UK (photograph below).


A one-day symposium was held at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge on Tuesday 4th April 2017. The symposium featured contributions by Willem Kegel, Richard Sear, Zorana Zeravcic, Roel Dullens, Erika Eiser and Rosalind Allen and finished with the Rideal Lecture.

We gratefully acknowledge support from CCP5 and from BP for this symposium.   Alex Routh Jeroen van Duijneveldt

For synopsis of the Rideal Lecture, please follow this link.



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.

We particularly welcome applications from delegates who wish to attend the UK COLLOIDS 2017 conference.

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.



You can become a member by joining one of the two groups:

SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group (CSCG).

RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group (CISG).

The former is open to SCI members only. The latter is open both to RSC members and associates AND to scientists and engineers who belong, either, to a chartered professional or learned body from outside the chemical sciences, or to another chemical society with whom the RSC has entered into an international partnership agreement approved by RSC Council. Non-RSC members of CISG pay RSC a small annual fee to cover administration and postage.


For information on how to become a member of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) or Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) please see the links below: 

Non-members of RSC wishing to join CISG should contact the RSC Membership Dept. (contact details at, asking to join the Colloid & Interface Science Interest Group, only, and mentioning their own affiliation.  The membership administration fee is £10 currently. In case of difficulty please contact a member of the Joint Committee.