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Committee Members

Colloids Committee ChairDr_Peter_Dowding_1

Professor Peter John Dowding CChem FRSC (Infineum UK Ltd)

  • Surfactant design and self-assembly
  • Characterisation techniques, particularly x-ray and neutron scattering
  • Non-aqueous colloids
  • Particle production/ purification
  • Modelling structure/ performance relationships for colloidal systems.

Pete Dowding graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1995 with a BSc and PhD in chemistry. Pete then worked as an Industrial Chemist at Synthomer, developing emulsion polymers before moving to Bristol University in 1995, where he worked as a post-doc for Prof. Brian Vincent. He moved to Infineum in 2001, where he works as Principal Scientist in the areas of Surfactants and Colloids. He acts as leader for background and fundamental studies of colloidal additives for future generations of additives used in lubricants. He is an Honorary Professor at Leeds University. Pete was awarded the RSC/ SCI McBain Medal for Colloid and Interface Science in 2009. He has previously been a Council Member and Industrial Affairs Spokesperson for RSC Faraday Division Council, Group Treasurer for the SCI Colloid Group and Honorary Group Secretary for the RSC Colloid Group.

Colloids Committee Vice-ChairC A Dreiss v2

Dr Cécile Ayako Dreiss (King's College London)

  • Hydrogels
  • Polymeric, surfactant and wormlike micelles
  • Inclusion complexes with cyclodextrins
  • Biopolymers (gelatin, chitosan)

After her PhD (Imperial College, Chemical Engineering, 2003) and a post-doctoral position (Bristol, Chemistry, 2003-2005), Cécile Dreiss was appointed as a lecturer at King's College London and is currently in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science. Her research focuses on understanding and exploiting self-assembly in soft matter, spanning colloidal, polymeric and biological systems, by establishing relationships between properties on the macro-scale (in particular rheological properties) and the organisation of the systems on the nanoscale, using small-angle neutron-scattering.

Colloids Committee SecretaryCFB Jokulsarlon

Dr Christopher Blanford (University of Manchester)

  • Engineering the interface between enzymes and conductive surfaces, including nanomaterials
  • Developing combined analyses to optimise the use of immobilised enzymes
  • Industrial biotechnology applications of oxidoreductases, especially multicopper oxidases
  • Enzyme-based biosensors and theranostics
  • Protein film electrochemistry

Dr Blanford studies and engineers the interface between conductors and biomacromolecules. He received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. Five years later he was awarded a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities under the joint supervision of Profs Andreas Stein and C. Barry Carter. His thesis work in the synthesis and electron microscopy of ordered porous materials led him to post-doctoral appointments at the University of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry. He researched the formation of three-dimensional photonic crystals by laser holography under the supervision of Prof. R.G. Denning, then protein electrochemistry with Prof. F.A. Armstrong. In 2008, he was awarded a Career Acceleration Fellowship from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop enzyme-based fuel cell cathodes. He joined the University of Manchester’s School of Materials in 2011. Since 2009, he has served as an editor of the Journal of Materials Science. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Colloids Committee Vice-Secretarynjdarton

Dr Nicholas J. Darton MRSC AMIChemE (Arecor Ltd.)

  • Synthesis and targeting of superparamagnetic nanoparticle linked therapeutics
  • Novel microfluidic based chromatography of antibodies 
  • Biopharmaceutical formulation development

Dr. Darton gained his B.Sc. in Biochemistry at Leeds University in 1998 where he developed a new method for synthesizing amyloid in vitro. He took his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Cambridge University in 2003 working on improving a phage-display based HIV vaccine by protein engineering. After working in industry for Healthcare Market Research Worldwide and Abcam he began his first postdoctoral research associate position in 2006 building up the Biomagnetics research group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge. Following establishment of this group he began a second BBSRC-industry sponsored post doctorate in 2009 developing a novel chromatographic substrate in collaboration with Medimmune, Lonza and Recipharm Cobra. He currently Technical Lead-Formulation at Arecor Ltd., responsible for estabilishing and leading internal and external collaborative biopharmaceutical formulation development programs.

Colloids Committee RSC TreasurerDr_Alex_Routh_1

Dr Alex Routh (Reader in Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge)

  • Film Formation
  • Assembly through dispersion drying
  • Encapsulation
  • Aggregation and colloidal stability

Joint appointment between Department of Chemical Engineering and BP Institute for multiphase flow. Alex graduated in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and then did a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Princeton University in America. There he started working in colloids and continued this with a post-doc position in Bristol. He was appointed at Cambridge in 2006 where he is a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.

Colloids Committee SCI TreasurerDr_Claire_Pizzey_1

Dr Claire Pizzey MRSC (Deputy Head of Industrial Liaison, Diamond Light Source)

  • Characterisation techniques, particularly small angle X-ray scattering and surface X-ray scattering
  • Microstructure and self-assembly
  • Phase behaviour and ordering

Claire Pizzey is Deputy Head of Industrial Liaison specialising in X-ray scattering and related techniques at the Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron facility. Her role focuses on enabling industrial access to Diamond across a wide range of industry sectors. She is particularly interested in structure, self-assembly and ordering in soft matter and complex materials including colloids, liquid crystals, surfactants, proteins and biomaterials. Following a PhD in Colloid Science from the University of Bristol, Claire held a post-doctoral research position (Chemical Engineering) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. She joined Diamond as a member of the scientific team supporting Diamond’s Non Crystalline Diffraction beamline in 2008 and moved to the Industrial Liaison Office in 2010.

SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group

Dr Olivier Cayre (University of Leeds)Olivier Cayre v2

Olivier obtained his PhD from the colloid and surfactant group at the University of Hull and after two research positions at North Carolina State University and the University of Leeds, he was appointed a lecturer in Leeds in 2012 in the School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering. His research focuses on the design of functional/complex particulate systems and the study of interfacial adsorption phenomena of colloidal and polymer systems. He works regularly with industrial partners in this area to solve formulation challenges for particulate products, including electrophoretic displays, drilling fluids, cosmetics and personal home care products.


Dr Jeroen Van Duijneveldt (University of Bristol)Dr_Jeroen_van_Duijneveldt_1

  • Colloids (spheres, rods, platelets), polymers, surfactants, liquid crystals
  • Scattering techniques and microscopy
  • Phase transitions and gelation

Jeroen was appointed to a lectureship in physical chemistry at the University of Bristol in 1997 and currently is reader in physical chemistry. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1994 at the Van 't Hoff Laboratory in Utrecht under supervision of Professor Henk Lekkerkerker and Dr. Jan Dhont. Subsequently, he joined the group of Professor Mike Allen at the Physics Department at the University of Bristol. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem MRSC), the Society of Chemical Industry and the Institute of Physics (CPhys MInstP). He is a former Treasurer of the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and past member and chairman of the Bristol & District Section Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research focusses on soft condensed matter - for instance colloidal suspensions, emulsions, liquid crystals, and polymers. This includes many systems of practical or biological importance, such as inks, paints, shampoos, foodstuffs, milk and blood. Real systems tend to be complex, consisting of many components that are often difficult to characterise in detail. Well-defined model systems are therefore studied instead. A central theme is the use of polymers to control particle interactions, structure and phase behaviour in colloidal suspensions.

Dr Richard Greenwood FRSC C.Chem (University of Birmingham)greenwood-richard

Richard is currently the Deputy Director of Engineering Doctorate in Formulation Engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. As of  1 st July 2015 he will be seconded to the Centre for Process Innovation to help establish  the National Formulation Centre. He graduated from Bristol University in 1991 with a BSc in Chemistry and obtained a PhD  from Chemical Engineering Department at Imperial College in 1995.  He has previously chaired the IChemE Particle Technology Special Interest Group and sat on the RSC Formulation Science and Technology Subject Group, where he organised numerous national and international conferences.

Dr Alison Paul (Cardiff University)Dr_Alison_Paul_1

Alison was appointed as a lecturer in 2006, and jointly runs the Soft Matter Research Group within the School of Chemistry at Cardiff University.  Her research interests focus mainly on colloidal systems relating to drug delivery.  Her group utilises a combination of synthetic chemistry, physicochemical characterisation techniques (including neutron scattering and NMR) and formulation expertise to understand structure-performance relationships. In collaboration with pharmacists, biologists and medics, this knowledge is used for the informed design and development of new drug delivery systems.


Dr Seung Yeon Lee (University of Cambridge)SY Lee

  • Colloidal dispersions in both aqueous and non-aqueous systems
  • Characterization techniques, in particular neutron scattering and reflectivity
  • Adsorption of surfactants and polymers on solids (clay minerals and metals) from both aqueous and non-aqueous systems
  • Ion speciation in aqueous systems

Seung is a research associate of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. She studied Chemistry (Msci) with industrial experience (one year placement in ICI) at Bristol, and then a PhD in colloid and surface chemistry at Cambridge. Seung has research interests in solid/liquid interfaces where a wide range of molecules; in particular organic molecules and inorganic ions, can play important roles. She travels to international facilities to conduct experiments including lab-based experiments and theoretical approaches.


RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group

Awards CoordinatorDr_Richard_Buscall_1

Professor Richard Buscall FInstP

  • Suspension engineering rheology
  • Sedimentation & creaming
  • Intensive nanoparticle synthesis
  • Colloid stability and surface forces

Graduate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry then post-graduate work, MSc and PhD, at the University of Bristol. Experience: 40 years in colloid and interface science and 35 in rheology. He worked in corporate research at ICI Plc for many years, latterly in the position of ICI Fellow. Now: consulting and training via MSACT Research & Consulting (MSACT = Mud, Sludge & Custard Tamed), plus, pro bono research in collaboration with others, plus, various non-exec. and advisory appointments. He is an hon. Professorial Fellow at the Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng. in the University of Melbourne and an Associate Member of the University of Wales Institute of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics (Diolch yn fawr). He was formerly Hon. Sec. and Chairman of RSC CISG and a President of the BSR, also a member of the board of directors and technical committee of IFPRI (International Fine Particle Research Institute) for many years.

Dr. Christian D. LorenzDr C Lorenz

  • Self-assembly of surfactants and block-copolymers
  • Mechanical properties of surfactant thin films and lipid bilayers
  • Adsorption of polymers, peptides and surfactants to interfaces (liquid/liquid & solid/liquid)
  • Interfacial phenomena at interfaces (liquid/liquid & solid/liquid)

Chris Lorenz graduated with his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2001. Then he moved to Sandia National Laboratories to do a postdoc where he worked with Gary Grest, Mark Stevens and Mike Chandross carrying out molecular dynamics simulation studies of the fracture of polymeric networks and the tribological properties of self-assembled monolayers.  In 2005, Chris moved to Iowa State University to work as a postdoc with Prof. Alex Travesset and worked on coarse-grain simulations of self-assembly of block copolymers and nanofluidics. Then in 2007, Chris joined King's College London and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter Group within the Department of Physics, and an Associate Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Non-Equilibrium Systems (CANES), which is based at King's. His group is interested generally in using atomistic and coarse-grain classical molecular dynamics simulations to understand how the molecular interactions govern the interfacial properties of various colloidal, polymeric, and biological systems.

Professor Nguyen TK Thanh CChem CSci FRSC MRI (University College London)Dr_Nguyen_Thanh_2

  • Design, synthesis, biofunctionalisation and characterisation of nanoparticles for biomedical applicactions

Royal Society University Research Fellow, UCL-RI Reader / Associate Professor in Nanotechnology The Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, UK and Department of Physics UCLHonorary Reader, Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UKIn 1994, she was selected for an EU-funded PhD position in Biochemistry. In 1999, she undertook postdoctoral work in medicinal chemistry at Aston University. In 2001, she moved to the United States to take advantage of pioneering work in nanotechnology, an emerging and rapidly growing field of science. In 2003, she joined the Liverpool Centre for Nanoscale Science. In 2005, she was awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship and University of Liverpool lectureship. She was based at Department of Chemistry (ranked 7th in the UK in 2008 RAE) and School of Biological Sciences. In January 2009, she was appointed a UCL-RI Readership in Nanotechnology and based at The Davy Faraday Research Laboratory, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, UK. Since October 2013, Thanh has been Professor of Nanomaterials at Biophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London. She was a Royal Society University Research Fellow (2015-2014) and UCL-RI Reader/ Associate Professor in Nanotechnology at The Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, UK and Department of Physics and Astronomy UCL. She leads a very dynamic research team focused on the design, synthesis and study the physical properties of nanomaterials as well as their applications in biomolecular and biomedical research.  


Professor Wim Thielemanswimthielemans

  • Developing (nano)materials from renewable sources

Wim Thielemans obtained his Master in Chemical Engineering degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) in 1999. He worked for a couple of months as a plant engineer in the glass fibre production facility of Bayer in Antwerp, Belgium, before starting his PhD at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE, USA) under the supervision of Professor Richard P. Wool. He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2004, working on the development of polymers and composites from renewable materials such as cellulose, lignin and plant oil triglycerides. He then moved to the Ecole Française de Papeterie et des Industries Graphiques at the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (Grenoble, France) for postdoctoral research on the surface modification of cellulose and starch nanoparticles.Wim obtained a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship for his postdoctoral research. He then moved to the University of Nottingham to start his independent career as a Lecturer in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. Coming full circle, Wim moved back to the KU Leuven in Belgium as a Professor in September 2013 with an Odysseus award from the Flemish government to continue his research.