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
Please find the new Joint Colloids group news letter at this link.
Update on UK Colloids, Liverpool
Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the current global pandemic, the planned UK Colloids conference is now postponed until 2023. UK Colloids 2023 will be held in Liverpool from 17th to 19th July 2023. There will be an online version in 2021. Please see below.
UK Colloids 2021 (online)
The CISG, in partnership with the SCI’s Colloid and Interface Chemistry Group is running its three-day flagship event, UK Colloids, from 19–21 July 2021. The event will be run entirely online as a series of half-day sessions on panels, posters and presentations, and will culminate in Professor Colin Bain’s lecture to mark his winning the 2020 Rideal award.
Colloids and nanostructures for sustainable technologies
Colloids for energy
Early career colloid scientists
Women in colloids
Rheology and gels
Polymers in liquid formulations
Further information on the sessions, timings, registration and how to submit an abstract for a five-minute flash presentation are available at this link.
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.