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UK Colloids 2014 International Colloid and Surface Science Symposium

This was the second colloid science conference in this series and will be held in London from July 6th – 9th 2014. It was jointly organized by the RSC Colloid and Interface Chemistry Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group (, the Institute of Physics, Polymer Physics Group ( and the UK Polymer Colloid Forum ( and provided 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 the fields of Colloid, Interface and Biomedical Nanoparticle science.

Organising Committee:
Peter Dowding (Chair)
Jeroen van Duijneveldt (Treasurer)
Deborah Constable (Conference Secretariat)
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The flyer for this event can be downloaded from this link.

Rideal Meeting: Controlling Structure, 27th March 2014, RSC, Burlington House, London

The recipient of the Sir Eric Rideal (founder’s) Award and Lecture for 2014 was Professor Dame Athene Donald FRS of the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Prof. Donald’s lecture on “Control of Structure” was given at this dedicated mini-symposium held in London. The overall theme of the meeting was controlling structure. The speakers, who were all former students, post-docs or collaborators of Prof Donald, demonstrated the wide range of experimental techniques used to examine the arrangement of colloidal and soft material systems and the effect on macroscopic properties. This one day symposium  showcased some of the latest work and cutting edge advances in sort matter.

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The flyer for the event is available in this link.

McBain award meeting: Dynamic and controlled self-assembly at interfaces 19th December 2013, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Elaborate supramolecular architectures can be crafted and tuned through non-covalent interactions, ranging from simple host-guest interactions to more complex types of molecular recognition. Recent advances in the field have made these systems adaptative, customisable, responsive to one or multiple stimuli and relevant to a wide range of applications, requiring also cutting-edge techniques to probe the morphologies on the nano-scale. This one-day symposium showcased some of the latest work in this rapidly growing field. The McBain Medal is an early-career award offered by the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group.

The 2013 McBain Lecture will be given by Dr Oren Scherman of the Dept of Chemistry in the University of Cambridge in recognition of his work on smart polymers, disperse systems and interfaces. Dr Oren’s web pages can be found at

Further information on the McBain Medal & Lecture more generally may be found at

The flyer for this event can be downloaded from this link.

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Polymers @ Interfaces 2013 Armada House, Telephone Avenue, Bristol, UK (27-28 June 2013)

An international conference to celebrate the career of Professor Terence Cosgrove. The adsorption & behaviour of polymers at interfaces is a field of fundamental importance to a wide range of technologies & medicine. Terry Cosgrove, who retired in Autumn 2012, has made significant contributions to the field over the last 40 years. This conference celebrated his outstanding career. A number of Terry’s close associates, past and present, agreed to speak at what was an entertaining review of the field and Terry’s impact on it.

There was a reception and conference dinner on the evening of 27 June 2013 at M-Shed, Bristol’s new flagship museum ( The reception was sponsored by XiGo Nanotools.

The conference program can be downloaded from this link.

A flyer for the event can be found at this link.

Jointly organised with: SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group

Kindly sponsored by: AGC Chemicals, AkzoNobel, Drug Delivery Solutions, Infineum, Imerys, Revolymer, STFC ISIS Facility, Syngenta, Unilever, XiGo Nanotools. Joint Colloid Group.

The impact and future of Scattering Techniques in Soft Matter (18-19th March, 2013, Keble College Oxford)

Scattering methods have evolved in both complexity and in application over the past 30 years. The aim was to show how increasingly complex chemical, magnetic and biological systems demand a multi-technique approach in order to derive a full description of their behaviour. The meeting was combined with the 2013 Sir Eric Rideal lecture given by the award recipient, Prof. Jeff Penfold.

Speakers included R. K. Thomas, T. Zemb, A. R. Rennie, I. M. Tucker, J. T. Petkov, L. Porcar, G. Fragnetto, I. Grillo, D. Barlow, A. Zarbakhsh, J. Penfold and T. Arnold.

The Sir Eric Rideal Lecturer for 2013 will be Professor Jeffery Penfold of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Professor Penfold has made three major scientific contributions to surfactant, colloid and interface science. The first is that he and Hayter were the first people to formulate a strategy and the necessary analytical methods for the quantitative interpretation of neutron small angle scattering data from micellar solutions (these methods are still the main ones used). Second, with colleagues at Unilever, he pioneered the development of shear methods in conjunction with small angle scattering. Thirdly, he played a major pioneering role in both the instrumental and methodological development of neutron reflectometry, now widely used for studying interfaces of all kinds. Professor Penfold is much in demand as an invited contributor to scientific conferences around the world.

Prof. Penfold gave his Rideal Lecture at the symposium concentrating on scattering techniques and their applications 18-19th March 2013 at Keble College.

McBain Medal Symposium – Self-Assembled Materials for Biomedical Applications, London, January 10th 2013

The McBain medal was presented to Dr Khutoryanskiy at a one-day symposium on the theme of “Self-assembled materials for biomedical applications “, held at the SCI HQ in London on Thursday 10 January 2013. Dr Khutoryanskiy’s presented his medal lecture and there were also talks from Prof. Edman Tsang, Dr. Peter Griffiths, Prof. Joseph Keddie, Prof. Ljeoma Uchegbu and Prof. Nicola Tirelli.

The 2012 McBain Medal winner Dr Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy MRSC is a Reader in Pharmacetical Materials in the University of Reading. Dr Khutoryanskiy, an active member of the UK polymer colloids community, has quickly gained an international reputation for his imaginative use of colloid, polymer and interface science in the development of novel materials: for his work on muco-adhesion and materials for drug delivery, for example. His wide-ranging work demonstrates strategic vision, technical facility and ambition, and his publications metrics and record of invited talks show that his work receives widespread attention. A summary of his research interest can be found at: 

Suspension Processing & Suspension Engineering Rheology (10 – 11 September 2012, Caius College, Cambridge, UK) 

A meeting devoted to the rheology and fundamentals of suspensions processing organised by the Joint Committee and endorsed by the British Society of Rheology and the Particle Technology Group of IChemE.

The meeting was held at Gonville and Caius College on 10 and 11 September 2012.

A flyer for the conference can be downloaded from this link.

Polymeric and Self-Assembled Hydrogels (4 – 5 September 2012, King’s College, London, UK)

This 2-day conference bought together academics as well as industrialists with interest in hydrogels research, including their structure, properties and applications, either in polymeric networks – of synthetic or biological origin – or self-assembled surfactants or peptides.

Speakers were:

  • Alan Rowan, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Mitsuhiro Shibayama, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Madeleine Djabourov, ESPCI, France
  • John Mitchell, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Rein Ulijn, University of Strathclyde, UK

Organising committee

  • Cecile Dreiss, King’s College, London
  • Oren Scherman, University of Cambridge
  • Dave Adams, University of Liverpool
  • Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy, University of Reading
  • Claire Pizzey, Diamond Light Source

A flyer from the conference can be downloaded from this link.


Rideal Lecture (28 March 2012, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge)

The Rideal lecture is an annual award given by SCI’s Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group and the RSC’s Colloid and Interface Science Group.

The recipient of this years Rideal lecture is Geoff Maitland. He studied Chemistry at Oxford University where he also obtained his doctorate in Physical Chemistry. After a period as an ICI Research Fellow at Bristol University, he was appointed to a lectureship in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in 1974. In 1986 he moved to the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger. He rejoined Imperial College in September 2005 as Professor of Energy Engineering and his current research covers clean and efficient fossil fuel production. Geoff was awarded the Hutchison Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1998 and served as President of the British Society of Rheology from 2002-2005. He was recently awarded the IChemE Chemical Engineering Envoy Award for 2010 for his media work explaining the engineering issues involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill.

A flyer for the conference can be downloaded from this link.


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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.

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