The RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group (CISG) or SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group (CSCG) jointly administer three awards. Follow this link for a full history of the RSC/SCI joint colloid group medals and the names behind it.

The Sir Eric Rideal Award and Lecture

The Sir Eric Rideal Lecture is a late-career or “life-time achievement award” for researchers and technologists who have made sustained and outstanding contributions to colloid and interface science or its applications. It was previously known as the Founder’s Lecture and has been administered by the joint committees of the CSCG and CISG (“Joint Colloids Group”) since 2006.

The Thomas Graham Lecture

The Thomas Graham Award and Lecture is a mid-career award to a researcher who has established an international reputation in colloid and interface science and has made distinguished contributions to the field. Named after one of the founders of modern colloid science, it became a Joint Colloids Group award in 2011.

The McBain Medal

The McBain medal is an early-career award for researchers and technologists working in the UK on topics of relevance to colloids and interface science. First awarded in 2006, and named after James William McBain, it is intended to recognise both achievement and evidence of future promise.

The Katharine Burr Blodgett Award

The Katharine Burr Blodgett award is open to researchers working in the field of colloid and interface science, who have received their PhD from a UK institution within the past year. Named after the esteemed surface scientist and the first woman to receive a PhD in Physics by the University of Cambridge, this award aims to recognise the best PhD research in the field.


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.

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