Thomas Graham Lecture

The Graham Lecture has been established to fill the gap between the McBain award for early career scientists and the Rideal Lecture, which is a “lifetime achievement” award. Typically, it will be awarded to those working in the UK who are in the prime of their research careers, have established an international reputation in colloid science, have already made distinguished contributions to the field of colloid science. Follow this link for a full history of the RSC/SCI joint colloid group medals and the names behind it.

Eligibility: Significant and sustained contributions to Colloid, Surface and Interface Science made while working in the UK. Completion of postgraduate study between 15 and 30 years prior to the time of the nomination.

Currently-serving members of the Joint Colloids Group Committee are not eligible for the award.

Award Information

  • Type: Mid-career.
  • Frequency: biennial from 2018.
  • Deadline for nominations: 1st March in even years.
  • Nominators: CSCG and CISG members.
  • Contact: Awards Coordinator (see Contacts page).
  • Further information can be found at this link.
  • On-line nomination form can be found at this link.


2011 Prof Colin Bain, University of Durham
2014 Prof Steven Armes, University of Sheffield
2017 Prof Joe Keddie, University of Surrey
2019 Prof Wilson Poon, University of Edinburgh
2021 Dr Malcolm Faers, Bayer Cropscience
2023 Prof Nguyen T. K. Thanh, University College London


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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