Welcome to the RSC/SCI Joint Colloid Group web pages. Our committee represents the RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group (CISG) and the SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group (CSCG) and promote the SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group (CSCG) and promote the interests of scientists with interests in Colloids, Interface Science and Nanoparticles.
Colloid and interface science today is a very broad and dynamic subject spanning a wide range of areas from classical dispersions to biological interfaces and covers such diverse areas from novel nanoparticles which are revolutionising the biodelivery of drugs to self-assembling and novel surface structures with innovative functionalities and the Colloid Group aims to act as a focus for these interests for the UK colloid and interface community (and wider). Whether you are a chemist, physicist, engineer, student, formulation scientist, nanotechnologist, pharmacist, biologist, polymer scientist, food scientist or any other related discipline, we welcome anyone interested in colloids to join the Colloid Group (see below) and our events.
The UK has a rich heritage in colloid science including the well-known scientists Thomas Graham who is often regarded as the founder of colloid science and Michael Faraday whose gold sols can still be seen in the Royal Institution museum in London.
In 1958 Sir Eric Rideal, a Past President of the SCI, founded the Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group to support the growing importance of colloids and surface chemistry in industry. Subsequently, in 1971 Ron Ottewill, Geoff Parfitt and Dennis Haydon with the support of Sir Eric created the Colloid and Interface Science Group within the Faraday Society, one of the RSC forerunner societies. This was in response to the increasing number of colloid centres being formed in academic institutions.
Since 2002 the two groups have worked jointly forming the "Joint Colloids Group" in order to provide a coherent focus for the UK colloid and interface science community, both in academia and industry. The Colloids Group organises various scientific events ranging from one day meetings to its tri-annual multiday international meeting, (UK Colloids). We also produce a newsletter which you can download from this site (contributions welcome) and support bursaries for attendance at UK and worldwide meetings through the Rideal Trust.
In addition to our events we have three awards, the McBain Medal, the Thomas Graham Lecture and the Rideal Lecture which honour, recognise and encourage researchers at all stages throughout their career. Further details on these and other items can be found within this website. Your support is highly appreciated whether as a speaker, participant or sponsor. We look forward to your participation at our events and welcome any suggestions that you may have. If you are interested in becoming involved, please do contact us.
Peter Dowding (Chair- Joint Colloids Committee)
Secrets of Formulation IV, 10th January 2017, SCI, London, UK
Organised by SCI’s Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC’s Formulation Science and Technology Group and Colloid & Interface Group
This meeting is for scientists interested in soft matter and its application. Each speaker is an outstanding scientist with experience of a different industry. Speakers will describe the high-quality science underpinning products in the context of the challenges that their industry faces, which can range from product performance to regulation. Each industry has different constraints (cost / purity / safety / shelf life etc.). Application environments can range from ambient (agrochemical) to inside the body (pharmaceutical) or to extremes of temperature and pressure (oil). These differences mean successful formulations require innovative and excellent use of colloid, polymer, surfactant and interfacial science. The speakers hope to inspire, educate and entertain scientists both from academia and other industries.
For a flier please use this link.
To register please follow this link.
RSC Colloid & Interface Science & SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Groups*
1st Call for Nominations - 2017 McBain Medal & Lecture - an early career award in colloid & interface science.
Nominations are invited for this award now.
The McBain Medal is an early-career award for younger researchers and technologists working in UK; to be eligible, candidates will have completed their post-graduate studies this century and they will have enjoyed a subsequent career in research or technology of 15 years duration at the very most: candidates will either be based in UK, or, they will at least have carried out a substantial part of the work being recognised there. The award is intended to recognise both achievement and evidence of future promise.
Proposers and seconders must be members of one of the two sponsoring groups*, although candidates need not themselves be members necessarily.
The deadline for nominations is 15 November 2016.
Those intending to propose a candidate are encouraged contact the Award Coordinator for guidance regarding eligibility before submitting their nomination. This can be done at this link.
Further information and links to an on-line nomination form can be found at this link.
NEW!! Colloids group news letter
Available at this link.
The Joint Colloids group is pleased to announce that the 2017 Sir Eric Rideal Award goes to Prof Daan Frenkel, University of Cambridge and the 2017 Thomas Graham Lecture award goes to Prof Joe Keddie, University of Surrey.
6th Annual MIBio Conference, 9th November 2016, Magdelene College, Cambridge
The MIBio conference series engages world leading experts from industry and academia in a discussion on the latest advances in biopharmaceutical formulation. This year there will be a special emphasis on creative use of formulation to support novel drug-device combinations and product formats, including new formulation approaches, use of computational techniques in product optimisation and discussion of regulatory implications.
Registration is now open and we invite abstracts for poster submissions - details on - www.mibio-conference.com
We look forward to seeing you at MIBio 2016!
Jan Jezek (Arecor)
Nicholas J. Darton (Arecor)
Tejash Shah (GSK)
Stephen E. Harding (University of Nottingham)
UK Colloids 2017 International Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, 10-12 July 2017, Manchester
This is the third colloid science conference in this series and will be held in Manchester from July 10th – 12th 2017. It is being jointly organized by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Science Group and will provide 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 this field.
Plenary and keynote speakers
Plenary speakers are Professor Debora Berti (University of Florence and Centre for Colloid and Surface Science, Italy), Professor Vinny N Manoharan (Harvard University, USA) and Professor Paul Mulvaney (University of Melbourne, Australia). Professor Joseph Keddie (University of Surrey, UK) will be giving the Thomas Graham Lecture. The meeting has also attracted an impressive list of international keynote speakers, full details can be found on the website.
Call for papers
Abstract submission opens early January 2017. Please visit the meeting website for full details of submission and registration.
Meeting themes include:
• Foams/Bubbles/Emulsions and microemulsions
• Colloidal suspensions
• Programmable self-assembly
• Biocolloids and Biointerfaces
• Charcterisation of Formulated Products
• Colloidal Physics
• Formulation Science and Engineering
Registration opens early October 2016.
The early bird deadline is in April 2017.
The conference dinner will be held at the world famous Old Trafford the home of Manchester United. The evening will start with a drinks reception in the fascinating museum. Other social events include a welcome and pre-registration event in the Power Hall of the Museum of Science and Industry. Where some of the machines will be running. There will also be poster sessions at Manchester Central with a chance to network with other delegates and the exhibitors.
We have selected Manchester Central as the venue for Colloids 2017. Manchester Central is an award-winning venue in the heart of one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Its vaulted arches and station clock have made Manchester Central an iconic city feature for over 130 years.
Manchester is the European City of Science 2016 – recognition of its unique scientific heritage and contribution to scientific discovery, innovation and industry. From Rutherford splitting the atom almost 100 years ago, to Alan Turing’s ground-breaking work with computers, to more modern world firsts such as the test-tube baby, bionic eye implant and the isolation of graphene – Manchester has a great science story to tell.
For more information
visit www.ukcolloids.com or email
A flier can be found at this link.
Richard Greenwood | Birmingham University | Conference Chair
Peter Griffiths | Greenwich University | Conference Treasurer
Paul F Luckham | Imperial College
Shirin Alexander | Swansea University | Conference Exhibition and Sponsorship
Dwaipayan Chakrabarti | Birmingham University
Sir Eric Rideal Travel Bursaries
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.
We particularly welcome applications from delegates who wish to attend the UK COLLOIDS 2017 conference.
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 contact the SCI Awards department for further information.