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Cecile Dreiss 2Colloid 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.

Cécile Dreiss, Chair of the Joint Colloids Group 

Follow the Joint Colloids Group on Twitter

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.

On our website can also learn about our new committee members and follow the latest on our blog.


Casting Dispersions, Monday 26 March 2018, SCI, London, UK

When a colloidal dispersion is dried the material transitions from a liquid to a solid. The process determines the final properties of the dry material and understanding the physics of the drying is crucial for a range of industries, including paints and varnishes, pottery and self-assembly applications.

This one day meeting will comprise three invited lectures by international experts. We will also have talks from submitted abstracts to highlight the breadth of work being carried out on the drying of films in the UK. The meeting is aimed at industrialists formulating and producing coatings through to agrochemicals, as well as academics who work in colloids, fluid mechanics and formulations.

Attendees: Industrialists formulating and producing coatings through to agrochemicals, as well as academics who work in colloids, fluid mechanics and formulations.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Prof Damien Baigl, École Normale Supérieure, France
  • Prof Colin Bain, University of Durham, UK
  • Dr Richard Sear, University of Surrey, UK

Call for Posters Contributions are invited from those working in academic or industrial labs, covering all issues related to drying of dispersions. An abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words indicating title, authors and preference for presentation option (Oral or Poster) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 18 December 2017 with the subject line “Casting Dispersions - abstract submission”.

To register for the event please visit this link.

For a flyer for this event please visit this link.

2018 Annual General Meeting of the Joint Colloids Group Save the date!

The joint colloids group will hold its next annual general meeting on Monday, 26th March 2018 at the SCI. It will be held over the lunch break during a one-day symposium on ‘Casting Dispersions’. More details will appear in the December eAlert, on Twitter, and on the RSC and Joint Colloids group websites.

2019 Sir Eric Rideal (Founder’s) Award & Lecture

First call for nominations A late-career/lifetime-achievement award in colloid & interface science

Nominations are now invited for the Rideal Award and Lecture.

The Sir Eric Rideal (Founder’s) 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. To be eligible, candidates will normally have enjoyed a professional career of more than 30 years’ duration, much of it in the UK, even if not UK-based currently. The nomination of scientists and technologists living overseas is not precluded. However, to be eligible, overseas candidates should be well known to the UK colloid and interface community and will have had a substantial and widely recognised impact upon it, e.g. by way of sustained collaborations, and will have been a regular visitor to, or resident of, the UK.

The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2018.

Proposers and seconders must be members of one of the two sponsoring special interest groups (RSC’s CISG or SCI’s CSCG), although candidates need not themselves be members necessarily. The Lecture will most likely be given at a dedicated mini-symposium in early to mid 2019.

The names of proposers and seconders, once logged, will be redacted before the nominations are put in front of the Joint Colloids Group Committee for selection. A decision will be made on the basis of the case made by the proposers, together with what is known about the candidates in the public domain.

The Committee reserves the right to make no award in the event of there being no suitable candidate for the award.

Those intending to propose a candidate are encouraged to contact the Award Coordinator (Prof. Joseph Keddie, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for guidance regarding eligibility before submitting their nomination using our on-line form.

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.

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.

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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.