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Dr Jeroen van DuijneveldtColloid 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.

Jeroen van Duijneveldt, Chair of the Joint Colloids Group


New News Letter!

Please find the new Joint Colloids group news letter at this link

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International Colloid and Surface Science Symposium

This is the fourth colloid science conference in this series and will be held in Liverpool from July 20th – 22nd 2020. It is being jointly organised 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 Speakers

Dr Malcolm Faers | Bayer CropScience

Prof Jayne Lawrence | University of Manchester

Prof Norman Wagner | University of Delaware

Session themes include: -
• Rheology, soft solids and complex fluids | chairs - Andrew Howe & Phil Threlfall Holmes
• Biomimetics | chair - Chris Lorenz
• Colloids & surface science in medicine and industry | chairs - Chris Blanford, Annela Seddon, Karen Sykes
• Formulation science and engineering | chairs - Nick Ainger & Ian Howell
• Nanoparticles and nanostructured materials | chairs - Gemma Davies & Dionisia Jesus
• Foams, emulsions and bubbles | chairs - Lee Fielding, Kristian Waters, & Bob Pugh
• Colloidal suspensions | chairs - Jeroen van Duijneveldt & Alex Routh
• Self assembly | chairs - Dwaipayan Chakrabarti & Stefano Sacanna
• Colloids in motion | chairs - Joe Keddie & Wim Thielemans
• Polymer colloid engineering | chairs - Cecile Dreiss, Fiona Hatton & Joao Cabral
• Encapsulation and release | chairs - Olivier Cayre, David Higgins & Andrew Gray
• Wetting and adhesion | chair - Shirin Alexander
• General session | chairs - Richard Greenwood, Matthew Ruszala & Emily Summerton
• Poster session | chairs - Richard Greenwood & Martin Riley

For more information about this event please visit this link.

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

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 see the Rideal Bursary page on the SCI’s website for specifics.

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.

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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.