9 December 2022

Mcbain Medal 2022: Stimuli-Responsive Soft Matter and Interfaces

Organised by:

SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group

SCI, London, UK

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SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group are delighted to announce that Prof Rachel Evans of the University of Cambridge is the 2022 recipient of the McBain Medal. Rachel’s research programme focuses on the design of light-responsive soft materials and interfaces for energy and sensing technologies

The McBain Medal is presented annually to an early career researcher (within 15 years of the award of a PhD) for outstanding achievement in colloid and interface science. This full day meeting will honour Prof Rachel Evans and at the same time the Medal will be presented.  


This event will be of interest to researchers working on colloid and polymer chemistry, soft matter physics, drug delivery, materials science, and biointerfaces. The meeting will focus on fundamental aspects that underpin applications in cell preservation, sensing, nanomedicine, and diagnostics.

Call for posters

Opportunities are available for a limited number of posters. Interested applicants should send an abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words, indicating title and authors to, conferences@soci.org by Friday 18 November 2022 with the subject line “McBain medal 2022 – poster submission”. An abstract template can be downloaded here.


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Judith Houston

European Spallation Source

Judith Houston is an instrument scientist at the European Spallation Source, which is currently under construction in Lund, Sweden. She got her first degree at the University of Newcastle, and went on to complete her PhD in Physical Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Prof. Rachel Evans. In 2016, she moved to Munich, Germany, to work as an instrument scientist/post-doc at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science. She moved to Lund, as second scientist on the LOKI small-angle neutron scattering instrument, which she now leads. Her research is focused on probing the nanostructure of soft materials, including colloids, food and biological compounds. The aim of her work is to shed light on the relationship between a material’s structure at the nanoscale, and its properties at the macroscale.

Matthew Fuchter

Imperial College London

Matthew Fuchter is a Professor of Chemistry and co-Director of the Centre for Drug Discovery Science in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London. He is also a Founder, NED and the chemistry lead for a new immunotherapy NK:IO Ltd. He is involved in multiple multidisciplinary centres of excellence at Imperial including the Institute of Chemical Biology, the Imperial College Network of Excellence in Malaria, the Centre for Processable Electronics and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. His research concerns the development of chemistry-led approaches to interrogate function in chemistry, materials and medicine. Professor Fuchter has been awarded a number of prizes in recognition of his work, most recently a Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom (2020), conferred by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Corday-Morgan Prize (2021), and a RSC 2022 Materials Chemistry Division Horizon Prize: Stephanie L Kwolek Award.


Friday 9 December 2022

Registration and refreshments
Opening remarks
Emily Draper, University of Glasgow, UK
Gianmarco Griffini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Refreshment break
Gemma-Louise Davies, UCL, UK
Lunch and posters
Probing structure and softness of super soft colloids
Judith Houston, ESS, Sweden
Developing light-addressable soft materials using next-generation photoswitches
Matthew Fuchter, Imperial College, UK
Refreshment break
Rachel Evans, University of Cambridge, UK
Final remarks
Conference close

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Before early bird - ends 28 Oct 2022
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Non-member - £75
SCI/RSC* Student member - £30
After early bird
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Non-member - £95
SCI/RSC* Student member - £40

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Organising committee
Dr Beatrice Cattoz, Infineum, UK
Dr Lee Fielding, University of Manchester, UK
Dr Sarah Rogers, STFC UKRI, UK