25 January 2024

McBain Medal 2023: Modulating interfacial interactions for sustainable chemical products

Organised by:

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

The Exchange, Birmingham, UK

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SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group are delighted to announce that Professor Zhenyu Jason Zhang of the University of Birmingham is the 2023 recipient of the McBain Medal. Jason’s research programme focuses on Interfacial Interactions and Sustainable Formulated Products.

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 Professor Zhenyu Jason Zhang and at the same time the Medal will be presented.  


This event will be of interest to researchers working on colloid and polymer chemistry, fine chemicals, formulated products, tribology, materials science, and bio-interfaces. The meeting will focus on modulating interfacial interactions, with both physical and chemical means, for the development of sustainable chemical products and process. 


Thursday 25 January 2024

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Anisotropic polymer nanostructures
Prof Rachel O’Reilly, University of Birmingham, UK
Nanometres to kilometres: how do you clean?
Prof Peter Fryer, University of Birmingham, UK
The production and uses of microfibrillated cellulose
Dr David Skuse, FibreLean Technologies, UK
Designing irresistible & sustainable consumer goods – why soft matter on skin is key
Ali Stephens, Procter & Gamble, UK
Lunch and posters
Interfacing interface science with microbiology: a supreme leap forward - This is not a regular talk (free after René Magritte)
Prof Jan van Impe, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Unravelling mechanochemical interactions in complex engineering interfaces
Prof Daniele Dini, Imperial College London, UK
‘A closer look at Amontons’ friction laws using molecular contact- and stress-sensitive molecules
Prof Daniel Bonn, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Refreshment break and posters
McBain medal lecture: Modulating soft matter at interfaces for sustainable products
Prof Jason Zhang, University of Birmingham, UK
Closing remarks and medal presentation

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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 15 December 2023 with the subject line “McBain medal 2023 – poster submission”. An abstract template can be downloaded here.
Venue and Contact

University of Birmingham

3 Centenary Square
Birmingham B1 2DR


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Early bird - ends Friday 15 December 2023
SCI/RSC Member - £60
Non-member - £75
SCI/RSC Student Member - £30
After early bird
SCI/RSC Member - £80
Non-member - £95
SCI/RSC Student Member - £40

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Organising committee

 Dr Richard Greenwood, University of Birmingham