1 November 2024

McBain Medal 2024: Particles from model interfaces to soft matter formulations

Organised by:

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

University of Leeds, UK

Register your interest
Prof Anwesha Sarkar from the University of Leeds is the 2024 recipient of the McBain Medal. Anwesha’s research programme focuses on fabrication of biopolymeric microgels and her research has brought significant advancements towards fundamental understanding of their bulk and interfacial behaviour to answer biophysical questions. Besides fabricating innovative microgels using alternative proteins with tailored performance on lubrication, she devises biomimetic soft surfaces with optimized roughness and wetting properties. This has enabled her team to discover the true behaviour of these microgels at biological interfaces such as orally relevant surfaces across scales. Her recent contribution on design and multiscale tribological characterization of plant-based sustainable microgels has enabled a completely new technologically viable platform for next-generation sustainable formulation design with future applications in food, medical devices and allied soft matter formulations.
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 Anwesha Sarkar 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, bio-interfaces and food.

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 11 October 2024 with the subject line “McBain medal 2024 – poster submission”. An abstract template can be downloaded here.


Friday 1 November 2024

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Pickering stabilization – from concept to agricultural, personal care, and food products
Prof Stefan Bon, University of Warwick, UK
Microstructure characterisation and colloid science in industry
Dr Ophelie Torres, Unilever, UK
Colloid science in action in the maritime sector: The Infineum & Leeds collaboration
Dr Peter Dowding, Infineum, UK
Surface interactions, friction and imaging of soft colloids
Dr Simon Connell, University of Leeds, UK
Lunch and posters
Particle-stabilized systems for food application
Dr Cécile Gehin-Delval, Nestlé Switzerland
The role of tribology in relating food structure to functionality
Dr Elke Scholten, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
Particles in food: friends or foes when it comes to their influence on lubrication?
Dr Siavash Soltanahmadi, University of Leeds, UK
Refreshment break and posters
McBain medal lecture: Magic of microgels from surfaces to sustainable oral formulations
Prof Anwesha Sarkar, University of Leeds, UK
Closing remarks and medal presentation
Networking reception

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Venue and Contact

University of Leeds

Discovery Way
Leeds LS2 3AA


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Booking Process/Deadlines

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Organising committee
Dr Azarmidokht Gholamipour-Shirazi, University of Manchester
Dr Nick Ainger, Unilever