27 March 2017

McBain Medal: Assembly and pattern formation in complex soft materials

Organised by:

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

SCI, London

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Dr Joao Cabral from Imperial College London, has been awarded the 2016 McBain medal for his work in understanding the thermodynamics and assembly of colloid and polymer mixtures, from solution to film and particle formation, and the design of functional materials via interfacial instabilities that give rise to unexpected pattern formation. An enthusiast of scattering, his team and collaborators have pioneered the use of neutron and X-rays to study flow processing of complex fluids in complex microfluidic flows. His work is underpinned by strong collaborations with industry, ranging from personal care to photovoltaics to separation processes. This informal meeting will focus on recent advances in colloid and interfacial science as a route to materials and processes with societal value.

Day 1 - 27 March 2017

Day Schedule
Registration, refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Molecular viscoelasticity in spaces of different dimensionality - Prof Tom McLeish, Durham University
Recent advances in flow-SANS for colloidal and interfacial science
Soft mixtures, thermodynamics and interfacial structures - Prof Dame Julia Higgins, Imperial College London
The role of Colloid chemistry in every breakthrough innovation in industry - Dr Eric Robles, Procter & Gamble
Strength development during consolidation in drying films, Dr Alex Routh, University of Cambridge
Refreshment break
Exploiting disorder for global and local response, Prof Sidney Nagel, university of Chicago
Interfacial instabilities in frontal photopolymerisation, microflow and complex fluid processing - Dr João Cabral, Imperial College London
Close of meeting, wine reception
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14/15 Belgrave Square

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GB£20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-Member

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Organising Committee

Dr Cecile Dreiss, King’s College London

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