18 March - 19 March 2013

The Future and Impact of Scattering Techniques in Soft Matter

Organised by:

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

Keble College, Oxford

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


The AGM will take place at lunchtime during the Rideal Lecture Symposium:"The Impact and Future of Scattering Techniques in Soft Matter"

(Please note that participation in the AGM does not require registration for the Rideal Symposium.)

Scattering methods have evolved in both complexity and in application over the past 30 years. The aim is to show how increasingly complex chemical, magnetic and biological systems demand a multi-technique approach in order to derive a full description of their behaviour. The meeting is combined with the 2013 Sir Eric Rideal lecture given by the award recipient, Prof. Jeff Penfold.

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Venue and Contact

Keble College

O'Reilly Theatre, Keble College, Oxford, OX1 3PG
Please click here for a location map.


Dr Cécile Dreiss

+44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: cecile.dreiss@kcl.ac.uk


For further information including registration, please click here.

Delegate rate £290
Discounted delegate rate (RSC, IOP, SCI) £255
Invited speaker rate £225
Student rate £125

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Additional Info

Registration is now open and SCI, RSC and IOP members will received a reduced registration rate. 
If you are a member of SCI, please use the code PROMOSCI during the online registration process. RSC members should use their membership number and IOP members should use the code PROMOIOP.

Please note that the delegate fee includes the conference dinner on the 18th March.

For any further information about the meeting, please contact the organiser via Dr Claire Pizzey (claire.pizzey@diamond.ac.uk)



We thank our sponsors STFC, Unilever, Malvern Instruments, IoP Neutron Scattering group and Diamond Light Source for their generous support.

Confirmed speakers

D. Barlow
R. Dalgliesh
R. Felici 
G. Fragnetto
I. Grillo
J. Lakey 
J. Lu 
J. Penfold
J. T. Petkov
L. Porcar
A. R. Rennie
R. K. Thomas
I. M. Tucker
A. Zarbakhsh
T. Zemb

The Sir Eric Rideal Lecturer for 2013 will be Professor Jeffery Penfold of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Jeff Penfold has pioneered the use of scattering techniques, particularly SANS and Neutron reflectivity for the study of soft condensed matter in solution, surfactants and polymers adsorbed at interfaces and surfactants under shear. With John Hayter he developed the mean spherical approximation for analysis of small charge interacting micelles in solution, a method which is the mainstream for analysis of such materials today.
In partnership with Bob Thomas, he pioneered the application of neutron reflectivity for the study of surfactant adsorption at interfaces, a technique which has now become an essential tool for the physical chemist concerned with surfactant adsorption at interfaces. With over 400 publications in international peer reviewed journals, his contribution is significant. He was awarded the Walter Halg medal in 2007 for services to neutron scattering and is the 2013 Rideal award winner in recognition of his contribution to the areas of soft condensed matter and Physical Chemistry. Jeff joined the Harwell facility and then went to study Physics at Brunel University. In 1981 he received his PhDfor a thesis entitled "New applications of neutron scattering to problems in surface chemistry". In 1971 he was appointed Scientific Officer in the Neutron Beam Research Unit at the Rutherford Laboratory. From 1977 to 1979 he was seconded to the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble. From 1980 to 2003 he was Group Leader for Large Scale Structures at ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and is a former Group Leader for non-crystalline diffraction at the same institution. In 2001 he was appointed as Project Scientist for the successful target station 2 project at ISIS. He is currently a senior IM scientist at the ISIS facility. In 2000 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, and since 2002 he has been Visiting Professor in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford.

Rideal Award

Sir Eric Rideal (1890-1974) was an English physical chemist who pioneered many frontiers in catalysis, colloid science and physical chemistry, who in 1950 founded the Colloid and Interface Science group. The Rideal Award is made annually in his honour to a person who has made a substantial contribution to the area of colloid science.

Eleventh Joint Colloid Group Annual General Meeting of the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group

The AGM will take place at 13:50 during the Rideal Lecture Symposium on 18 March in the O'Reilly Theatre, Keble College.
(Please note that participation does not require registration at the Rideal Symposium).

For more information and an agenda, please click here.

Location and accommodation

Keble College, Parks Road, OX1 3PG, UK

Keble College Oxford is host to this 2 day scattering conference, and has excellent facilities offering the opportunity for presenters, delegates, students and exhibitors to interact in a pleasant, well catered environment. Keble is close to Oxford city centre, and has great links to both rail services and London airports.
Rooms are available on a first come first served basis. To make a reservation, please visit the college accommodation reservation website and use the code R1D34L.

For more information about the venue and a map, please click here.