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    Group History

    In 1958 Sir Eric Rideal, a Past President of SCI, founded the Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group to support the growing importance of colloids and surface chemistry in industry (Sir Eric Rideal biography).

    Subsequently, Prof Ron Ottewill, Sir Eric, and other eminent scientists created the Colloid and Interface Science Group within the RSC-forerunner, the Faraday Society. This was in response to the increasing number of colloid and surface science centres being formed in academic institutions.

    The focus of these groups is as relevant now as it was then - the subject area pervades virtually all areas of science. It is the foundation of what is popularly called 'nanotechnology', and finds applications across a wide range of commercial sectors.

    About Colloid Science
    Colloid and formulation science is a critical capability in industrial design and manufacture of just about any chemical and many bio-industry 'finished' products. Colloids include a variety of complex materials, eg liquids in liquids (emulsions), solids in liquids (dispersions), liquids in gases (aerosols or foams), solid dispersions and biosystems, where the interactions between phases and at interfaces are dominant aspects of the system’s behaviour.

    In order to better serve its scientific and technical community; from January 2002 the two committees have worked in tandem, whilst maintaining the valuable links with both parent bodies, by holding joint committee meetings and since 2003 joint scientific meetings.

    This provides a coherent focus for the UK colloid community both in academia and industry, as well as to reach out to cognate disciplines. The Group primarily organises short scientific conferences, but given the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the field these are frequently held in conjunction with other SCI/RSC Technical Interest Groups or allied organisations.

    • SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group
      Founded in 1958 by Sir Eric Rideal to support the growing importance of colloids and surface chemistry in Industry.
    • RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group
      Founded in 1971 as part of the Faraday Society with the strong support of Sir Eric Rideal (former president of SCI, and the Faraday Society), became part of RSC on its formation in 1980. Founding members included Geoff Parfitt (Chair, Nottingham University and also founder of IACIS), Prof Ron Ottewill (Hon Sec, Cambridge University), Dennis Haydon (Hon Treasurer, Cambridge University). This was in response to the increasing number of colloid and surface science centres being formed in academic institutions.
    • Joint Colloid Group
      The Joint Colloid Group was formed in 2002.