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McBain Medal 2017: Watching Colloids Work, event preview

McBain Medal 2017: Watching Colloids Work Tuesday 12 December 2017

10 Oct 2017

Venue: SCI, London, UK
Date: Tuesday 12 December 2017

The McBain medal is awarded annually by the Colloid Groups of SCI and the RSC to recognise a rising star in colloid and interface science. This year, Dr Rico Tabor from Monash University has been awarded the medal for his work on surfactants and responsive colloidal systems. Dr Tabor obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol and then moved to Melbourne, where his research focuses on designing complex systems of particles and surfactants that respond to light, pH, or magnetic fields. His team uses small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering, atomic force microscopy and related techniques to interrogate materials at nanometer length scales, and explore the dynamics of their assembly into larger, ordered structures.

This meeting will showcase some of the latest work in colloids that respond to external stimuli, and state-of-the-art techniques to ‘watch them work’ with applications in areas as diverse as smart water treatment and functional foods. Speakers on the day will include:

  • Dr Sarah Rogers, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, STFC, UK
    Studying colloidal systems with small-angle neutron scattering
  • Prof Alex Routh, University of Cambridge, UK
    Preferential adsorption to interfaces: A novel cryoprotective mechanism for LEA proteins
  • Prof Ray Dagastine, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Adhesive emulsions: drop chain formation via microfluidic devices guided by AFM drop collision measurements
  • Dr Rico Tabor, Monash University, Australia
    Watching colloids work: Self-assembly of responsive systems

A dedicated poster session will also give students the opportunity to present their work. Interested applicants should send an abstract of 300 words, indicating title and authors, to conferences@soci.org by Friday 1 December 2017 with the subject line “McBain medal - poster submission”.

Book your place today to receive early bird rates before Friday 3 November 2017. SCI Members attending this meeting can claim CPD points.

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