Rideal Travel Bursary Recipient, Omar Mansour, Reports from San Diego, California

16 May 2016

In 2015 Omar Mansour was awarded a Rideal Travel Bursary to support his attendance at the 251st ACS national spring meeting in San Diego, California, USA, which was held between 13 and 17 March 2016. Here, he explains how attending the meeting allowed him to meet fellow colloid scientists and expand areas of possible future research collaboration.

‘I have had the opportunity to present at the 251st ACS national spring meeting from 13-17 March, held at the San Diego California convention centre. The conference was attended by a large number of participants from various chemistry divisions from different countries across the world. But of main interest to my field of research were the sessions under the colloid and surface chemistry division which involved many themes such as biocolloids, surfactants, self-assembly and colloids for medical imaging.

‘I had the chance to give an oral presentation entitled Interfacial structure of small molecule surfactant, polymeric surfactant and particle stabilised air-in-water foams. In this presentation, I reported some new data we obtained by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) from foams, and how the technique was used to probe the surfactant structure at the air/water interface.

‘This work was mainly driven by the applications of foams that we encounter in our daily lives such as in medical, cosmetic and food industry applications. The presentation was very well received and attended.

‘Attending this conference allowed me to meet fellow colloid scientists and expand areas of possible future research collaboration. There were many interesting and relevant presentations covering all topics of colloid and surface science, followed by very good discussions and conversations. It was also a privilege to get the chance to attend several talks held in honour of Professor Nicholas L Abbott, where leading experts in the field presented their most recent work.

I would like to thank SCI/RSC for their financial assistance which allowed me to present my work in a very well regarded meeting.’

Omar Mansour
University of Greenwich

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