26 March 2018

Casting Dispersions

Organised by:

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

SCI, London, UK

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When a colloidal dispersion is dried the material transitions from a liquid to a solid. The process determines the final properties of the dry material and understanding the physics of the drying is crucial for a range of industries, including paints and varnishes, pottery and self-assembly applications.

This one day meeting will comprise three invited lectures by international experts. We will also have talks from submitted abstracts to highlight the breadth of work being carried out on the drying of films in the UK.


Day 1 - 26 March 2018

Registration and refreshment
Stratification in drying films: from theory to potential applications Dr Richard Sear, University of Surrey, UK
Experimental evidence of inverted stratification using microfocused small angle X-ray scattering Amanda Carr, Stony Brook University, USA
In situ monitoring of latex film formation by small-angle neutron scattering: a case study of surfactant-free latexes Dr Ignacio Martin-Fabiani, Loughborough University, UK
Lunch and Colloids Group AGM
Harnessing coffee rings with interactions, flows and light: from ubiquitous particle patterning to low-cost diagnostics Prof Damien Baigl, École Normale Supérieure, France
Two-step assembly of nanoparticles during drop casting revealed by time-resolved SAXS, QCM-D and microscopy Prof Lennart Bergström, Stockholm University, Sweden
Microscale liquid engineering - new surfaces by droplet control and capture Qingxin Zhang, University of Cambridge, UK
Refreshment break
New approaches for studying fast evaporation in free drying droplets Rachael Miles, University of Bristol, UK
Droplet drying kinetics: inter-particle interactions of nonpolar systems Mohamed Danial Shafiq, University of Bristol, UK
Watching ink dry - particle deposition in inkjet printing Prof Colin Bain, Durham University, UK

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird fees before Monday 12 February 2018

£70 SCI / RSC Member
£20 SCI / RSC Student Member
£30 SCI / RSC Subsidised Member
£80 Non-Member

Standard fees after Monday 12 February 2018

£80 SCI / RSC Member
£25 SCI / RSC Student Member
£40 SCI / RSC Subsidised Member
£100 Non-Member

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Additional Info

Organising Committee

  • Dr Alex Routh, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Jeroen van Duijneveldt, University of Bristol, UK
  • Dr Peter Shaw, Synthomer Ltd, UK

Call for Posters

Contributions are invited from those working in academic or industrial labs, covering all issues related to drying of dispersions.

An abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words indicating title, authors and preference for presentation option (Oral or Poster) should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Monday 12 February 2018with the subject line “Casting Dispersions - abstract submission” Oral presentation slots are inevitably limited and will be allocated to achieve a balanced programme. Topics may be results, reviews or plans and may have already been presented elsewhere.

Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.