22 June 2022

Rideal Lecture 2022 and Symposium on Particles at a Range of Fluid Interfaces

Organised by:

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

SCI, London UK

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The Sir Eric Rideal Lecture honours an individual who has made a sustained and distinguished contribution to colloid and interface science in the UK, and a one-day scientific meeting is organised around the winner. The 2022 awardee is Professor Bernard Binks from the University of Hull. The one-day symposium will feature six invited lectures by his colleagues and collaborators speaking about their recent research related to particles at interfaces and their applications. The meeting will conclude with Professor Binks’ award lecture on his pioneering research.


This meeting will bring together chemists, chemical engineers and physicists interested in the fundamentals of research on particles at fluid interfaces, as well as those interested in applications across numerous industrial sectors. One of the aims of the meeting is to offer early career researchers a unique platform to gain first-hand information from world-renowned scientists on topics of prime importance in colloid science. Attendees will be able to present their work in the lunchtime poster session.

Call for posters

An abstract of maximum one A4 page or up to 300 words, indicating title and authors, should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Friday 20 May 2022 with the subject line “Rideal lecture - poster abstract submission”. Download an abstract template here.


Dr. Ana Maria Bago Rodriguez

Reckitt Benckiser

Dr. Ana Maria Bago Rodriguez graduated with a Master in Analytical Chemistry from the Institut Quimic de Sarrià (IQS), Ramon Llull University (Barcelona) (2015). She then moved to the University of Hull (U.K.), where she obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. B.P. Binks (2018). The project, fully funded by Shiseido (Japan), focused on emulsions stabilised by polyelectrolyte complexes formed upon the electrostatic interaction of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. In 2019, Dr. Ana Maria Bago Rodriguez joined the One-Flow Project as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hull working on catalysis in Pickering emulsions for efficient enzymatic transformations. She is currently at Reckitt (Hull) supporting the R&D Innovation team to find the next breakthrough innovation with a big focus on Sustainability.

Dr Andrew Johnson


Andrew started his training in colloid and interface science under the supervision of Professor Bernard P. Binks at the University of Hull. He found his interest in this topic during his MChem final year project, which focused on the transitional phase inversion of particle-stabilised water-in-air formulations (“dry water”), into air-in-water foams. Andrew then continued his studies under the supervision of Professors Bernard P. Binks and Paul D.I. Fletcher, where his Ph.D. research, sponsored by the EPSRC and GSK, focused primarily on the permeation of API’s from simple solutions, particle dispersions, and particle-stabilised emulsions, through membranes such as the skin or packaging polymer laminates. A further 3 years of post-doctoral GSK-sponsored research followed, which focused on the development of novel sunscreen formulations that maintain their SPF value after application to the skin. In 2016, Andrew moved to industry to work at GSK’s Global Manufacture and Supply site in Barnard Castle (UK), where he worked for 2 years as a lead scientist resolving technical challenges across all of GSK’s pharmaceutical liquids, creams and ointment products. Andrew then moved to GSK’s Consumer Healthcare business in 2018, where he since remains, working in a multitude of different roles to provide technical assistance and leadership in the development of FMCG products from innovation through to commercial launch.

Prof Bernard Binks

University of Hull

Bernard Binks graduated with a BSc (1983) and a PhD (1986) in Chemistry at the University of Hull. After postdocs. in Paris and Hull, he was appointed Lecturer at the University of Hull in 1991 and promoted to Professor in 2003. His research interest include surfactants, colloidal dispersions and the behaviour of particles at fluid interfaces. He has been awarded 6 prizes, has published over 350 papers and 17 patents and is currently a Senior Editor of Langmuir.

Binglei Song

Jiangnan University, China

Binglei Song received his PhD degree from Fuzhou University in 2010. He is a member in Prof. Zhenggang Cui’s surfactant and colloids group, which closely cooperates with Prof. Binks in researches. He is also a visiting scholar in Prof. Wuge Briscoe’s group of University of Bristol since 2021. His research area includes the self-assembly of novel surfactants, emulsions and Pickering emulsions, and chemicals in enhanced oil recovery (EOR). He is supported by two NSFC funds aiming at the self-assembly of rosin-based surfactants. He is now an associate professor in Jiangnan University.

Prof. Brent Murray

University of Leeds

Professor Brent S. Murray is a physical chemist leading the Food Colloids & Bioprocessing Group in the School of Food Science & Nutrition, with 40 years experience working in diverse aspects of colloid and interface science, in both academia and industry. Main research interests include interfacial rheology of adsorbed biopolymer/biosurfactant films in relation to colloidal stability; modelling and measuring adsorption and conformation of biopolymers at fluid interfaces; gels, particle-stabilized emulsions & foams. Recently led the Leeds part of Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI) CDT, renewed (2019) as SOFI2; member of new (2019) Molecules to Product CDT at Leeds; member of Bragg Centre Management Board.

Prof. Zhenggang Cui

Jiangnan University

Zhenggang Cui received his BSc (1982) and MSc (1987) in Wuxi Institute of Light Industry (currently renamed as Jiangnan Univerity) and has been a teacher and researcher there since 1982. In 2002 he first arrived at Hull University as a visiting scholar and later (2003-2006) did a PhD, supervised by Prof B.P. Binks and P.D.I. Fletcher. He was involved in research on Piclering emulsions and surface active nanoparticles since then, after he returned to Jiangnan University, he led a group focusing on surfactants and colloids. Specifically on smart surfactants and smart emulsion/foam systems supported by NSFC, and closely cooperated with Prof. Binks in research. He is currently a professor in Jiangnan University and an associate editor of Journal of Surfactants and Detergents.

Dr Manos Anyfantakis

University of Luxembourg

Manos Anyfantakis studied materials science (BSc) and applied molecular spectroscopy (MSc) at the University of Crete, Greece. He earned a PhD in polymer physical chemistry (2010), under the supervision of Dr. Loppinet, Prof. Fytas (Foundation for Research & Technology Hellas) and Prof. Butt (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany). After his military service, he returned to MPIP for a postdoc with Dr. Auernhammer that introduced him to the intriguing world of surface science. In 2013, Manos joined Prof. Baigl’s team at École Normale Supérieure, France as a postdoc and a year later he won a Marie
Curie fellowship. Profiting from the unique team atmosphere and the freedom he was given, he initiated various projects ranging from particle deposition and patterning to 2D colloid crystallization. In 2017, he
joined Prof. Lagerwall’s group at the University of Luxembourg, where he opened the door to another fascinating soft matter class, liquid crystals. Since 2019, he is a Principal Investigator thanks to a Core
Junior grant from the Luxembourg Research Fund.

Dr Valeria Garbin

Delft University of Technology

Valeria Garbin is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Her research is focused on microscale transport phenomena in soft and biological matter, ranging from colloids at interfaces, lipid vesicles and hydrogels, to yield-stress fluids. Dr Garbin’s fundamental research program aims to help develop innovative solutions for sustainable processes and product, drug delivery, bioprocessing, and advanced materials. Valeria has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant, was the 2018 recipient of the McBain medal (SCI/RSC), and the 2020 recipient of the Soft Matter Lectureship (RSC).


Wednesday 22 June

Welcome and opening remarks
Particles, particles everywhere and in your food and drink
Prof Brent S Murray, University of Leeds, UK
Applications of Pickering emulsions
Dr Ana Maria Bago-Rodriguez, Reckitt Benckiser, UK
Synergistic effects of nanoparticles and surfactant as emulsifiers: from smart to recyclable
Dr Binglei Song, Jiangnan University, China
Controlling drug delivery through membranes from aqueous and non-aqueous particle-stabilised emulsions
Dr Andrew J Johnson, GSK, UK
Micromechanics and stability of Pickering bubbles for oleofoam formulation
Dr Valeria Garbin, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Refreshment break and Posters
Plasmonic liquid mirrors and photonic liquid marbles
Dr Manos Anyfantakis, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Particles as Surfactants: Foams, Emulsions and Novel Materials
Prof Bernard P. Binks, University of Hull, UK
Award conferral
Networking reception

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Organising committee

Prof Joseph Keddie, University of Surrey 
Prof Alex Routh, University of Cambridge