17th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution, Germany, 17-22 August 2008

Rideal Travel Bursar Mr Khai Siang Lee reports from Berlin

I wish to thank SCI, and in particular the Sir Eric Rideal Trust, for awarding me a travel bursary to attend the 17th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution, which was held in Berlin, Germany.

The conference was held from 18-22 August 2008 and was organised by the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. This conference is held every two years, and is one of the largest meeting of colloids and interface scientists around the world with five plenary lectures, 247 oral presentations, and 233 posters presentations from nearly 500 participants.

I had the opportunity to give an oral presentation from some of my work from my PhD entitled ‘Superspreading: Marangoni Phenomena’. The talk was well received and well attended and I received very interesting ideas and comments from a range of experienced researchers working on similar topics. This will be very helpful in writing my PhD thesis. In addition, I presented a poster entitled ‘Spreading and Evaporation of Sessile Droplets: Universal Behaviour in the case of Complete Wetting’, which attracted many discussions and comments that will help my further work.

It was also useful to attend the lectures and posters presentations given by fellow researchers in this field, which gave me an insight into new development in colloids and interfaces. Overall, this conference broadened my knowledge and experience and will help me in the short and long term.

Visiting Berlin, the capital city of Germany, was an eye-opening experience. It’s a vibrant city rich in culture, history, and architecture.

I would like to again thank SCI and the Trustees for the Rideal Travel Bursary, which made this fantastic educational experience possible.

Mr Khai Siang Lee
Loughborough University

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