Awards


Three awards are offered jointly by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Science Group.


McBain Medal


The McBain Medal recognises the achievement of early career researchers and technologists working on topics of relevance to colloid and interface science.  It was established in 2006 to succeed the McBain Award. The Medal is awarded annually to researchers and technologists no more than 15 years after they have completed their postgraduate study. The Medalist must be based in the UK or have carried out a substantial part of their research work here. Currently-serving members of the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group Committee are not eligible for the Medal.

Nominations are made by members of the sponsoring groups: SCI CSCG and RSC CISG.  More information about nominations is available on the SCI website.

Past Winners

  • 2018 Dr Valeria Garbin (Imperial College London)
  • 2017 Dr Rico Tabor (Monash University)
  • 2016 Dr João Cabral (Imperial College London)
  • 2015 Professor Giuseppe Battaglia (UCL)
  • 2014 Professor Rachel O'Reilly (University of Warwick)
  • 2013 Dr Oren Scherman (University of Cambridge)
  • 2012 Dr Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy (University of Reading)
  • 2011 Professor Adam Lee (University of Cardiff)
  • 2010 Dr Alex Routh (University of Cambridge)
  • 2009 Dr Peter Dowding (University of Leeds and Infineum)
  • 2008 Dr Fernando Bresme (Imperial College London)
  • 2007 Professor Andrew Cooper (University of Liverpool)
  • 2006 Dr Julie MacPherson (University of Warwick)  

Thomas Graham Lecture


The Thomas Graham Lecture is a mid-career award for a researcher who has established an international reputation in colloid science, and who has already made distinguished contributions to the field, with a substantial part of their work conducted in the UK. The Graham Lecture will typically be awarded to researchers who have completed postgraduate study between 15 and 30 years before their nomination. Currently-serving members of the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group Committee are not eligible for the award.

The award is named after Thomas Graham, who is considered one of the founders of colloid science. The award was made every three years until 2017, but it was awarded biennially thereafter.

Nominations are made by members of the sponsoring groups: SCI CSCG and RSC CISG. Further details are available on the SCI website.

Winners

  • 2019 Professor Wilson C.K. Poon (University of Edinburgh)
  • 2017 Professor Joe Keddie (University of Surrey)
  • 2014 Professor Steven Armes (University of Sheffield)
  • 2011 Professor Colin Bain (Durham University)    

Sir Eric Rideal Award and Lecture


The Rideal lecture (formerly known as the Founder's Lecture) became a joint Colloids group award in 2006. It is a “lifetime achievement award” to honour significant and sustained contribution to the field of colloid and interface science or its applications, typically presented more than 30 years after completing postgraduate study. 

Candidates need not be UK-based necessarily, but they will have had a sustained and significant connections with the UK colloid, interface and surface science community and a marked impact upon work in the UK. Currently-serving members of the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group Committee are not eligible for the award.

Nominations are made by members of the sponsoring groups: SCI CSCG and RSC CISG.  More information about nominations is available on the SCI website. 

Previous Winners

  • 2019  Professor Peter A. Lovell (University of Manchester)
  • 2018  No award
  • 2017  Professor Daan Frenkel (University of Cambridge)
  • 2016  No Award
  • 2015  Professor Paul Luckham (Imperial College, London)
  • 2014  Professor Dame Athene Donald (University of Cambridge)
  • 2013  Professor Jeff Penfold (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
  • 2012  Professor Geoff Maitland (Imperial College London)
  • 2011  Dr Robert Thomas (University of Oxford)
  • 2010  Professor Thomas W Healy (University of Melbourne)
  • 2009  Professor Richard Buscall (Imperial College London)
  • 2008  Professor Julian Eastoe (Bristol University)
  • 2007  Alan Pitt (Kodak)
  • 2006  Professor Eric Dickinson (University of Leeds)
  • 2005  Dr James Goodwin (Bristol University)
  • 2004  Professor Terence Cosgrove (Bristol University)
  • 2003  Professor Brian H Robinson (East Anglia University)
  • 2002  Professor Helmut Möhwald (Max Planck Institute, Berlin)
  • 2001  Professor J Pethica (Oxford University)
  • 2000  Professor D Tildesley (Unilever PSL)
  • 1999  Dr T D Blake (Kodak)
  • 1998  Professor J Gregory (University College London)
  • 1997  Professor B Vincent (Bristol University)
  • 1996  Professor A M Cazabat (College de France, Paris)
  • 1995  Professor G J T Tiddy (UMIST)
  • 1994  Professor B R Jennings (English China Clays)
  • 1993  Professor B J Briscoe (Imperial College)
  • 1992  Professor H Sonntag (Max Planck Institute, Berlin)
  • 1991  Dr Th F Tadros (ICI/Zeneca)
  • 1990  Professor Sir Sam Edwards (Cambridge University)
  • 1989  Professor J D Birchall (ICI)
  • 1988  Professor A I Bailey (Imperial College)
  • 1987  Professor J Lyklema (Wageningen University)
  • 1986  Professor Sir J M Thomas (Royal Institution, London)
  • 1985  Professor R H Ottewill (Bristol University)
  • 1984  Professor J Th G Overbeek (Utrecht University)
  • 1983  Professor D H Everett (Bristol University)
  • 1982  Professor K S W Sing (Brunel University)
  • 1981  Professor D Tabor (Cambridge University) 
  • 1980  Professor R M Barrer (Imperial College)
  • 1979  Dr J A Kitchener (Imperial College) 
  • 1978  Dr D A Haydon (Cambridge University)
  • 1977  Dr A D Bangham (Cambridge University)
  • 1976  Sir Harry Melville (London University)
  • 1975  Professor D D Eley (Nottingham University)
  • 1974  Professor D J Crisp  (University College of North Wales)
  • 1973  Prof J T Davies (Birmingham University)
  • 1972  M K Schwitzer 
  • 1971  Dr B A Pethica (Unilever PSL)
  • 1970  Professor J H De Boer (Delft Technological University)    

Related Links

Link icon RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group Website
More information about Group activities

Link icon Society of Chemical Industry
SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group Homepage

Link icon SCI Awards Website
Futher information on the awards presented in collaboration with the SCI

Link icon SCI Thomas Graham Lecture web page
Further information about the Thomas Graham Lecture

Link icon SCI Rideal Award and Lecture web page
Futher information about the Rideal Award and Lecture


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