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 Award recognises the contribution of younger talent and was succeeded in 2006 by the McBain Medal. The Medal is awarded annually to an early career researcher.

Nominations are accepted from both RSC and SCI members. 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 Joao 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 awarded to a researcher in the prime of their research career, who has established an international reputation in colloid science, and who has already made distinguished contributions to the field. Graham Lecturers will typically have the prospect of at least another 15 years of active research ahead. 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. Further details are available on the SCI website.


  • 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 and is awarded to honour significant and sustained contribution to the field. 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.

Nominations are accepted from both RSC and SCI members. More information about nominations is available on the SCI website. 

Previous Winners

  • 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 M√∂hwald (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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