Commercialisation of Pickering Emulsions

23 November 2017 08:30-18:00, London, United Kingdom

Conventional surfactants have dominated emulsion science due to their ease of use, relatively low cost and control. However, their future industrial use is under threat, because of formulation foaming problems, skin irritation issues for home & personal care products and the need to reduce VOCs and carbon footprints. In principle, Pickering emulsions can address these problems.

Pickering emulsions are stabilised by solid particles, rather than surfactants. However, despite being recognised for more than a century, they have received relatively little commercial attention. Suitable particle-based emulsifiers include clays, silica and polymer nanoparticles, with morphologies ranging from spheres to worms to dumbbells to discs. In principle, Pickering emulsions can be used in many industrial sectors, including agrochemicals, cosmetics, food manufacturing and drug delivery. The aim of this workshop is to further our understanding of how to tailor Pickering emulsifiers to achieve high performance within an industrial context.

At this workshop our aims are:
  • To enhance the interface between industry and academia with respect to further understanding of Pickering technologies and to identify any challenges in commercialisation.
  • To establish a set of practical guidelines to help industrial scientists identify which particles to use for a given system to produce the desired final properties (“A Beginners Guide to Pickering Technologies”).
  • To direct future academic research to tackle the perceived current commercial limitations of Pickering emulsions.
  • To give young colloid scientists the opportunity to meet established companies in the field.

Session 1 – Control of Pickering Emulsions.
Presentations on how particle size, morphology and chemical composition combine with the processing conditions to produce a broad spectrum of macroscopic and microscopic emulsion properties.

Session 2 – Formulating with Pickering Emulsifiers
What are the benefits and challenges, successes and failures of Pickering technology in commercial formulations?

Session 3 – Emulsion Polymerisation
Talks exploring the possibility of using particle emulsifiers in emulsion polymerisation to produce materials with new and diverse properties and performances. From armoured colloids to clay-polymer nanocomposite materials.

Session 4 – Q and A session with the Experts
A round-table discussion to establish “A Beginners Guide to Pickering Technologies” – to be authored after the event and sent out to delegates.

Over the first three sessions there are three 20 minute speaking slots open for abstract submission. Full program to be announced later.



Abstract Submission
The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. 

Early Bird: Full Price = £155 (Non-Members) & £130 (RSC or SCI Members), Concessions (Students and Young (<28YO) Investigators) = £125 (Non-Members) & £100 (RSC or SCI Members), Subsidised (Retired or Unemployed RSC or SCI Members) = £100.

After 1st October: Full Price = £190 (Non-Members) & £165 (RSC or SCI Members), Concessions (Students and Young (<28YO) Investigators) = £150 (Non-Members) & £125 (RSC or SCI Members), Subsidised (Retired or Unemployed RSC or SCI Members) = £100
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Sponsorship & supporting organisations
This event is sponsored by BYK Additives & Instruments, Malvern Instruments and BASF
The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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The event is brought to you jointly by the Industrial Physical Chemistry Group at the RSC and the Joint Colloids Group at the RSC and SCI
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