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.

Professor Bernie Binks, University of Hull, United Kingdom

Bernie Binks obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry (1983) and a Ph.D. in surface chemistry and microemulsions (1986) at the University of Hull, UK. He was awarded a Royal Society European Fellowship to study in Paris, where he worked on light scattering and ellipsometry from liquid interfaces coated with surfactant (1987). After further postdoctoral years studying Langmuir monolayers on water and multilayers on solid substrates, he was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Hull in 1991. He was promoted to Professor of Physical Chemistry in 2003 and led the Surfactant & Colloid Group in Hull since 2002.

His main research interests are in the properties and behaviour of colloidal particles at fluid interfaces. This includes particles at planar interfaces, particle-stabilised emulsions (oil-water, oil-oil) and foams (aqueous and non-aqueous) and novel materials derived from them, e.g. dry water/oil, powdered emulsions, liquid marbles. Research funding is derived primarily from industry for both fundamental and applied investigations.

He has published over 270 peer reviewed articles and edited 3 research monographs on Emulsions, Surfactant Characterisation and Particles at Liquid Interfaces. He was awarded the RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group medal in 2004, the European Colloid and Interface Society-Rhodia Prize in 2011, the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award in 2014 and the ACS Langmuir Lecturer Award in 2016.

He is a Consultant to several major companies involved with food, agrochemicals, detergents, oilfield chemicals and pharmaceutical formulations and is a Senior Editor of Langmuir

Professor Steve Armes, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Prof. Armes graduated from Bristol University (BSc 1983, PhD 1987). He worked as a post-doctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for two years and then moved to Sussex University in 1989. He was promoted to Professor in 2000 and moved to his current institution, Sheffield University, in 2004. At Sheffield, he is the Director of the Polymer Centre and also leads a £7.1 M Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the field of Polymers, Soft Matter and Colloids. He has published more than 570 papers (H index 99) in this area, with a current focus on polymerisation-induced self-assembly. His research has been recognised with the award of four RSC medals over the past ten years and more recently the 2016 DSM Materials Science award. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.

Dr. Ir. Albert T. Poortinga, Bether Encapsulates, Netherlands

Albert Poortinga holds a MSc in Applied Physics and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. In 2015 he started Bether Encapsulates, a company specialized in encapsulation with a focus on a proprietary encapsulation technology based on Pickering stabilization. Before starting Bether Encapsulates, Albert worked within R&D in the food industry performing research on emulsions, foams and encapsulation. Albert is the (co-)author of over 20 scientific articles and (co-)inventor of 25 patents, mainly in the field of encapsulation. Next to his work for Bether Encapsulates, Albert holds a position as an associate professor in Applied soft matter within the Polymer Technology group on the Technical University of Eindhoven.   

Dr. Konrad Roschmann, BASF, Germany

After receiving his PhD in organic chemistry from the University Wurzburg in 2002, Konrad Roschmann joined BASF SE, Ludwigshafen in the dispersion & colloidal materials research department. At BASF, he worked on several positions within research and development dealing with water-based binder resins for coatings and adhesive applications.

  • Dr. Phil Taylor Syngenta, United Kingdom
  • Professor Stefan Bon University of Warwick, United Kingdom

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. 

Over the first three sessions there are three 20 minute speaking slots open for abstract submission.
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

We are pleased to announce three £100 travel bursaries for students and young researchers (<28 years old or an equivalent age when taking into account career breaks). The criterion for application is a successful abstract submission. The bursaries will be given on a first come first served basis. Please email the organisers to apply.

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Sponsorship & supporting organisations
This event is sponsored by BYK Additives & Instruments, Malvern Instruments and BASF
The Royal Society of Chemistry

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