Colloid & Interface Science Group

Colloid and Interface Science

The Colloid and Interface Science Group is one of the RSC's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.

In recent years, to present a more coherent front for colloid science, particularly in the UK, the committee now meets regularly with that of its sister group in the SCI, and all meetings of either group are now co-sponsored.


Colloid and Interface Science is an important area of knowledge which underpins a very wide variety of both fundamental and applied science.  

Colloids include a variety of complex materials, eg liquids in liquids (emulsions), solids in liquids (dispersions), liquids in gases (aerosols or foams), solid dispersions and biosystems, where the interactions between phases and at interfaces are dominant aspects of the system’s behaviour.

Colloid and formulation science is a critical capability in industrial design and manufacture of just about any chemical and many bio-industry “finished” products, eg: medicines and biocides; foods; personal care and household care products; ceramics and composites; paints and coatings. 


  • The Group organises three or four short conferences each year.  
  • The Group is keen to attract young scientists in this increasingly interdisciplinary area of science. One recent initiative is the creation of a new award, the McBain Medal, named in honour of James W McBain, the first Leverhulme Professor of Physical Chemistry.  

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join    

Downloadable Files

Annual Report 2018
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Newsletter June 2015
Download the Newsletter for June 2015
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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

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Contact and Further Information

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141