McBain Medal Meeting 2018 - Making and breaking colloidal assemblies: using chemical, physical, and mechanical stimuli to control soft matter


SCI, London, UK
Tuesday 11 December 2018
Organised by SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group

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The SCI Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group are delighted to announce that Dr Valeria Garbin of Imperial College London is the 2018 recipient of the McBain Medal. Dr Garbin’s research programme focuses on fundamental aspects of microscale transport phenomena in soft and biological matter. Her team has performed the first measurement of steric interactions between nanoparticles at fluid interfaces, discovered new mechanisms of the removal of nanoparticles from fluid interfaces, and pioneered the use of optical tweezers to manipulate biocolloids for ultrasound medical imaging.

The McBain Medal is presented annually to an early career researcher (within 15 years of the award of a PhD) for outstanding achievement in colloid and interface science. This one day meeting will honour Dr Garbin and at the same time the Medal will be presented.


Target audience: researchers from colloid chemistry, soft matter physics and chemical engineering backgrounds working in functional, responsive, and self-healing materials; controlled release; tuneable soft materials and soft actuation. The meeting will focus on fundamental aspects that underpin applications in formulations, catalysis, soft robotics, nanomaterials processing and more. 


The full programme will be announced in due course.


Opportunities are available for a limited number of posters. Interested applicants should send an abstract of one A4 page or 300 words maximum, indicating title and authors, to by Wednesday 10 October 2018 with the subject line “McBain medal - poster submission”.

Confirmed speakers

Dr Valeria Garbin, Imperial College London
Prof Bernie Binks, University of Hull
Dr Paul Clegg, University of Edinburgh
Dr Lorenzo Botto, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Stefan Bon, University of Warwick
Dr Erika Eiser, University of Cambridge
Prof Lucio Isa, ETH, Zurich

Organising Committee

Dr Andrew Howe, Aqdot Ltd
Dr Wim Thielemans, Kuleuven

Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Delegate Fees

Early bird fees before Wednesday 10 October 2018

£35   SCI/RSC/IoP Member
£20   SCI/RSC Student Member
£20   SCI/RSC Subsidised Member
£75   Non-Member

Standard fees after Wednesday 10 October 2018

£45   SCI/RSC/IoP Member
£25   SCI/RSC Student Member
£25   SCI/RSC Subsidised Member
£90   Non-Member

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