Every three years the UK's Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) awards its prestigious Thomas Graham lecture, named after the distinguished 19th century chemist. Thomas Graham made major discoveries about the diffusion of gases and is considered one of the founders of colloid science. The lecturer is selected by the Joint Colloids Group of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). His lecture was entitled "Stratification in Films of Binary Colloidal Mixtures" and covered research done in the group developing coatings that spontaneously form layers as they dry. This is work in the group funded by the EU as part of the BARRIER-PLUS network. The lecture included recent results from the Soft Matter Group on the mechanisms of stratification in colloidal films, performed by Dr Andrea Fortini, David Makepeace and Alexey Markov, in collaboration with Dr Richard Sear.
The Thomas Graham Lecture is awarded to those who are in the prime of their research careers, have established an international reputation in colloid science, have already made distinguished contributions to the field of colloid science, and have the prospect of a further 15+ years of active research to come.
UK Colloids 2017, is an international colloids and interfacial science symposium, it was held from July 10 to 12 at the Manchester Central convention centre.