Sheffield Colloid Network Researchers Meeting 2018

We are excited to announce that the Sheffield Colloid Network with support of the Polymer Centre will be hosting a one-day conference at the University of Sheffield on the 10th April 2018.

The day will provide an opportunity for Sheffield-based researchers to network and share discoveries and techniques from all areas of colloid science, as well as give PhD students and Post-doctorate researchers a chance to showcase their research.

Confirmed speakers:
Prof. Chris Sammon – Sheffield Hallam University
Dr. Siddharth Patwardhan – The University of Sheffield
Dr. Caterina Minelli – National Physical Laboratory

If you are a current PhD student or Post-doctoral researcher wishing to present your research we are asking for the following contributions:

Oral presentation – 20 min (15 min + 5 min for questions)
Flash poster presentation – Poster (A0, portrait) + a flash presentation where the topic is introduced in under 3 min using 1 presentation slide.

If interested please register at the link below, and we ask if you are intending to present please submit a short (200 word) abstract in the registration.

 Register Here

Colloid Young Researchers Meeting 2017

On the 10th April 2017 The Young Colloid Researchers Meeting took place at the University of Sheffield.

Hosted by the SCI’s Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group, RSC’s Colloid & Interface Science Group and Sheffield Colloid network; the conference gave industrialists, postdocs and PhD students from Sheffield and other Universities a chance to share their work and gain experience in presenting through flash presentations and poster sessions.

Guest speakers from both industry and academia also had a chance to discuss their own work and careers, engaging in a Q&A session focussed on early career progression which was greatly received.  

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible.

One Day International Symposium - 6th May 2015

The SCN are excited to announce we will be hosting a free one day symposium on Wednesday 6th May.

This event has been scheduled to coincide with the visit of the Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science and BioNanoTechnology groups from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands.

The day will consist of talks by both academics and students from the visiting group and the University of Sheffield, as well as a poster session with plenty of opportunity for networking.

We will have several slots for oral presentations on the day and also the opportunity to present a poster. For early stage researchers this will be a great chance to present your work (to an international audience!).

We hope to cover a broad range of topics on the day so hope there will be something to interest you all.

Please complete the following Google form to register your interest and submit an abstract if you would like to present a talk or poster.

The deadline for abstract submission will be the 10th April. After this date we will confirm the allocation of talks and posters.

Industrial Seminar - 'Making a Mark with Colloid Science' - 24th of February 2015

The first industrial seminar organised by the SCN is now confirmed - our speaker will be Dr Andrew Howe from the University of Cambridge. The seminar will be held in The Dainton Building LT6 from 14.45-16.00 on Tuesday 24th Februrary. Refreshments will be served before the lecture, everyone is welcome we hope to see you there!


Colloid and interface science underlies many printing technologies through the ages. In this presentation, I will describe the application of colloid science in the recent technology of inkjet printing using examples first of coatings and then of inks from studies undertaken in Kodak European Research.

To enable photographic-quality printing at high speeds, the paper or plastic substrate must have a microporous coating. One material used in inkjet receiver coatings is Catapal 200, which disperses in water to give intergrown 40nm boehmite crystallites that are highly anisotropic. The rheological behaviour of concentrated suspensions of Catapal 200 is novel and includes irreversible shear thickening and subsequent, reversible switching between jammed and high-viscosity states. Such behaviour produces difficulties in manufacturing. This talk will describe the Catapal suspension rheology and the design of dispersants that make the suspensions less interesting in the laboratory but much more welcome in the coating plant.

One of the major challenges for inkjet printing is to print a water-based ink directly onto a plastic substrate. Usually solvent-based, hot-melt or reactive ink technologies are employed but these are expensive and can be environmentally problematic. A “smart” solution has devised for continuous inkjet printing, a very high speed, commercial printing technology. The smart ink uses microgel suspensions of the thermally responsive polymer, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), PNIPAM that can show a large and rapid change in viscosity with temperature.

Flash Presentation Event - 5th of November 2014

The next SCN event has now been planned - it will again be in the form of a 'Flash Presentation' meeting. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 5th November from 12-2 in G14 in the Dainton building. For those who did not attend our previous flash presentation session the format will be as follows. You have the opportunity to give a short (3-5 minute) presentation introducing your research area.

Presentations should be pitched to suit an interdisciplinary audience as not everyone will be from your department or even faculty! Each presentation will be followed by a short period for questions before and there will be time for more informal networking over lunch. We hope the timing of this event should allow any new colloid researchers who have just started in this phase to come along and find out a bit about the range of colloid research currently being undertaken within the university. Please please spread the work to any new Post docs, PhDs or UG project students within your group who this may be of interest to (they are also very welcome to present if they would like to!!).

If you would like to attend please reply to this google doc -(, as we need to confirm numbers for catering. If you would like to give a presentation please reply to this email with your title. As we need to know numbers for catering please respond to the event included so we can provide a decent lunch!

Another Successful Event - 30th of July 2014

Firstly thank you to all the speakers and attendees at yesterday’s meeting. We hope you found these interesting and informative. Even with a fairly small number of talks we feel the range of colloid based research within the university was apparent. We again had a good turn out from across a number of departments within the University, and it already seems there are some possible collaborations! Without such good support we could not continue to host these events and push towards our first goal of hosting an internal conference at the end of the year.


Flash Presentation Event - 30th of July 2014

As promised, we have managed to rearrange a date for the "flash presentation evening". Due to rescheduling the event will be held at 12-2pm on the 30th of July in G14 in the Dainton Buliding. This will be comprised of a series of short 5 minute talks lasting approximately 45 minutes followed by a buffet style lunch. We are looking to have speakers from all disciplines represented in the colloid network. If you would be interested in giving a presentation please email a brief summary of your research topic to

Inaugural Meeting - 6th of June 2014

Our first meeting will be held on Friday 6th June from 12-2pm in G14 in the Dainton Building. This informal meeting will include a FREE LUNCH and provide an opportunity to meet and network with researchers from across the university involved in colloid research. (It is also your chance to share with us any ideas you may have and any particular events you would like to see organised by the network to help encourage collaborations and maximise Sheffield’s colloid research potential.)