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Unfortunately you have missed this conference, but the presentations are all available as pdfs - click here.

And the follow-up meeting specificly on Formulation and Neutrons held at the UK's spalation neutron source ISIS at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire on 27th June 2016.  A summary of the talks given and the presentations are here - Formulation and Neutrons.

The Formulation Science and Technology Group held an exciting new conference which showed how characterisation has enabled smarter formulation.

Historically formualtion was seen as more of an art than a science, slowly through the application of colloid science combined with the principles of chemical processing and laterly through the use of good scientific practice such as statistical design of experiments, formulation has become a science and in many case now a well controlled engineering process.

However, due to the complexity of many formualtions this has been achieved through direct connection of recipes and processing conditions with required application properties, without understanding of the physical and chemical structures which give rise to these properties.

This meeting showcased a growing number of examples where the range of currently available characterisation techniques has demonstrated the controlling structural features in complex formulations.

The techniques covered in presentations and posters included: 3D electron microscopy, in-situ microscopy techniqued, X-ray tomography, AFM-IR, NMR, surface energy measurement, particle velocimetry.



Dr. Tim Burnett, The University of Manchester

Correlative Tomography: 3D characterization across time and length scales


Professor Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy, The University of Reading

Nanoparticle tracking analysis to look at particle sizing and diffusion studies


Dr Staffan Schantz, AstraZeneca, Sweden

New solid-state NMR methods for characterisation of controlled release formulations


Professor Zhibing Zhang, University of Birmingham

Understanding microcapsule properties for developing consumer products


Dr Sarah Rogers, ISIS Facility, Science and Technology Facilities Council 

Small-Angle Neutron Scattering: Applications to Multi-Component Systems


Dr Simon Gibbon, AkzoNobel RD&I

Clever Characterisation A Different Approach HTE


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The Formulation Science and Technology Group Royal Society of Chemistry




Ecoform 2013 is a technical conference aimed to promote the exchange of information and experience among scientists and other professionals working in the field of green chemistry and formulation.

Programme will include a number of talks from invited experts from industry and academia and a selection from submitted abstracts. The speaker list includes;

Supercritical Water - Jawwad Darr (King’s College London)

Microwave processing – Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy (University of Reading)

Green chemistry - Peter Dunn (Pfizer)

Supercritical CO2 – Vivek Trivedi (University of Greenwich)

Ultrasonics – Timothy Mason (Coventry University)

Radiation Technology – Janusz M. Rosiak (Technical University of Łódź)


Important dates

Abstract submission: 01 March 2013

Early bird deadline: 01 May 2013


An event organised by the Formulation Science and Technology Group (FSTG) of RSC and the University of Greenwich in association with RSC Sonochemistry and Industrial Physical Chemistry group

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