IACIS 2018 is the 16th Conference of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS). The conference will be held from May 21 to May 25, 2018, in WTC/De Beurs in the centre of the lively City of Rotterdam. The organization is a joint effort of Wageningen University and Delft University of Technology.

IACIS was founded in 1979 to promote international collaboration and to encourage advancement and understanding in the field of colloid and interface science. This field is strongly interdisciplinary, combining aspects of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology. Colloidal systems are nowadays also referred to as “soft matter,” indicating that their structure and dynamics are governed by physical interactions, which are generally weak. The continued development of statistical thermodynamics, advances in theories of liquids and phase transitions, together with computer modelling and simulations have created a powerful conceptual framework.

In the last decades, the field has become more and more integrated with applied sciences, such as food, environmental, and biomedical sciences. As a result, the importance of colloid and interface science in society has steadily grown. It will play an indispensable role in meeting global challenges, such as providing energy, food and fresh water, preventing climate change and sustaining the environment. The aim of the conference is to encourage interactions and stimulate the exchange of ideas to accomplish the above purpose.

Topics of the conference include the following:

  • Surface Forces and Thin Liquid Films
  • Foams, Emulsions and Microemulsions
  • Surfactants and Self-Assembly
  • Fine Particles and Colloidal Dispersions (incl. phase behaviour)
  • Polymers and Gels (incl. phase behaviour)
  • Catalysis and Surface Reactions
  • Wetting and Interfacial Rheology
  • Interfacial Electric Phenomena
  • Biological and Biologically Inspired Systems (incl. biomembranes & lipid bilayers)
  • Applications (in fields such as food, medicine, environmental technology and energy)