Welcome to IACIS 2018!

You are cordially invited to IACIS 2018, 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.

The Netherlands has a rich, more than 150 years old tradition in colloid and interface science and has a strong position in the field. The International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS) and our country have always been closely connected. 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, prevent climate change and sustain 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)

Life Time Achievement Award

During the conference the IACIS Life Time Achievement Award will be presented and the Award winner will give a plenary lecture. The Award recognizes a lifetime of distinguished achievement, and outstanding contribution to the advancement of the art, science and industrial practice of interface and colloid science. All IACIS members are invited to nominate candidates for the Award. A Call for nominations will be sent out in 2017. See for more details on the LTA award and on IACIS itself the website www.iacis.nl.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at IACIS 2018 in Rotterdam!

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee,

Ger Koper and Mieke Kleijn
Chair persons

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