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Formulating with Surfactants

British Association for Chemical Specialities

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

Formulating with Surfactants

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BACS member (includes refreshment and buffet lunch) Ended £275.00 £0.00 £55.00
Non member (includes refreshments and buffet lunch) Ended £381.94 £0.00 £76.39

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This course provides practical guidance on considerations to be taken into account when developing surfactant‑based formulations and includes problem-solving exercises. Course attendees should have an understanding of surface chemistry and the properties of commonly used surfactants.


The course tutor is Dr Bob Hefford who has many years’ experience in surface and colloid chemistry working for Unilever and Bristol-Myers Squibb where he was Director of their EMEA R&D laboratory. His responsibilities included both basic research and product development. Bob now runs an independent consultancy offering advice on advice and direction on colloid science, cosmetic science, formulation and regulation. He maintains an on-going interest in education particularly in the area of surfactant science.


Feedback from those who attended previous courses includes:


‘Enjoyed the project development section as well as the technical aspects

‘Formulation examples were well worked and good’

‘Test cases and discussion were very useful’

‘Experimental design section was very useful, also problem solving and case studies - group activities’

‘I enjoyed the discussion with examples and great presenter’


BACS members are offered priority booking with attendance limited to 20 delegates to ensure that the course is interactive. Attendees will receive a hard copy of the course material plus a copy on a memory stick




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Why formulation?


Including     - Background to formulation


                       -   Definition of formulation – outline of application and storage tests


                         -   Delivery methods (tablets, dispersions, emulsion, gels, foams and powders)


Surfactants Type


Including     - Different effects within groups, structure  composition effects


                          - Multi-functionality


                       - Synergies and otherwise


Hydrotropes and co solvents


Including     - Functions and role


                       -   Selection of hydrotrope and co solvent




Environmental and Regulatory Influences


Including     - Implications on raw material choice and end use


Principles of Formulation


Including     - Structural characteristics eg physical form, RH, pH,   ionic strength, effect on storage and dispensability


                       - Common   formulation problems and their resolution, eg separation of liquid   formulations on storage at low or elevated temperatures, viscosity problems  and the formulation of stable built liquids


Experimental   Design


Cost Effectiveness and   Manufacturing Issues 


Including     - Raw materials


                       - Production   considerations


Test Cases and Panel Discussion


Including     - Specific examples to demonstrate particular problems


                       - Examples   of solutions to problems


                       - Panel   discussion





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Bredbury Hall
Osborne Street
SK6 2DH Stockport
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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British Association for Chemical Specialities

The British Association for Chemical Specialities (BACS) is a trade association whose members operate in the speciality chemicals sector of the chemicals supply chain.

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