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Formulating with Surfactants

British Association for Chemical Specialities

Thursday, 10 October 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

Formulating with Surfactants

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BACS member   more info 26 Sep 2019 £295.20 £0.00 £59.04
Non member   more info 26 Sep 2019 £410.00 £0.00 £82.00

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Effective and efficient product development is more important today than it has ever been. An understanding of the issues and problems which can arise when formulating with surfactants will help provide with more effective product development.


This course provides practical guidance on considerations to be taken into account when developing surfactant‑based formulations and includes problem-solving exercises.


Those formulating with surfactants having 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’; ‘I enjoyed the discussion with examples and great presenter’

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

 BACS members are offered priority booking with attendance limited to 20 delegates to ensure that the course is interactive. Attendees will receive both electronic and a hard copy of the course material.


Registration and refreshments


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



Do you have questions about Formulating with Surfactants? Contact British Association for Chemical Specialities

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Bredbury Hall Hotel
Osborne Street
SK6 2DH Stockport
United Kingdom

Thursday, 10 October 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00 (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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