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Surfactants and their Applications

British Association for Chemical Specialities

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Surfactants and their Applications

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
BACS member (includes refreshments and buffet lunch) 4 Sep 2017 £275.00 £0.00 £55.00
Non member (includes refreshments and buffet lunch) 4 Sep 2017 £381.94 £0.00 £76.39

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This is an advanced course intended for chemists with a working knowledge of surface chemistry and provides an overview of surfactants, including their functions and applications, at a more detailed level than the “An Introduction to Surfactants” course.

 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 attending previous courses includes:

 ‘The correct depth of information was supplied - very clear and concise’

 'Good starting point to surfactants’

‘It was good, well presented, thought out, etc’

‘The presentation and explanation meant the course was very easy to understand’

‘I found the content just right as it covered everything I personally work on. The tutor was excellent’

‘The delivery and knowledge of the speaker was excellent - involved people in a positive manner’

‘Very informative and relevant’

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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Introduction to fundamentals:


- What is a surfactant? (functional names, structures, major  categories)


- Micelle formation (what a micelle is, morphology, critical micelle concentration   (CMC), factors affecting CMC)


- Phase and phase diagrams (rheology, typical phase diagrams, basic  aggregate types)


- Solubilisation


- Precipitation (hardness tolerance)


- Wetting (contact angles)


- Adsorption at gas/liquid and solid/liquid interfaces (importance,  mechanisms)










- Foams and defoaming (what a foam is, why foams are important,  defoaming)


- Emulsions and microemulsions (importance, definitions, mechanisms,  role in detergency, demulsification)


- Dispersions (role in stabilisation, rheology, importance of  adsorption)


- Detergency (role of surfactant types)


- Examples of practical formulations





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Bredbury Hall Hotel
Osborne Street
SK6 2DH Stockport
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 from 10:00 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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