Surface Chemistry of Surfactants and Polymers
24-28 October 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal

Course Description

This five-day intensive course provides a comprehensive overview of the chemistry related to the behavior of surfactants and polymers in solution and at interfaces. All important aspects of surfactants and water soluble polymers, as well as combinations of the two, are covered during the course. Examples of topics are environmental and health aspects of surfactants, surfactant self-assembly, surfactant and polymer adsorption, mixed surfactant systems and surfactant-polymer systems in solution and at interfaces, polymers in solution, wetting, surface and interfacial tension, rheology, micro-emulsions, emulsions and foams, solid dispersions, colloidal stability, and the use of surfactants as templates for nanomaterials.

Surfactants and polymers are used in a wide range of application areas, including detergents, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, and coatings. The surface and colloid chemistry that is taught and discussed on the course is to a large extent generic and applicable to many of the aspects of formulation science and technology in these areas. Reference to practical uses of surfactants and water soluble polymers will be made in the lectures. There will also be scheduled time for group discussions.

The course is of interest to scientists, engineers and project managers working in the above-mentioned, or related, areas. The applicants are required to have general academic qualifications in chemistry, but no particular formal education in surface chemistry is required. All lectures and notes will be in English.
The book, Surface Chemistry of Surfactants and Polymers, is included in the course fee.

This course is being offered for the 25th consecutive time and it has been updated continuously. In previous years the course has attracted participants from almost every European country, as well as from the USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, China and South Korea.

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