Colloid and Surface Science Symposium Set

UC Riverside will host the 87th American Chemical Society (ACS) symposium from June 24 to 26

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Scientists from 16 countries will converge at UC Riverside from June 24 to 26 for the 87th American Chemical Society (ACS) Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.

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Sharon Walker, an associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering

The conference is co-chaired by two UC Riverside professors: Sharon Walker, an associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering, and Francisco Zaera, a professor of chemistry in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

This symposium is an annual forum for communicating new insights into colloidal and surface science with particular emphasis this year on advances in environmental, biological, medical, and material applications. Surface science is the study of physical and chemical phenomena that occur at the interface of two phases. A colloid is a substance microscopically dispersed throughout another substance.

The symposium has 364 abstract submissions, accounting for 280 oral presentations and 84 poster presentations. It has been organized into 12 sessions and a poster session that cover the fundamental areas of colloid and surface science.

headshot of Francisco Zaera

Francisco Zaera, a distinguished professor of chemistry

Nearly every session involves organizers with UC Riverside affiliations, including faculty from bioengineering, chemical and environmental engineering, materials Science and engineering, chemistry, physics, and the School of Medicine.

The symposium will feature two keynote speakers: Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, a UC Riverside alumnus, a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine and renown in the field of atmospheric chemistry; and Joanna Aizenberg, a professor of materials science, chemistry and chemical biology and the director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard University. She is a leader in the field of biomimetics and bioinspired materials.

This is the first time this symposium has been held on the west coast since 1994 and only the third time in the symposium’s 87-year history. In recent years, it has been held at universities including Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Yale.

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