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Formulations, measurements and solutions for industry

Another successful Spring School - looking forward to 2016

The annual Spring School in Colloid Science was held in Bristol in May 2015. Run by Formumetrics Ltd and the University of Bristol, the aim of the well-renowned course is to provide a broad-based, detailed introduction to colloids and an overview of some recent theoretical developments and experimental advances. It also provides the opportunity to see a range of practical techniques and evaluate the capabilities, limitations and potential of the instruments demonstrated. The course also gives the delegates, from a variety of companies, the opportunity to interact with others working in the area of colloid science.













Spring School delegates at the instrument demonstrations (clockwise from top left): Adrian Hill from Malvern Instruments; Richard Schubert-Rowles from Kruss; Mike Tucker from Quantachrome; and James Holloway from Fullbrook Systems.

The Spring School in Colloid Science is the flagship colloid training course that has been run by the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol since the early 1970's. The course has evolved over the years; it was originally a weekend course, before running for many years as a five-day spring school, until it's recent transformation into a popular and concise three-day version. The three-day course combines traditional lecture sessions with more interactive sessions, such as case studies; small group problem solving; and practical demonstrations which all help to demonstrate how to apply the theory. Topics that are covered in the lectures include: surface charge, stability, surfactants, polymers, rheology, wetting and aerosols.

This years course was attended by scientists from a variety of industries ranging from automotive care, food technology, pharmaceutical, chemical manufacturer, personal care, agrochemicals and instrument manufacturers. Generally, the course attracts participants from around the globe and this years course was no different, attendees travelled from Europe, USA and Asia. This combination of participants from different industries and countries is exceptionally beneficial during the small group sessions where participants can learn about approaches and thought strategies used in other industries or countries to solve the same colloidal problem.

Feedback from this years attendees was very positive, 100% reported that the course was directly relevant to the work that they undertake.

Comments from attendees include:

“very detailed and condensed – an awful lot of information in a short time, so very efficient, but challenging!"

“Excellent course.  Relevant.  Interesting topics delivered in a good way by knowledgable lecturers”

I enjoyed the course and I am already getting a benefit from what I have learnt.”

“Overall very good, it’s tough to aim the content at such a broad audience”

“very informative and good to see the learnings applied”

“very useful to see the techniques in practise & what they can be used for”

“very useful to look at others  approach to problem solving”

Interested in attending Spring School 2016? Please contact us to register your interest.

Registered address: Laboratory address:
Formumetrics Ltd Formumetrics Ltd
S-Park One Laboratory W303
​Bristol and Bath Science Park School of Chemistry
Dirac Crescent University of Bristol
Emersons Green Cantocks Close
Bristol BS16 7FR   Bristol BS8 1TS
+44 (0) 117 370 7760  




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