Course Catalog

Dispersions in Liquids: Suspensions, Emulsions, and Foams

Help solve your colloidal, foam, and dispersion problems in this course designed for scientists and engineers engaged in research and development in the chemical, petroleum, coatings, food, electronics, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and ceramics industries. Topics covered will include surface and interfaces, surfactants, nanoparticle technology, interparticle forces and stability, laboratory techniques, emulsion technology, dispersion processing, foam technology, and polymer stabilization.

Registrants are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book “Colloidal Dispersions: Suspensions, Emulsions, and Foams” by Ian Morrison and Sydney Ross in addition to their registration as part of this course.

Course Details

Key Topics

  • Principles of colloid and interface science relevant to the formation and stability of dispersions in aqueous and nonaqueous media.
  • Surfactants – mechanisms, structure-property relations, selection guidelines.
  • Fundamental concepts and laboratory techniques to study the chemical and physical properties of interfaces.
  • Properties of emulsions and emulsifiers.
  • The basic principles governing foam formation, inhibition, and antifoaming.
  • Experimental methods to quantify particle size, charge, dispersion, stability, and rheological and electrokinetic properties.
  • Methods to stabilize and destabilize both aqueous and nonaqueous dispersions.

Information

Help solve your colloidal, foam, and dispersion problems in this course designed for scientists and engineers engaged in research and development in the chemical, petroleum, coatings, food, electronics, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and ceramics industries. Topics covered will include surface and interfaces, surfactants, nanoparticle technology, interparticle forces and stability, laboratory techniques, emulsion technology, dispersion processing, foam technology, and polymer stabilization.

Registrants are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book “Colloidal Dispersions: Suspensions, Emulsions, and Foams” by Ian Morrison and Sydney Ross in addition to their registration as part of this course.

Who Should Attend

Scientists and engineers engaged in research and development in the chemical, petroleum, coatings, food, electronics, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and ceramics industries.

Benefits

  • Consults with a seasoned expert about your R&D problems.
  • Gain a valuable understanding of relevant techniques.
  • Become proficient at relating observable dispersion properties to fundamental causes.
  • Develop an industrial approach to this subject by examining and discussing practical examples.
  • Take the opportunity to discuss with the instructors your own related problems.
  • Become familiar with the terminology of the field.
  • Be exposed to the latest techniques to produce and characterize dispersions, emulsions, nanoparticles.

Agenda

  • Surfactant Science and Technology – Adsorption at interfaces; common anionic, cationic and nonionic surfactants; solution properties of surfactants; source and selection of surfactants.
  • Spreading, wetting and adhesion – Basic principles of the nature and stability of interfaces; molecular models of interactions across interfaces; contact angles; Laplace pressures; Marangoni effects.
  • Laboratory Techniques – Particle size and charge measurements; acoustic techniques; adsorption from solution; rheology.
  • Suspension and Emulsion Stability – Dispersion-force attraction; steric stabilization; electrostatic repulsion; role of ionic strength and zeta potential; stability in nonaqueous media; electrosteric stabilization.
  • Foam Technology - Bubble formation and stability; physical properties of foams; mechanisms and antifoaming.
  • Emulsion Technology - Emulsifiers; HLB and PIT scales; physical properties of emulsions; phase inversion; comminution and attrition; commercial processing equipment.
  • Nanoparticle technology – nanoparticles at interfaces; common particle synthetic techniques; surface modification; applications and processing.

Course Locations

Date

December 2 - 3, 2014

Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of the course.

Course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

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Venue

Fairfield Inn & Suites and Conference Center
Houston Intercontinental Airport, 4025 Interwood N. Parkway
Houston, TX 77032

Main: (281) 227-3434
Fax: (281) 227-3535

Discounted Room Rate – $112 per night


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Advanced $1,495 (ends November 2, 2014) $1,695 (ends November 2, 2014)
Standard $1,895 $2,095

The course fee includes a course binder and a continental breakfast each day.

Five for Four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. Note: This discount is only available if you register by fax, mail or phone and mention this discount. This discount may not be combined with any other offer.

About the Instructor

  • Ian Morrison

    is a Lecturer at Harvard. Previously he was a Fellow at Cabot Corporation, Director of Ink Technology at E Ink Corporation, and a Principal Scientist at Xerox Corporation. He has 25 years experience in teaching short courses.