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ACIS Newsletter – Issue 27, December 2021



Dear Esteemed Members,

Welcome to our 27th issue of ACIS News! We produce a quarterly newsletter - sent around in February, May, August, and November (approximately) - to keep the wonderful members of ACIS informed of our initiatives and for members to directly communicate with our Society. We publish job announcements, meetings of interests to our society, career development opportunities, any exciting research that you would like to share with us and much more. To everyone up to date with the on-goings in our colloids society, please send your suggestions and items for the next newsletter to or Stuart Brown at


President’s Corner

Wow, clearly our ACIS members are missing meeting in person at our regular conferences. Over 100 abstracts submitted for the 33ACSSSC to be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide from 31 January – 2 February 2022. A fantastic show of support for Marta and her team. Please be reminded to register as soon as possible and to reserve your accommodation. Read on for a more detailed update.

You will also find an update on IACIS2022 and on a number of award deadlines coming up. Please consider nominating a colleague or student for these awards – winning an award, or even being nominated are a great addition to someone’s CV in a time of great uncertainty in the skilled job market.

Finally, the call for nominations for Director positions on the Board is open for 2022-2024. We have one Director rotating off the Board at the next AGM so there is an opportunity for another member to get involved. If we receive more than one nomination, there will be an election online prior to the AGM so that the new Director can be announced at the AGM. The AGM is being held at 33ACSSSC at Mawson Lakes campus of UniSA on Monday 31st January 2022. In person and online attendance will be possible for members. For nomination you must be a financial member, and be nominated by two financial members of ACIS, using the form found here, and sent to the Secretary via Nominations will close on Friday 14th January.


Erica Wanless (President)



33rd Australian Colloid and Surface Science Student Conference

ACIS is pleased to announce that the 33rd Australian Colloid and Surface Science Student Conference will be held at Mawson Lakes Campus of University of South Australia on Monday 31st January to Wednesday 2nd February 2022. This edition of the student conference will be a hybrid model with both in person and online attendees welcome. Registrations are currently open and we encourage all students, ECRs and staff to register for THE event of the season. The conference organisers would appreciate early registration, if possible, to help with planning and venue booking.

For all details, please visit the conference website:

Key Dates:

Registrations close: Monday 10th January 2022

Conference dates: Monday 31st January to Wednesday 2nd February 2022



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IACIS Brisbane 2022

Early-bird registration and abstract submission are open for IACIS 2022, June 26-29 in Brisbane, and the anticipation is building as we look forward to this excellent opportunity to network with colleagues working in this important area of science from across Australia and the world. Abstract submission closes on the 25th of January 2022 and early-bird registration on the 28th of March 2022. The scientific themes for IACIS 2022 are:

 In breaking news, planning is underway for a one-day satellite workshop on Characterization of Colloids and Interfaces, to be held at The University of Queensland on 30th June, immediately following the conference. More information will be available soon, so plan to spend an extra day in Brisbane for this hands-on event.

All the details are available at


The Solution is Salty

University of Newcastle (UON) and Australian National University (ANU) researchers have demonstrated that electrostatics explain many (Hofmeister) effects in salty water and other salty liquids. A charge density parameter quantifies this for properties such as solution viscosity and viral activity. This fundamental research provides insight into “the rules of the game” that are important for the functioning of our nervous system and battery performance.

‘The electrostatic origins of specific ion effects: quantifying the Hofmeister series for anions’ contributions from UON and ANU published in Chemical Science (DOI: 10.1039/D1SC03568A) with highlights published in Chemistry World (

If you would like to know more, feel free to contact Kasimir Gregory

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Social Media Policy

The ACIS board members have prepared a 'Use of Social Media’ Policy. It has been placed on our website and is available for viewing here.

You can follow us on Twitter to get all the latest updates of the Society (@AusColloids)



ACIS Awards Open for Submissions

Applications are now open for two ACIS awards: the ACIS Best Thesis Prize, awarded to the most outstanding Colloid and Interface Science PhD thesis in Australia and New Zealand (over the previous 13 months), and the ACIS Lectureship, awarded to an outstanding, recently appointed, colloid and interface research scientist (appointed to their first academic, government or industrial position within the last 5 years). For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please follow the links below to the information available on the ACIS website.

ACIS Best Thesis Prize:

ACIS Lectureship:


IACIS Emerging Investigator Awards

IACIS is pleased to announce the inaugural IACIS Emerging Investigator Awards to be presented at IACIS2022 in Brisbane. Three awards valued at $A3000 (with accompanying certificate) will be presented for outstanding fundamental or applied research in any area of colloid and interface science. Winners will be selected from finalists who will present invited talks on their research at IACIS2022.

IACIS thanks the KAO Corporation for their generous support of these awards.

Nominees who are within 6 years of having received their Ph.D. will be eligible for these Awards. Nominees outside this time frame due to career interruptions or other circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Details of the nomination and selection process are now available on the IACIS2022 web site: Nominations should be sent to the IACIS2022 Scientific Program Chair ( by Tuesday, 25 January 2022.



Join our Awards, Communications, Conferences and Events Committees

ACIS needs its members to be actively engaged. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in the committees that will run the activities of the Society: Awards; Communications; Conferences and Events. Or if you would like to propose other activities we should be running. We especially invite students and early-career researchers to become involved. Please email your interest to

Visiting Scientist Register

Are you planning to host a visit by an outstanding scientist in the colloid and interface field? Why not let ACIS members know about the visit? We aim to keep track of visiting scientists, to facilitate their introduction to the Australasian scientific community. Please email details of the visit to

ACIS Membership

Please encourage your colleagues, students and industrial partners working in the field of colloids and interface to join us. General membership is $100 per annum. The membership year is from 1st March each year. Memberships paid after this date are valid until 28th February of the following year. More information is available on our website


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ACIS is now present on LinkedIn. Please join our LinkedIn group and post discussion items on job ads, conference calls, and interesting facts about the wonderful world of colloid and surface science.


Or Tag your Friends and Colleagues

Share your next big breakthrough, job opportunity or beautiful science with the ACIS community by using @AusColloids.



The Newsletter team signing off,


Christine Browne –


Stuart Brown –