The ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium is a long-running national meeting that started in 1923 even before the creation of the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (COLL) in 1926. This unique summer meeting, now sponsored by COLL, brings together interdisciplinary researchers in academia, government and industry with a common interest in key topical areas including colloidal and nanoparticles and complex fluids, interfacial physics and chemistry, soft-matter science and environmental science.

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636. Harvard has been an active international center for work in various aspects of colloid and surface science, both traditional and modern, and is pleased to host the 90th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.

The Harvard symposium will highlight advances in colloid and surface science and its intersections with diverse scientific and technological domains through 13 thematic technical symposia, a general papers session and a poster session. The symposium will feature two plenary lectures, by Prof. Françoise Brochard-Wyart from Institut Curie, Paris, France and Prof. Eugenia Kumacheva from University of Toronto, Canada.  There will be a plenary lecture by the winner of the Unilever Award given in recognition of fundamental work in colloid or surfactant science carried out in North America by researchers in the early stages of their careers. There will also be a plenary lecture by the winner of the Victor K. LaMer Award given for the outstanding Ph.D. thesis accepted by a US or Canadian university during the three year period prior to the award year.  LaMer Award finalists will also present LaMer Keynote lectures within multiple technical symposia. There will also be an instrument exhibition highlighting advances in instrumental techniques in colloid and surface science. 

Student focused activities are an important part of this meeting.  The 90th CSSS will feature awards for best graduate student oral presentations, sponsored by the ACS journal Langmuir and the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry. These awards aim to recognize excellence in research as manifested in oral presentations.  A panel of judges will be selecting ten graduate student presenters for the special symposium “Langmuir Graduate Student Awards Session”.  Student posters will also be eligible for best poster award sponsored by the ACS journal Langmuir.

There will be social events including welcoming reception, poster session reception and the symposium banquet. Attendance will be approximately 600 or more researchers, nearly half of them students and postdocs and there will be a significant presence of researchers from outside the U.S.

The pdf Program Book can be downloaded

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