International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Helen Dutton Ideas Activities
  • Dr, The University of Manchester
    Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
  • Email
    Tel 01613062684
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    The University of Manchester
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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I am engineer by training and I completed my MEng in Chemical Engineering from UMIST in 2003. In 2007 I obtained my PhD in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester with Professor Gordon Tiddy working on the The Behaviour of Surfactant Lamellar and Gel Phases Under Flow. I have subsequently worked as a research associate on a number of interdisciplinary projects which involve collaborations with both academic and industrial institutions. I have studied, both experimentally and through molecular simulations, the addition of nanoporous material to surfactant liquid crystals, and also gained experience in microbiology and process engineering for continuous fermentation processes. My expertise is in colloidal chemistry, specifically formulated products, and I am currently the Project Manager for the InForm Project (Integrating Nanomaterials in Formulations) which is funded through Framework Programme 7 (FP7). InForm is a partnership between 17 world-leading institutions which bring together formulation scientists from Europe, USA and Asia-Pacific involved in the formulation of nanomaterials. InForm hosted its first conference, NanoFormulation2010 in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2010. NanoFormulation2011 will be held in Singapore from 26 June - 1 July 2011 and thus sits at the heart of the International Year of Chemistry. This five day meeting will include three days of presentations, including noble prize winners, a training day focussed on nanomaterial characterisation and a trade visit to Jurong Island to showcase research within the industrial sector. Structured networking activities on the Singapore Flyer and 1:1 meetings with delegates and speakers will encourage collaborations between industry, academia and the different world regions. I recently attended the opening ceremony of IYC2011, alongside InForm partners, where I was inspired by the vision to celebrate and promote creative chemistry. I am also the secretary for the Formulation Science and Technology Group of the RSC. The FSTG is the leading scientific organisation dedicated to product formulation which works for the benefit of its members and to further the awareness of formulation science across multi-disciplinary scientific sector.