As laid down in its constitution the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation of individuals who are actively interested in the field of colloid and interface science.

The objectives of the Association are
(a) to promote international cooperation among colloid and interface scientists, and
(b) to encourage advancement and understanding in the field of colloid and interface science.
The Association seeks to achieve these goals by sponsoring international conferences in colloid and interface science, by  encouraging regional activities and by providing relevant information to its members. It has been sponsoring the regularly arranged series of International Conferences on Surface and Colloid Science (ICSCS), now called the IACIS conferences.

After several decades in existence IACIS has proven to be a viable organisation, which has met the original objectives. It is essential that we enrol as many members as possible in order to better represent the worldwide community of professionals in research, development, and teaching in our discipline.

IACIS would like to develop as a world-wide umbrella organization. Until now this resulted in, e.g., a special relationship with the European Colloid and Interface Society.

IACIS Council

Standing Committee

Ordinary Members of Council 2018-2021

International Accociation Dr. Nicholas Abbott
Prof. Dr. Alidad Amirfazli
At York University (CA) Alidad Amirfazli studies wettability, adhesion, and physicochemical aspects of droplet surface interactions, e.g. droplet impact and droplet shedding. He is also interested in developing novel instrumentation related to surfacetensiometry as well as application of surface thermodynamics to areas such as icing, coating, and condensation. 
Prof. Dr. Russell Crawford 
At RMIT University (AU) Russel Crawford’s research is in the broad area of surface science, with his early work focussing on the surface chemistry of mineral flotation and the removal of heavy metals from aqueous environments. His more recent research investigates the ways in which biological organisms interact with solid substrate surfaces, particularly those used in the construction of medical implants, with a view to developing implant surfaces that resist or prevent bacterial attachment. 

Prof. Dr. Shigeru Deguchi
At the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JP) Shigeru Deguchi works on soft materials under extreme conditions, nanobiotechnology for prospecting deep-sea bioresource, and biotechnological/biomimetic applications of deep-sea organisms.
Prof. Dr. Nikolai Denkov
At the University of Sofia (BG) Nikolai Denkov is leading a research group on active formulations and materials. His studies aim to reveal the fundamental processes and the main factors that can be used to control the properties of surfactant, polymer and enzyme solutions, emulsions and foams, with numerous applications in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical technologies and in materials science.
Prof. Dr. Eric Furst
Research in the Furst Group, University of Delaware (US), focuses on the physics and chemistry underlying the behavior of colloidal, polymeric, biomolecular, and other “soft” materials with efforts that concentrate on investigations of structure, interactions, and material response through the development of novel experimental techniques, including optical tweezers, confocal microscopy, and passive and active microrheology.
Prof. Dr. Tatiana Gambaryan-Roisman
At the Technische Universität Darmstadt (DE) Tatiana Gambaryan-Roisman studies interfacial transport phenomena and complex wetting. Her interests include the nanoscale mechanisms of wetting, wetting coupled with phase change, stability of liquid films, drop evaporation, flow and heat and mass transport in porous layers. One of the aims is to find the methods for controlling the hydrodynamics and transport processes in near-wall multiphase flow.
Prof. Dr. Jasper van der Gucht
(The Netherlands)
Jasper van der Gucht is head of the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter at Wageningen University (NL). His research interests include the mechanical behaviour, rheology, and failure of polymer networks and colloidal gels and the complexation of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes.
Prof. Dr. Peter Kralchevsky  
(Bulgaria) (deceased)
In 2020 Peter Kralchevsky passed away. At the Sofia University (BG), Peter Kralchevsky was leading a research group on complex fluids. He studied interactions and transport phenomena in colloid and interface science. This includes particles at interfaces, capillarity and wetting; thin liquid films and surface forces; surfactant and protein adsorption; micellization and growth of giant micelles; solubilization; encapsulation; bulk and interfacial rheology; stability of foams, emulsions and suspensions with various applications.
Prof. Dr. Brian Vincent
At the University of Bristol (UK) Brian Vincent’s research interests include the role of polymeric additives in inter-particle forces and the synthesis, characterization, properties and applications of novel colloidal particles.
Prof. Dr. Remco Tuinier
(The Netherlands)
The main research topics of Remco Tuinier are the phase behaviour and self-assembly of colloid and/or polymer mixtures at Eindhoven University of Technology (NL), where he is heading the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry. 
International Accociation Dr. Thomas Zemb

Co-opted Members 2018-2021

Dr. Carla Giacomelli
At the Instituto de Investigaciones en Fisicoquímica de Córdoba, UNC-CONICET (AR), Carla Giacomelli works on designing new biomaterials to improve the communication at the interface with biological systems, from the synthesis, to the in vitro response of either solid substrates or nanoparticles.
Prof. Dr. Jingcheng Hao
(P.R. China)
At Shandong University (CN) Jingcheng Hao works on self-assembled structures of surfactants and/or polymers in solution and on interfaces to explore the assembly mechanism and related applications. 
Dr. Mieke Kleijn
(The Netherlands)
At Wageningen University (NL) Mieke Kleijn investigates physical properties of biomembranes and biofilms as a function of their composition, and encapsulation of proteins and other functional materials in complex coacervate micelles. 
Prof. Dr. Kazue Kurihara
At the Tohoku University (JP) Kazue Kurihara develops the surface forces measurement for materials science. Her research includes instrumentation, characterization of interfaces, soft complex matters and confined liquids, and application to tribology.
Prof. Dr. Jun-Bai Li
(P.R. China)
At the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CN). Junbai Li’s research interests include Molecular assemblies; reconstitution of motor proteins: ATP synthase F0F1, kinesin; assembly and disassembly of dipeptides; photophosphorylation; biointerfaces; bioinspired materials; molecular patterns; functionalized nanoparticles; nanotubes and nanocrystals.
Prof. Dr. Watson Loh
At the University of Campinas (BR), Watson Loh leads a group interested in colloid association involving surfactants, polymers and nanoparticles (for instance metallic NP´s and nanocelluloses). The group´s main interests include structural characterization (through techniques such as light or X-ray scattering and NMR diffusiometry), as well of the energetics involved in these interactions assessed via calorimetric measurements. Whenever possible, phase diagrams are sought as a means of understanding the different contributions to formation of these structures.

Chair of the IACIS Award Committee (attending the Council meetings)

International Accociation Prof. Dr. Björn Lindman