Professor Binks' research is primarily concerned with materials chemistry. He is a physical chemist with research interests in surfactants, foams, emulsions and colloidal particles at interfaces.
He was the Director of the Surfactant and Colloid Group for 15 years, a leading UK research group in surface and colloid chemistry.
A large proportion of Professor Binks' research funding comes from industry as his work is on the fundamental science underpinning the behaviour of many important formulations (food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, paint).
Professor Binks has also recently overseen a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University and leading edible oils manufacturer AAK.
Pioneered a new area of interface science, that of the behaviour of small solid particles at fluid-fluid interfaces. This is very relevant to e.g. crude oil emulsions, aerated foods and the process of froth flotation.The interfaces include oil-water, air-water, oil-oil, air-oil and water-water.
In addition to investigating the basic science, we have been preparing novel materials involving fluid interfaces ranging from dry water to dry oil to powdered emulsions to multiple emulsions.
Invited by Langmuir to write a feature article of the area which will be published in July 2017.
Pickering emulsion-enhanced interfacial biocatalysis: tailored alginate microparticles act as particulate emulsifier and enzyme carrier
Yang, X., Wang, Y., Bai, R., Ma, H., Wang, W., Sun, H., …Meng, T. (2019). Pickering emulsion-enhanced interfacial biocatalysis: tailored alginate microparticles act as particulate emulsifier and enzyme carrier. Green chemistry : an international journal and green chemistry resource : GC, 21, 2229-2233. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8GC03573C
Adsorption and crystallization of particles at the air–water interface induced by minute amounts of surfactant
Anyfantakis, M., Vialetto, J., Best, A., Auernhammer, G. K., Butt, H., Binks, B. P., & Baigl, D. (2018). Adsorption and crystallization of particles at the air–water interface induced by minute amounts of surfactant. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 34(50), 15526-15536. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b03233
Quantifying surface properties of silica particles by combining Hansen Parameters and Reichardt's Dye indicator data
Stauch, C., Süß, S., Luxenhofer, R., Binks, B. P., Segets, D., & Mandel, K. (2018). Quantifying surface properties of silica particles by combining Hansen Parameters and Reichardt's Dye indicator data. Particle and Particle Systems Characterization, 35(12), https://doi.org/10.1002/ppsc.201800328
Biphasic Biocatalysis using a CO2-Switchable Pickering Emulsion
Yu, S., Zhang, D., Jiang, J., Cui, Z., Xia, W., Binks, B., & Yang, H. (2019). Biphasic Biocatalysis using a CO2-Switchable Pickering Emulsion. Green chemistry : an international journal and green chemistry resource : GC, https://doi.org/10.1039/c8gc03879a
I welcome applications from BSc or MChem graduates with either a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree and interest in physical chemistry/nanotechnology.
I. Marinopoulos, 2016, Photochemical and Evaporation Behaviour of Sunscreen Formulations.
S.A. Darragh, 2015, Encapsulation of Fluids by Solid Particles.
A.T. Tyowua, 2014, Solid Particles at Fluid Interfaces: Emulsions, Liquid Marbles, Dry Oil Powders and Oil Foams.
S. Mashinchi, 2014, Aqueous Foams and Aerated Oil-in-Water Emulsions Partly Stabilised by Edible Particles.
Current PhD supervisors
K. Scarth, Novel Corrosion Inhibitors of Steel Surfaces.
A.M. Bago Rodriguez, Stabilisation of Emulsion by Polyelectrolyte Complexes.
S.O. Olusanya, Oil-Water Emulsions Stabilised Solely by Organic Pigment Particles.
C. Holmes, Wax Inhibition in Oil by Polymer Addition.
H. Shi, Aqueous Foams Stabilised by Surfactant Crystals.
R. Zheng, Influence of Salt Type on the Adsorption of Hydrophilic Particles to Oil-Water Interfaces.E.S. Park, Catalytic Behaviour of Emulsions Stabilised by Macroparticles involving Palladium.
D.J. Turner, Performance of Emulsions Stabilised by Brucite Particles (MSc).
Y. Liu, Oil Foams.