Bernard Binks MSP_2940

Professor Bernard P. Binks

Professor of Physical Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering

01482 465450

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.


Research Interests

  • Adsorption and aggregation of surfactants in solution

  • Oil-water emulsions stabilised by solid particles

  • Crystallisation of surfactants in water and oil

  • Aqueous and non-aqueous foams stabilised by solid particles

  • Novel materials like dry water, dry oil and powdered emulsions

  • Particle-surfactant mixtures in bulk and at fluid interfaces

  • Corrosion inhibition of steel surfaces

Research groups

Collaborations with 12 research groups overseas including China, France, Switzerland, Israel, Australia and UK:

  • University Lille 1, France
  • Jiangnan University, China
  • Changchun CAS, China
  • Shanxi University, China
  • Solvay Shanghai, China
  • University of Hong Kong, China
  • Ariel University, Israel
  • Northwestern Polytechnical University Xi'an, China
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of Newcastle, Australia
  • ENS Paris, France
  • Zurich University, Switzerland

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with AAK.


'Particles as Surfactants - Similarities and Differences, B.P. Binks, Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, 7, 21-41 (2002).

'Pickering Emulsions Stabilised by Coloured Organic Pigment Particles, B.P. Binks and S.O. Olusanya,

Chemical Science, 8, 708-723 (2017).

'Design of Surface-Active Artificial Enzyme Particles to Stabilise Pickering Emulsions for High-Performance Biphasic Biocatalysis, Z. Chen, C. Zhao, E. Ju, H. Ji, J. Ren, B.P. Binks and X. Qu, Advanced Materials, 28, 1682-1688 (2016).

'Whipped Oil Stabilised by Surfactant Crystals', B.P. Binks, E.J. Garvey and J. Vieira, Chemical Science, 7, 2621-2632 (2016).

'Stabilisation of Pickering Emulsions with Oppositely Charged Latex Particles: Influence of Various Parameters and Particle Arrangement around Droplets', T. Nallamilli, B.P. Binks, E. Mani and M.G. Basavaraj,

Langmuir, 31, 11200-11208 (2015).

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Basic Kinetics

  • Surfactants in Formulation

  • Physical Chemistry of Polymers

  • Emulsion Science

  • Properties of Porous Solids

  • BSc Group projects

  • MChem projects

Research PhDs

I welcome applications from BSc or MChem graduates with either a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree and interest in physical chemistry/nanotechnology.

Completed PhDs 

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.

Teaching awards and accolades

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hull)

  • PhD (Hull)

  • C.Chem. FRSC, FHEA

External roles

Consultant to three major international companies at present.

External examiner for undergraduate chemistry degrees at the University of Leicester.

Senior Editor for the ACS journal Langmuir.

I have research collaborations with 12 external international partners at present.

Awards and accolades

2016 - chosen as the Langmuir Lecturer by the Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

2014 - Surfaces and Interfaces Award, Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

2011 - European Colloid and Interface Society-Rhodia Prize.

2009 - Andrew Main Lecturer Award, DB Robinson Distinguished Speaker Series, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada.

2004 - Colloid and Interface Science Group Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professional highlights

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.