Advances in Cosmetic Formulation Design

An ECI Conference

July 22-25, 2018
Washington Duke Inn
Durham, North Carolina, USA

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About This Conference

Cosmetic formulation design is a multidisciplinary and challenging area of focus for the cosmetic industry. It involves not only the incorporation of scientific understanding from colloidal science and complex fluids to generate products with good stability profiles and effective active delivery but also needs to take into account and engineer-in the correct rheological, tribological and surface/interfacial properties to ensure delightful sensory responses.

Current challenges in creating truly differentiated products in a highly competitive landscape and the new social and regulatory pressures to move towards greener and more sustainable solutions have created new advances in cosmetic formulation design incorporating both academic and industrial research advances in green chemistry, biosurfactants, advanced characterization etc.  This conference for the first time will bring together leading industrial and academic research groups working in this area to highlight some of these key advances.  The conference will be global in nature and will allow effective networking amongst industrial and academic scientists to further promote collaboration to further advance this highly applied research area.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Green & Novel Biosurfactants & Biopolymers for Cosmetics
  • Rheology, Tribology & Sensory Linkages in Cosmetic Applications
  • Enhanced Deposition & Complex Coacervation
  • Stimuli Responsive or Smart Complex Fluids & Gels
  • Advances in Characterization
  • Hair Applications
  • Skin Applications
  • Make-Up Applications
  • Microparticles, Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Formulations: Safety, Regulatory & Environmental Issues

Meeting will cover:

  • Theory & Modeling
  • Synthesis,formulation & manufacture
  • Characterization & Novel Experimental Techniques-microstructure, interactions, rheology

Confirmed Invited Speakers (partial list)

Sven Behrens, Georgia Tech, USA
Bharat Bhushan, Ohio State University, USA
Jasna Brujic, New York University, USA
Krishnan Chari, Lubrizol, USA
Paul Clegg, University of Edinburgh, UK
Anne Dussaud, Momentive, USA
Sharon Gerecht, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Matthew Helgeson, UCSB, USA
Lulu Henson, IFF, USA
Niels Holten-Andersen, MIT, USA
Daeyeon Lee, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Robert Lochhead, University of Southern Mississippi, USA
Prithwiraj Maitra, Johnson and Johnson, USA
Jordan Petkov, Lonza, United Kingdom
Wilson Poon, University of Edinburgh, UK
Andrei Potanin, Colgate Palmolive, USA
Srini Raghavan, University of Maryland, USA
Michael Rubinstein, Duke University, USA
Ramon G. Rubio, Universidad Complutense, Spain
Prabhjyot Singh, Clariant, USA
Patrick Spicer, UNSW, Australia
Kathleen Stebe, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Stefan Ulvenlund. Enza Biotech, Sweden
Martin Vethamuthu,  Ashland, USA

Conference Organization


Dr. Samiul Amin, Manhattan College
Prof. P. (Som) Somasundaran, Columbia University

Organizing Committee:

Kavssery Ananthapadmanabhan, University of Cinncinnati, USA
Joseph Carneli, Unilever R&D, USA
Saad Khan, North Carolina State University, USA
Prithwiraj MaitraJohnson and Johnson, USA
Jordan Petkov, Lonza, United Kingdom
Colleen Rocafort, BASF, USA
Prabhjyot Singh, Clariant, USA
Orlin Velev, North Carolina State University, USA
Krassimir Velikov, Unilever R&D, Netherlands

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate if the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                     April 20, 2018
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:                April 31, 2018

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the templatedocx or doc.

Major Sponsors

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Conference Venue

Durham, North Carolina–Situated on the campus of Duke University, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is convenient to all points in the Research Triangle area and downtown Durham.

The term “Triangle” was first coined to refer to an area anchored by three major universities: Duke University in Durham (and later North Carolina Central University), the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The three joined in the 1950’s to help create Research Triangle Park, centered in southeast Durham. Today, the term is used to refer to a five-county metropolitan statistic area or census laborshed, or a 3,000 square mile, six-county, 26-community planning region.

Durham is most well known for being the home of Duke University, and its many attractions including the Nasher  Museum of Art, sports events, and the Duke Lemur Center, which hosts the largest collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar. The Durham Performing Arts Center puts on a number of performances throughout the year including Broadway shows. The Museum of Life and Science contains a number of interactive science-related exhibits.

At the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Duke University’s West Campus one can discover exotic blooms as well as local beauties growing side by side. Just beyond the gardens, you’ll find the beautiful Duke Chapel. Duke’s West Campus is also home to the magnificent Nasher Museum of Art whose galleries feature many local artists as well as exhibits on national tours.

North Carolina wine can be tasted at a local vineyard, Rock of Ages Winery. For a different tasting experience, visit the Ponysaurus Brewery in downtown Durham. Sample their Belgian and American style brews and request a tour of the brewery.

For baseball fans the minor-league  Durham Bulls play at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The baseball stadium is surrounded by the restored warehouses of the American Tobacco Campus.

Durham also boasts many wonderful restaurants thanks to a thriving colony of imaginative chefs. The town has been ranked as the “Foodiest Small Town in America.” Nearly 40 Durham restaurants and chefs have earned reputations in high profile media sources such as Bon Appétit, Gourmet, The New York Times, and Food & Wine.                      Dining in Durham

For further information about the area, please visit the following links:

Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau

Top attractions in Durham (a pdf file)                                     Durham Wikipedia page


The Washington Duke Inn is just 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

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Preliminary Program

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General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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