Advances in Cosmetic Formulation Design

An ECI Conference

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

Final Program and Poster List

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Poster size:  1.2 m x 1.2 m (4 ft x 4 ft)

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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:                     Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:                Closed

Poster size:  1.2 m x 1.2 m (4 ft x 4 ft)

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

Major Sponsors

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Sponsor Levels

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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).

Driving Directions              Ground Transportation including taxis, shuttles  and private cars.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, nights), all meals drinks, and taxes from dinner on Sunday through lunch on Wednesday. The hotel will bill Incidental fees (faxes, laundry, etc.) to your personal account.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before June 22, 2018 Register after 

June 22, 2018

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional**) US $1,999.00 US $2,199.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,720.00 US $1,920.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,299.00 US $1,499.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (A guest badge will be issued and this fee Includes all conference meals and the excursion.) US $550.00 US $550.00
Guests may opt for bed and breakfast only; however, there are no partial meal packages and no badges will be issued.  Contact Kathy Chan.

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not certain if you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we do not have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were located. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email Kathy Chan (

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before July 22) or to stay after the conference (night of July 25, 26 or 27), you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel.

All participants are encouraged to register before June 22, 2018.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

 Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (

Final Program/Posters

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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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