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Professor Julian Eastoe is a British chemist: he has held Academic positions continuously for 30 years, firstly at the University of Durham (1992-1993), and since 1993 in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. He was appointed to a Personal Chair at the University of Bristol in 2004. He has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia (1990). His research interests span colloid, surfactant and polymer chemistry and applications of neutron scattering.  He is currently Director of Postgraduate Admissions in the School of Chemistry.

Research Publications

He has published over 300 articles, and Scopus (www.scopus.com) shows >13,000 citations and an H-index of 62.

He has been identified as one of the five most prolific authors in the ACS journal Langmuir 2011-2016 (http://journalstars.acs.org/materials-science-engineering/journal/langmuir).

His recent papers on Magnetic and Ionic Liquid Surfactants received extensive media coverage, with an estimated reach of 1 billion people.

Editorships and Editorial boards

Since 2006 he has been a Co-Editor for the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (Impact Factor 8.1), which is one of the leading journals in the field. He has handled ~ 10,000 papers to date.

From 1997-2014 Eastoe served as an Editorial Board member of the American Chemical Society journal Langmuir.

From 2003-2005 he served as UK Editor for the journal Colloid and Polymer Science.

From 2017 he is an Editorial Advisory Board member for the journal Chinese Chemical Letters.

Awards and Indicators of Esteem

He was awarded the industry-sponsored 2015 ECIS-Solvay Prize from the European Society for Colloid and Interface Science “for original scientific work of outstanding quality … in the previous five years”.

He is winner of the 2007 Rideal Award from the UK Royal Society of Chemistry and Society for Chemical Industry for "distinction in colloid or interface science".

Eastoe is the permanent Chair of the International Colloids Conference series run by Elsevier, held in Amsterdam May 2011, July 2015, Berlin 2016, Barcelona (Sitges) 2017, Shanghai 2018, Barcelona (Sitges) 2019 and Lisbon (2022). He has developed and implements a gender-balanced policy for invited speakers.  (http://www.colloidsconference.com/).

He has given over 140 research talks, with recent Plenaries in Brazil, France, Australia and China.

He has given 65 viva voce PhD examinations.

He has served as an Expert Witness in a UK patent infringement trial at the High Court in London (2008-2009), and he has been a Nominated Expert for the European Medicines Agency (2009).

Research Group

Up to 2022 he has funded and supervised 44 PhD students in his group (19 female, and 15 from overseas). He has had 14 Post-doctoral researchers and received 29 international research visitors.

Grants and Industry

Since 1993 Professor Eastoe has received an unbroken string of grants from Industry with Kodak, Syngenta, Huntsman, Infineum, Merck, DSM, Croda, Fiberlean (Imerys), Omnova, Greater Glasgow Health Authority, Angus Fire, Ciba, Astra, Cabot, Glaxo, Disperse Technologies, Eli Lilly and Kruss. His PhD students and Post-docs have been employed by the following companies: STFC, GSK, P&G, Unilever, Imerys, Astra Zeneca, Lubrizol, Mars, Pharametricals, Thorn EMI, Nanomagnetics, Sun Chemical, Seagate and Crossfield.

He has acted a as consultant to BP, Unilever, Odeco Nalco, Presans, Huntsman Surface Science, Eli Lilly, Infineum, Astra Zeneca, Aveica, GSK, AEE Technologies and Enterprise Ireland.

As a previous Director (2012-2020) of the 4-Year MSci (Masters) undergraduate course “Chemistry with Industrial Experience he interacted closely with 30-40 companies per year.

He has been awarded grants from the G8 governments, EPSRC, US Department of Energy, Greater Glasgow Heath Authority, Infineum, Merck, DSM, Croda and major awards for beamtime at STFC facilities (ISIS and ILL, France).


He delivers a range of different Undergraduate lecture courses in general Physical Chemistry, specialist units in Colloid, Materials and Interface Science, laboratory practicals and final year research projects in Colloid Science.

Interactions with Chinese Scientists

For 27 years he has been engaging and working closely with Chinese Scientists.

Seven Visiting Scientists (PhDs, Post-docs and Academics) have come to his lab from China, funded by a variety of travel grants, including a Royal Society China fellowship to fund Dr. Aihua Zou.

He has made eight business trips to China, travelling extensively in the country between 2002 and 2018.

Professor Eastoe has published a unique bi—lingual Chinese/English Colloid Science textbook, based on these lecture courses:  “Surfactant Chemistry” Wuhan University Press, Wuhan China.  ISBN 7-307-04552-4. 183 pages in Chinese and English, 2005.

Since 1996 he has published 24 papers with Chinese co-authors.


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