Chemistry
School of Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Prof. Bernard P. Binks

BSc (Hull), PhD (Hull), CChem, FRSC, HEA

Bernard Binks

Professor of Physical Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

  • Profile
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Key publications

Profile

Bernie obtained a 1st Class B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Hull in 1983, followed by a Ph.D. degree in 1986 on low tension oil-water interfaces and microemulsions. He was then awarded a Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship which he took to the ENS, Paris working with Dominique Langevin and Jacques Meunier on light scattering and ellipsometry from liquid interfaces. After 3 further postdoctoral years at the University of Hull (insoluble monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett films), he took up the post of Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Hull in 1991. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer (1997), Reader (1999) and Professor of Physical Chemistry (2003).

Departmental responsibilities

  • Member of Full-time Undergraduate Student/Staff Committee
  • Member of Department Research Committee
  • Coordinator of Surfactant & Colloid Group

Awards

2016

  • Professor Binks has been chosen as a 2016 Langmuir Lecturer by the Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This will involve giving a plenary lecture at a special symposium during the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia during August 2016. He has also been invited to prepare a Feature Article for the ACS journal Langmuir based on the work being honoured by this lectureship.

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 & Interface Science Group Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Teaching

Lecture courses

  • 06513/06270 Basic Kinetics
  • 06514 Year 1 Problem-solving Workshops
  • 06525 Surfactants in Formulation
  • 06760 Physical Chemistry of Polymers
  • 06729 Emulsion Science
  • 06755 Properties of Porous Solids

Laboratory classes

  • 06513 Year 1 Physical Chemistry Lab
  • 06521 Year 2 Physical Chemistry Lab
  • 06770/2/6 Year 3 Physical Chemistry Lab.

Teaching interests

  • Physical chemistry
  • Colloids, Surfactants, Polymers  

Research

Research theme: Materials Chemistry
Research group: Surfactants and Colloids

My research is concerned with the behaviour of surfactants or particles at fluid or solid interfaces and in bulk. This includes micelles and microemulsion droplets in both aqueous and oil phases. The formation and stabilisation of foams (aqueous and non-aqueous) and emulsions (simple and multiple) is also studied in relation to the partitioning of surfactant between phases and the properties of the interfaces contained within.

A particular emphasis recently has been on mixtures of air or oil, water and colloidal particles, both at planar interfaces and in Pickering emulsions or Ramsden foams. Novel materials obtained by assembling particles at such interfaces include dry water, macroporous solids and powdered oil.

Techniques include surface tension measurement, optical and electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, light diffraction, zeta potential measurement, rheology, quartz crystal microbalance measurements, differential scanning calorimetry and ellipsometry. I currently collaborate with 6 international groups and receive much of my funding from industry.

Research interests

  • Adsorption and aggregation of surfactants
  • Emulsions and foams stabilized by solid particles
  • Structure, rigidity and wetting of surfactant monolayers

Key publications

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