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Professor Julian Eastoe

Professor Julian Eastoe

Professor Julian Eastoe
BSc, PhD(EAnglia)

Professor of Chemistry

Office S314
Cantock's Close,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 928 9180


Key research contributions have been made to the area of neutron scattering and colloidal systems.

Eastoe has published over 240 research articles: work has featured in Angewantde Chemie, New Scientist and American Chemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry press releases. Recent work on mangentic surfactants attracted world-wide media coverage.

Magnetic Control over Liquid Surface Properties with Responsive Surfactants

Paul Brown, Alexey Bushmelev, Craig Butts, Jing Cheng, Julian Eastoe*, Isabelle Grillo, Richard K. Heenan, Annette Schmidt, Angewandte Chemie, 2012, anie.201108010 accepted 14-12-11.

Prof. Julian Eastoe has been a full faculty member of in the School of Chemistry since 1993. He was appointed to a Personal Chair in 2004. His track record demonstrates a high international reputation for research in colloids, surfactants and applications of neutron scattering. 

He is co-coordinator for the major course “Chemistry with a Year in Industry” (F105).

Eastoe is head of the Colloid Research Group at Bristol comprising 6 Faculty, around 35 PhDs, 10 Post-docs and 15 undergraduate researchers.

244 articles have been published: recent work has featured in Angewandte Chemie, as well as New Scientist and American Chemical Society, UK Government and Royal Society of Chemistry press releases. His work has received 5579 citations, averaging 23 per paper, yielding 41 for his H-index. Considering the number of authored papers Eastoe is ranked #6 most published author in Langmuir and #5 in the current staff of School of Chemistry. Eastoe’s publication output ranks #2 out of the all ISIS neutron scattering facility external users. His recent papers on Magnetic Surfactants (papers 219 and 225) have received extensive coverage on the on TV, radio, in the press and on the internet, with an estimated reach of 1 billion people.

Up to Jan 2013 over 130 research talks have been given, including recently at Gordon and ACS US National conferences.

Research grant income has been diversified, recently from the G8 governments, EPSRC, US Department of Energy, Greater Glasgow Heath Authority, Infineum, Merck, DSM and major awards for beamtime at STFC facilities (ISIS and ILL, France).

From August 2012 he has been appointed member of the Science Board for the UK Government Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

From July 2012 he has been appointed to the evaluation of the quality of research (VQR) by the Italian Research and University Evaluation Agency (ANVUR) and the Italian Ministry of Education.

Eastoe chaired a major new international conference “Colloids and Materials”, held in Amsterdam May 2011. He lined up high profile speakers, including Gabor Somorjai (UC Berkeley) and Eric Kaler (Stony Brook NY).

From June 2008-Feb 2009 he acted as an Expert Witness in the high court for a UK Patent contest case concerning Colloidal Pharmaceutical Formulations.

In July 2009 he was appointed as a Nominated Expert to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), in the field of Colloid and Interface Science. This involved advising on EU-wide policies with regard to bio-equivalence of drug formulations. 

Key research contributions have been made to the area of neutron scattering and colloidal systems.

He played a major role in securing new instrumentation (£3-4M) at the new Target Station II project (£150M) ISIS facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories.  This represents a significant investment in a world-leading instrument, which is central to his research field.

He has served on both the major international neutron beam time allocation committees, at Institute Laue Langevin, Grenoble (1998-2001) and ISIS at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories UK (2002-2005).

In 2005 he was commissioned by CCLRC to report on “The potential of neutron scattering to enhance research training in the UK”.  This has contributed towards a major bid for a new generation neutron scattering centre in UK, and was submitted to the UK Minister for Science and Innovation.

In Oct. 2002 he was made Visiting Professor in surfactant science at the China Research Institute for Daily Chemical Industry (RIDCI) Taiyuan China, in Dec 2003 at the University of Wuhan and also Zhengzhou Institute for Chemistry in China.  A unique bi—lingual Colloid Science textbook, based on these lecture courses, was published in China at the end of 2005.  “Surfactant chemistry” Wuhan University Press, Wuhan China.  ISBN 7-307-04552-4. 183 pages in Chinese and English.

He is a Co-Editor for the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, which is one of the leading journals in the field (he has handled >2800 papers to date). Eastoe has served as an Editorial board member of the American Chemical Society journal Langmuir, since 1997 and has served as UK Editor for Colloid and Polymer Science.

Up to Jan 2013 he has supervised 39 PhD students, of these 16 have been female, and 14 have been recruited from overseas, and a variety of ethnic backgrounds. He has had 12 Post-doctoral researchers and received 27 international research visitors.  He has given 55 viva voce PhD examinations (external 29, internal 26).

Worldwide, links have been established, via publications and/or travel grants with groups in Pittsburgh, Austin Texas, MIT, University of Pittsburgh, Götenbourg Sweden, Nagoya Japan, Nice, Strasbourg and Avignon France, Rome, Cork Ireland and Köln Germany.  Visitors have come to work in the group from Mexico, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, USA, Kuwait, India, China, Sweden, Japan, Germany and France.

In 2000 the Irish Government agency Enterprise Ireland hired him to assess the first four-year phase of the Irish Centre for Colloids and Biomaterials in Dublin and Belfast.

In 2003 he was awarded a visiting Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

From 2008 he has established in Bristol a new research facility as a result of long-standing collaborations with Kruss GmbH, a German manufacturer of instrumentation for surface science analysis. This provides free at the point of use access to state-of-the art equipment, as well as training to researchers in the University.

He has been External Examiner in Physical Chemistry for undergraduate programs at the University of Hull UK (2005-2008) and University College Cork Ireland (2008-2010). He has been external examiner for overseas PhDs in Nice and Bordeaux (France), Melbourne, Monash and Newcastle (Australia), Calicut (India) and Lund (Sweden). 


Professor Julian Eastoe has been a full faculty member of in the School of Chemistry in the University of Bristol UK since 1993. 

He was appointed to a Personal Chair in 2004. 

Eastoe is a Co-Editor for the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, which is one of the leading journals in the field.

Eastoe is Co-chair of the 4th International Colloids Conference


  • surfactants
  • neutron scattering
  • colloidal systems



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