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Professor Julian Eastoe

Professor Julian Eastoe - 2016

Summary of education and career

1990                                 PhD - University of East Anglia – Influence of Pressure on Microemulsions

1986                                 BSc II(i) Chemistry, University of East Anglia.

Current appointment

Personal Chair in Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol since 1 Aug 2004.

From August 2012, Director of “Chemistry with a Year in Industry” undergraduate degree program.

Previous appointments

01.8.98–31.7.04                Reader in Physical Chemistry, University of Bristol.

01.4.93-31.7.98                 Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

01.9.92-31.3.93                 Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Durham.

01.6.91-30.9.92                 Physicist, Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), Grenoble, France.

01.4.90-01.6.91                 Senior Research Associate, School of Chemical Sciences, UEA.

Highlighted publications (statistics from Scopus 08-01-16)

1. Micellisation of hydrocarbon surfactants in supercritical carbon dioxide J.Eastoe*, A.Paul, S.Nave, D.Steytler, E.Rumsey, M.Thorpe, B.H.Robinson, R.K.Heenan, J.Am.Chem.Soc. Comm., 2001, 123, 988-989. (131 citations).

2. Designed CO2-philes stabilize water-in-carbon dioxide microemulsions J. Eastoe*, S. Gold, S.Rogers, P. Wyatt, D. C. Steytler, A.Gurgel, R.K. Heenan, X. Fan, E.J. Beckman, R.M. Enick, Angewandte Chemie, 2006, 45, 3675-3677. (75 citations)

3. Surfactants at the design limit A. Czajka, G. Hazell, J. Eastoe*, Langmuir, 2015, 31, 8205–8217.

Cover article, and my 100th Langmuir article.

4. Ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsions J. Eastoe*, S. Gold, S.E. Rogers, A. Paul, T. Welton, R.K. Heenan and I. Grillo, J.Am.Chem.Soc, 2005, 217, 7302-7303.  (268 citations)

5. Magnetic control over liquid surface properties with responsive surfactants J. Eastoe*, P. Brown, A. Bushmelev, C. Butts, J. Cheng, I. Grillo, R. K. Heenan, A. Schmidt, Angewandte Chemie, 2012, 51, 2414-2416.  (46 citations)

Total number of publications from Scopus (02-02-16) 261, >7770 citations, H = 47. Total published articles = 283. Annual citation rate increasing year on year: e.g. 505 (in 2010), 830 (2014).


Invited talks >140 research talks. Recent highlights include:

1. ECIS-Solvay Award, 29th European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS) meeting, Bordeaux, Sept. 2015.

2. Plenary, 15th National Chinese Colloid and Interface Conference, Wuhan, July 2015.

3. Plenary, 7th Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium, Tasmania, Feb. 2015.

4. Plenary, Colloids 2014, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, July 2014.

Indicators of esteem

Winner of the 2007 SCI Rideal Medal for "distinction in colloid or interface science".

Awarded the 2015 ECIS-Solvay medal “for original scientific work of outstanding quality… in the previous five years 6. Each conference includes 50 invited talks ~ 300 posters and ~ 380 attendees.

Since 2006: Co-Editor for the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (editing > 4200 papers). From 1997-2014 Editorial board member for Langmuir, and UK Editor for Colloid and Polymer Science (Springer, 2003-5).

Supervisor for 41 PhD students (17 female, 14 from overseas and diverse backgrounds), 13 PDRAs and 29 international visitors.  Fourteen previous group members are now in academic positions, seven of these are female.  Conducted 59 viva voce PhD examinations (external 32, internal 27).

June 2008-Feb 2009: Appointed as an Expert Witness in a UK patent trial at the High Court

2009: Nominated Expert for the European Medicines Agency.

Professor Eastoe is a supervisor in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis


Professor Julian EASTOE – 2016

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

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

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

Over 280 research articles and book contributions 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 research papers have received over 7700 citations, averaging 29 per paper, yielding 47 for his H-index (02-02-16). Eastoe is ranked #5 most published author in the ACS journal Langmuir, and #4 in the current staff of School of Chemistry. 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.

140 research talks have been given, with recent Plenaries at international conferences in France, UK, Australia and China.

Research grant income has been diversified, recently 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).

Between 2012-2013 was 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 and in 2016 by the Irish Research Council.

Eastoe is the permanent Chair of the major International Colloids Conference series run by Elsevier, held in Amsterdam May 2011, July 2015 and Berlin 2016. He was Co-chair the 4th in this series “Sur face Design and Engineering”, Madrid June 2014. 

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 and in Dec 2003 at the University of Wuhan.  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 >4200 papers to date). From 1997-2014 Eastoe served as an Editorial board member of the American Chemical Society journal Langmuir, and he has served as UK Editor for Colloid and Polymer Science.

Up to Jan 2016 he has supervised 41 PhD students, of these 17 have been female, and 14 have been recruited from overseas, and a variety of ethnic backgrounds. He has had 13 Post-doctoral researchers and received 29 international research visitors.  He has given 59 viva voce PhD examinations (external 32, internal 27).

Worldwide, links have been established, via publications and/or travel grants with groups in Pittsburgh, Austin, MIT, Götenbourg, Hirosaki, Nagoya, Nice, Strasbourg and Avignon, Rome, Cork and Köln.  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).

Research keywords

  • surfactants
  • neutron scattering
  • colloidal systems