Advances in Cosmetic Formulation Design II

An ECI Series

July 10-13, 2022

Due to the global pandemic we have re-scheduled the Advances in Cosmetic Formulation Design II Conference to Summer 2022. To keep the community up to date, this webinar with focus on an emerging area of high interest to the community – the utilization of automation, AI and Machine learning for fast and smart formulation development.

The cosmetic and consumer goods Industry is a highly competitive industrial sector where fast and smart formulation development is key to getting differentiated products to market quickly. Additionally, the consumer driver for sustainable and clean cosmetic and consumer products has required a large scale re-formulation effort to develop novel sustainable formulations. In order to meet these new challenges, there has been significant effort to incorporate automation, AI and machine learning in the consumer and cosmetic industry. This web conference will feature key speakers from the major cosmetic and consumer goods companies to highlight the efforts in this area and also will feature speakers from leading start-ups working in AI and machine learning to highlight the various tools available for fast formulation development and optimization.

Abstract Submission
(Coming Soon)

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 among industrial and academic scientists to further promote collaboration to further advance this highly applied research area. 

The conference will cover:
– Theory and modeling 
– Synthesis, formulation and manufacture
– Characterization and novel experimental techniques-microstructure, interactions, rheology

Specific topics that will be covered include:

– Green and novel biosurfactants & biopolymers for cosmetics
– Microbiome and formulation implications
– Stimuli responsive or smart complex fluids and gels 
– Rheology, tribology and sensory linkages in cosmetic applications
– Enhanced deposition and complex coacervation
– Advances in characterization 
– Hair applications
– Skin applications
– Make-Up applications 

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:

Samiul Amin, Manhattan College, USA
P. (Som) Somaundaran, Columbia University, USA

Organizing Committee

Anat Shilaoch, Unilever, USA
Peter Koenig, P&G, USA
Steve Adamy, Church & Dwight, USA
Carlos Bosques, Evolved By Nature, USA
Rodney Priestley, Princeton University, USA
Gareth McKinley, MIT, USA
Siva Muthukrishnan, L’Oreal, USA
Christopher Caires, Perricone, USA

Confirmed Speakers

Edgar Acosta (University of Toronto, Canada)
Hy Bui (L’Oreal, USA)
Michel Cloitre (ESPCI, France)
Reinhold Dauskardt (Stanford University, USA)
Ananth KP (University of Cinncinnati, USA) 
Kevin Penfield (Croda, USA)
Vivek Sharma (University of Chicago, USA)
Hongwei Shen (Colgate, USA)
Seishi Shimizu (University of York, UK) 
Todd Squires (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Orlin Velev (NC State University, USA)
Joachim Venzmer (Evonik, Germany)
Samuel Gourion-Arsiquaud, TRI Princeton, USA

Call for Abstracts

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: Coming Soon!
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations: Coming Soon!

Please prepare your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Venue Information

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 you 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 Triangle 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.  To search for a restaurant visit Durham Dining.

For further information about the area please visit the following links:

Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau

Wikipedia page


The Washington Duke Inn is located just 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

General Information about ECI

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The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. 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 the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

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