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Fundamentals of Surfactants, Emulsions, and Polymers for Cosmetic Formulations

Course Overview

This will be a two-day overview course on fundamental surfactant, emulsion, and polymer science required for direct practical applications in formulation design. The course will develop the fundamental understanding of the physico-chemical properties of surfactants, emulsions, and polymers that can impact the performance criteria (e.g. stability, foaming, cleansing, rheology etc.) of cosmetic and consumer products.

Who Should Attend

This course will be of interest and value to scientists, formulators, supervisors, and managers engaged in development, formulation, production, analytical characterization of personal care and consumer products that require a good working knowledge of fundamentals of surfactant, emulsion, and polymer science.

Course Outline:

  • Surfactant Fundamentals
    • Classification of Surfactants
    • CMC
    • Kraftt Point, Cloud Point
    • Surface and Interface Properties
    • Self-Assembly
  • Emulsion Fundamentals
    • Classification of emulsions
    • Steps to make an emulsion
    • Emulsion instability mechanisms and stability enhancement
    • Emulsifiers and HLB
  • Polymers Fundamentals
    • Formation of polymers-polymerization reactions
    • Classification of polymers-thermosets, thermoplastics, polyetctrolytes
    • Molecular weight and molecular weight distribution, glass transition temp
    • Polymer solution properties


  • $299 - SCC Member
  • $399 - Non-Member
  • $179 – SCC Junior or Student Member

Note: companies registering 5+ SCC members for this course receive $25 off per registration. Companies registering 10+ SCC members for this course receive $50 off per registration. Discounted group registrations need to occur during the same online transaction. If you would like to submit a group registration of 5+ or 10+, or have any other questions about this event, please contact SCC Headquarters Staff.

If also applying for SCC membership, please allow up to five business days for application processing. Member pricing will not be in effect for CEP registrations until after the membership application is approved. 

 View our CEP Course Pricing and Refund Policy.

Instructor: Professor Samiul Amin, PhD

Format: Online


  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022 
    (11:00am - 2:30pm EDT)
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022  
    (11:00am - 2:30pm EDT)


In addition to the live instructions, course registrants will also receive a PDF copy of the course slides, as well as access to course replay recordings for 14 days following the live course dates.

Note: a free Zoom account  (Zoom) will be required for viewing course replay recordings after the live dates. This is to ensure accurate attendence reporting for course completion certificates.


About the Instructor

Professor Samiul Amin, PhD

Professor Samiul Amin, PhD. is currently Professor of Practice, Department of Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering and Director Engineering Corporate Alliance Program (ECAP) at the University of Miami. Prior to joining academia in March 2018, Prof. Amin has worked in industry for the past 20 years working across Engineering, R&D and Innovation Management in global multinationals such as ExxonMobil, Unilever, L’Oreal and Malvern Instruments in Asia, Europe and the US. Prof. Amin’s expertise is in colloids & complex fluids, rheology, tribology, advanced characterization and formulation design of personal care, homecare and biopharmaceutical products. Prof. Amin previosuly conducted research at Manhattan College focused on formulation design and performance optimization of cosmetic and homecare products based on novel sustainable materials such as biosurfactants and biopolymers. Prof. Amin has a significant number of scientific publications/patents/book chapters in the area of complex fluids, rheology and cosmetic and biopharmaceutical formulations. He has served on scientific committees of multiple national and international societies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and has Chaired and Co-Chaired multiple International Conferences and Workshops. Prof.Amin is currently Editor for Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science-Formulations and Cosmetics and Associate Editor for Surfactants and Detergents.