Save the date for SCC78!


High Throughput Formulation and Advanced Prototype Testing

A collaboration between the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and The University of Miami College of Engineering.

Course Summary

With the increasingly competitive nature of the cosmetics industry, there is an urgent need to create truly differentiated products, and formulators are being asked to do so with ever more novel, sustainable/greener ingredients. 

This two-day course, mixing classroom instruction with hands-on lab work, will instruct participants on the principles and practices of high throughput (automated) formulation, along with advanced prototype testing (stability, particle sizing, rheology, tribology, surface tension). The aim is to give the cosmetic formulator a competitive advantage in creating high quality, unique products, both functionally and sensorially, while also maintaining awareness as to sustainability.

Who Should Attend

This course will be an ideal short course for:

  • Students completing undergraduate/graduate degrees in the chemical/chemical engineering/pharmaceutical sciences interested in roles in cosmetic and personal care industry.
  • Early career scientists/chemists/formulators working in the cosmetic and personal care industry.
  • Mid-career scientists/formulators/research managers in the cosmetic and personal care industry.

Note: course attendees should already have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of surfactants, emulsions, and colloidal science used in the personal care industry. These basic fundamentals WILL NOT be covered in this course.

If you would like to train (or refresh) on the basics of surfactants, emulsions, and colloidal science prior to taking this course, it can be combined with the ON-DEMAND course Fundamentals of Surfactants, Emulsions, and Polymers for Cosmetic Formulations for a discounted price (see below).

Key Areas to be Covered:

  • Fast Prototype Formulation-High Throughput Automated Formulation-Platforms and Experimental Design - Automation is gaining increasing popularity in a large number of industries including the cosmetics industry to speed up formulation development. This section will focus on how to carry out fast prototype development through utilizing an automated formulation platform. Principles of programming the platform/software aspects will be discussed.
  • Prototype Evaluation and Optimization-Advanced Characterization - Competitive advantages in the cosmetic industry can be gained through the creation of truly differentiated products in terms of both functional and sensory performance. Sustainability adds an additional dimension to this.  Achieving these ends requires not only fast formulation development through high throughput platforms, as will be demonstrated in this course, but also gaining application specific mechanistic insights and establishing: Formulation-Structure/Interaction/Property-Performance Linkages. This will be demonstrated through the evaluation of prototypes for stability, particle sizing, rheology/texture, surface/interfacial tension, surface/interface rheology.
  • AI/ML Formulation Design - The utility of AI/ML models to predict physico-chemical properties (rheology, surface tension) of key formulation ingredients like surfactants, polymers, emulsions and their mixtures will be illustrated. This integrates well with the Automation and Advanced Characterization approach discussed in this course. 

Essential Course Components:

  • Develop a formulation (Hair Care) on high throughput platform-e.g. varying levels/type of silicone oil in simple surfactant base shampoo. Explore Process Variables Effect (time of shear, shear rate, heating/cooling)
  • Characterize-Interfacial Rheology/Surface Tension/Zeta Potential/Rheology
  • Other example emulsion-based cosmetic formulations will also be utilized to further enhance extension of learning to other cosmetic product types.

Equipment to be Used: 

  • Chemspeed Formulation Automation Platform
  • High Sensitivity Netszch Rheometer
    • Flow Curves
    • Yield Stress
    • Viscoelasticity
    • Thixotropy
  • Dynamic Light Scattering 
    • Particle Sizing
    • Zeta Potential
    • Diffusion Interaction Parameter kD
  • Optical Tensiometer
    • Dynamic Surface Tension
    • Dilatational Interfacial Rheology

Instructor: Samiul Amin, PhD

Format: In-Person (Classroom & Lab)


  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
    (9:00am - 5:00pm ET)
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024
    (8:00am - 4:00pm ET)



University of Miami
College of Engineering
1251 Memorial Drive, McArthur Engineering Building
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-2404

See maps & directions.



Course Pricing:

Early Bird (Expires 03/18/2024)

  • $745 - SCC Member
  • $989 - Non-Member
  • $445 – SCC Junior or Student Member


  • $835 - SCC Member
  • $1,079 - Non-Member
  • $490 – SCC Junior or Student Member

Registration price includes breakfast and lunch each day, as well as coffee and other beverages during the day. View our CEP Course Pricing and Refund Policy.

***Due to lab capacity, this course is available to 30 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis***

Note: Companies registering 5+ SCC members for this course receive $50 off per registration. Companies registering 10+ SCC members for this course receive $100 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.

ATTENTION NON-MEMEBERS: you will save money by joining the SCC prior to registering for this course. If applying for SCC membership, application processing takes up to five business days. If you would like to request expedited application processing, in order to sign up for this course, please send your request to Member pricing will not be in effect for CEP registrations until after the membership application is approved. 

Combo Pricing (two courses):

Receive discounted pricing when you sign up for both High Throughput Formulation and Advanced Prototype Testing AND Fundamentals of Surfactants, Emulsions, and Polymers for Cosmetic Formulations.

Early Bird (Expires 03/01/2024):

  • $895 - SCC Member
  • $1,330 - Non-Member
  • $535 – SCC Junior or Student Member


  • $975 - SCC Member
  • $1,420 - Non-Member
  • $575 – SCC Junior or Student Member

Fundamentals of Surfactants, Emulsions, and Polymers for Cosmetic Formulations is an upcoming ON-DEMAND online course taking place between February 26, 2024 and April 5, 2024, with a Live Q&A with the instructor on March 18, 2024. If signing up for both courses, the recommended path would be to first view the on-demand course (Fundamentals of Surfactants, Emulsions, and Polymers for Cosmetic Formulations) between February 26-March 26, 2024 (including the Live Q&A on March 18), and to then participate in the live in-person lab course (High Throughput Formulation and Advanced Prototype Testing) on March 27 & 28, 2024.

This course path allows attendees to learn/review more fundamental aspects of colloidal science and cosmetic formulation, before moving on to the specialized high throughput formulation and advanced prototype testing topics of the lab course.


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.