Contact Information

Professor Robert Tilton
Director, Center for Complex Fluids Engineering
tilton [at]

Dr. Annette Jacobson
Director, Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces (CPS) Educational Program
jacobson [at]

Laura Shaheen
CPS and CFE Administrative Assistant
(412) 268-6344
E-mail:lr23 [at]



Named Lectures - Awards - Initiatives

Named Lectures

Two different named lecture series are orgnaized through CCFE.

Casassa Lecture Series: This semi-annual event commemorates the contributions of Ethel Z. Casassa to the field of colloid science and the CPS program.  Ethel was the first director of the CPS program and a faculty member in chemical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University

Seiner Lecture Series: This semi-annual event commemorates the contributions of Jerome Seiner to the CPS program. Through his position at PPG Industries, Jerry contributed to the initiation and the growth of the CPS Program at CMU. The technical lecture is followed by a luncheon for the CMU Complex Fluids community and members of Jerry's family.


CMU will be hosting the ACS Colloids Division Annual Symposium in June 2015: Colloids2015 The 89th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium is the third time that CMU will host the meeting, following successes in 1984 and 2001.

A one day workshop Transport and Mechanics of Fluid-fluid Interfaces will be held at CMU on Friday November 2, 2012. This workshop is intended to develop an understanding of hold these fundamental issues impact problems in industry and how current characterization methods are being used and could be improved. For information contact Profs Shelley Anna or Lynn Walker

Dow IconSix CFE faculty (Prieve, Walker, Sides, Anna, Schneider and Khair) are involved in new projects funded by Dow. Two projects in the general area of Organic Suspension Stability will focus on fundamental aspects of the important area of colloidal stability in non-aqueous fluids. For the next five years, Electrostatics in organic media and Characterization techniques for Stability in Organic Media will be projects and areas of interest within CFE.

GoMRI icon CFE faculty Anna and Walker have intitated a new project to quantify the interfacial aspects of dispersants used to treat oil spills in marine environments. A three year project will characterize the impact of components of dispersants on model oil-water systems.

Awards and Honors

Faculty and students in CFE often win national and international recognition

Dennis Prieve and Lynn Walker each took part in the Centential Seminar Series in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware.

Shelley Anna was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Bob Tilton was elected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

At the 2011 Spring National ACS Meeting, two CFE faculty won major awards. Dennis Prieve was awarded the ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry and Kris Matyjaszewski won the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science. A big night for CMU at the awards banquet in Anaheim!