SCC announces collaboration with U. of Miami

Written on: March 2, 2024 by SprayTM

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) has announced a new education collaboration with the University of Miami’s College of Engineering. The SCC will work with the university to produce short courses related to various aspects of cosmetic science and product development.

The first course in the collaboration will be a two-day event occurring at the school’s Coral Gables, Florida, campus on March 27–28, titled “High Throughput Formulation and Advanced Prototype Testing,” and instructed by Samiul Amin, PhD., Professor of Practice, at the University of Miami, Chemical, Environmental & Materials Engineering Department. Before joining academia, Amin spent years working in Engineering, R&D and Innovation Management for industry-leading cosmetics companies such as Unilever and L’Oréal.

“In terms of the future, the cosmetics and personal care industry is going to start looking towards robotics, automation, AI, and machine learning to speed up the process of prototype development,” said Amin.

“This will free up time for formulators and people working in R&D to effectively and efficiently design new products, applications, and performance benefits.”

The course will highlight automation advancements and marry them with advanced characterization and prototype development to allow participants to really understand the interplay of science and technology. During the laboratory portions of the course, attendees will learn automated formulation techniques via a Chemspeed automation platform, as well as advanced characterization methods using a high sensitivity rheometer (Netszch), dynamic light scattering and an optical tensiometer.

For those looking for a review prior to taking the High Throughput course, the SCC is also offering an online, on-demand version of its popular “Fundamentals of Surfactants, Emulsions, and Polymers for Cosmetic Formulations” course, also instructed by Amin, and featuring a Live Instructor Q&A session on March 18.

“The SCC is excited to collaborate with the University of Miami in demonstrating how digital technologies are advancing the science of cosmetics and personal care,” said Erica L. O’Grady, CEO of the SCC.

“We are continuing to build on the strong foundation in the region established by our Florida Chapter via their regular educational meetings and bi-annual Sunscreen Symposium.”