Pint of Science 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


Bijels: from a fascinating lab ‘milk’ to making better batteries

Milk is made of liquid fat droplets 10× smaller than the width of a human hair, jiggling around in water. Bijels are ‘milk sponges’, where both the ‘water’ and the ‘fat’ form continuous channels about the width of a human hair. They are a true Edinburgh material, predicted by simulations in 2005 and experimentally realised in the lab in 2007 by Edinburgh researchers. I'll show how such an unusual material, originally pure scientific curiosity, is now used by researchers around the world to try and improve batteries for future smartphones and electric cars.
Period15 May 2017
Event typeOther
LocationUnited Kingdom


  • bijel
  • emulsion
  • Pickering
  • bicontinuous
  • battery
  • electrode
  • electrolyte