Gibson-Fawcett Award

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The Gibson-Fawcett Award is awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry[1] every two years to recognise outstanding work in the field of materials chemistry.[2] In particular, the emphasis is on the originality and independence of the work carried out;[3] the prize was established in 2008 and is awarded by the Materials Chemistry Division Awards Committee. It can only be given to researchers under age 40.[4]


The award is named after Reginald Gibson and Eric Fawcett,[5] eminent chemists who worked together with Anton Michels on the study of the role of high pressure in chemical reactions; this led to the discovery of polyethylene.[5]


Year Winner Institution Reason
2010 Simon Clarke University of Oxford Chemistry of non-oxide and mixed anion solids as new functional materials[6]
2012 Andrew Fogg University of Liverpool Time resolved X-ray diffraction to study the synthesis of new materials[4]
2014 Andrew Dove University of Warwick New biodegradable materials for drug delivery and regenerative surgery[7][8]
2016 Rachel O'Reilly University of Warwick Polymer synthesis, nanostructures and enzyme mimetic constructs[9]
2018 Silvia Vignolini University of Cambridge Bio-materials and bio-mimetic photonic nanostructures[2]


  1. ^ Atterberry, Tara (2009). Awards, Honors & Prizes: International. Gale.
  2. ^ a b "Royal Society of Chemistry honours three researchers". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ Holloway, Melissa. "University of Warwick chemist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Success for Liverpool Chemists". Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Gibson-Fawcett Award".
  6. ^ "Gibson_Fawcett Award 2010 Winner". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  7. ^ Elliott, David. "Scunthorpe-born scientist wins prestigious award for his pioneering work". Scunthorpe News. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ Williams, Rebecca J.; Dove, Andrew P.; O'Reilly, Rachel K. (2015). "Self-assembly of cyclic polymers". Polymer Chemistry. 6 (16): 2998–3008. doi:10.1039/C5PY00081E.
  9. ^ "RSC Gibson-Fawcett Award 2016 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 25 May 2018.