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]


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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]

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