Award Winners 2009

The 2009 premier awards were presented at a ceremony on 7 July; other awards were presented at suitable occasions during the year.

See also Awards for Outstanding Service

Premier Awards

Awards for Personal Achievement

Awards for Published Work

Awards given by other bodies

Awards receiving no nominations for 2009

Awards not available for 2009


Bessemer Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the steel industry. Awarded to Giovanni Arvedi, ISP, for his audacious approach to hot strip manufacture with his contruction of a compact, in-line casting and rolling process for hot strip at the first ISP plant in Cremona, Italy. He is greatly responsible for the development of this plant in his hometown, and has an open approach to innovation. He has sought to share knowledge of thin slab casting and rolling across Europe. Giovanni is an inspirational leader and displays exceptional personal commitment.

Sir Andrew Bryan

For sustained and outstanding contributions to the Institute and its activities, awarded to Professor Andrew Strang, retired. Andrew sat on many IOM3 committees, including that of Materials Engineering and Structural Integrity, Metal Science, and High Temperature Materials Performance (which he founded and chaired). He was on the editorial board of the International Materials Review. He is involved in accreditation of degrees for the Institute, and continues to referee papers for international conferences and technical journals of IOM3.

Chapman Medal

For distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials, particularly with respect to biomaterials innovation which has produced benefits for patients and/or contributed to associated opportunities for industry. Awarded to Dr Dennis Smith, former Head of Biomaterials, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Canada, now retired, for his commitment to R&D. Dennis was a founding director of the Centre for Biomaterials at the University, where he sat on the Governing Council. In 2000, he became Chairman of the ISO Technical Committee on dentistry, a position he held for the five years until his retirement. His research interests lie in the bonding of materials to tissues.

Colwyn Medal

For outstanding services to the rubber industry where such services have benefited either the nation, government authorities or industry. Awarded to Dr James Busfield, Queen Mary's University London. Here, James is head of the largest rubber research group in the UK. His research has been funded by major international organisations, including Super Aguri F1 and the Thai Government. His works focuses on the strength, fatigue and abrasion of elastomers, filler/foamed elastomers and smart elastomer systems.

Futers Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the international minerals industry, awarded to Professor Tim Napier-Munn, University of Queensland, Australia. Tim joined the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre at the University over 20 years ago. He became its director in 1997, and the inaugural Managing Director of its commercialisation company, JKTech when, in 2001, it was incorporated. He is now working part-time for the university, consulting to the industry, and continues to deliver his professional development course on Statistics for Mineral Engineers. His pioneering research in modelling and simulation of gravity concentration and milling has had an impact around the world.

Gold Medal

For a company, team or individual who has made a significant contribution to the industrial application of materials, awarded to P2i Ltd, Abingdon, UK, for its patented process that reduces surface energy of everyday items. This means that liquids are repelled from the surface, without any change in appearance visible to the naked eye. The treatment can be used on polymers, fabrics, metals, ceramics, glass and paper. The coating also imparts resistance to alcohols, acids and alkalis.

Griffith Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work which has made or is making a notable contribution to any branch of materials science, awarded to Professor Lindsay Greer, Head of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. Lindsay is renowned for his work on metalic glasses and nucleation, particularly of crystalline phases from liquids and gases. He invented the free-growth model paradigm for the analysis of heterogeneous nucleation. This has been successfully applied to the analysis of grain refinement in aluminium casting.

Local Society of the Year – new for 2009

Less than 30 average attendance – Materials Society of Cumbria. Given the small membership of the group in a rural part of the country, with limited numbers of members, they have organised an interesting and varied programme of activities to appeal to a wider audience to increase the number of Institute members. The society has converted 40% of attendees into IOM3 members. It is involved with schools’ and teachers’ events in the area, and organises a local society/Institute stand as part of its youth/schools initiative which has been running for two to three years. The Society also organised an event on promoting professional qualifications and has started a mentoring facility in the area.
30 or more average attendance – Cleveland Institution of Engineers. The local society was judged to have improved the most year on year of all societies, with marked improvement in attendance and membership recruitment. It communicates well with members in many different ways and by holding joint events, has good interaction with other organisations.

Medal for Excellence

For conspicuous contribution, either during the year or cumulatively over a number of years, to the art, science and practise of the mining industry. Awarded to Professor Kazem Oraee, Stirling Management School. He is known for his skill in combining the theoretical with the practical needs of society. He has concentrated on technological economics and has promoted best practice in mining in Iran. This involved fostering excellent links between the two countries, supporting the exchange of students and staff.

Platinum Medal

In recognition of outstanding service to the Institute and to its objectives or for other outstanding contributions to materials science, technology and industry nationally or internationally, awarded to Professor J Knott OBE, University of Birmingham, for his support to British industry by advising Rolls-Royce and The Welding Institute over a period of 20 years. He has improved the integrity and safety of civil and defence nuclear power plants, for which he received an OBE in 2004. His research focuses on fracture processes in engineering alloys.

Silver Medal

For Younger Members (normally under the age of 30) in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the broad field of materials science, engineering and technology including promotion of their subject on a national or international basis. Awarded to Dr Sophie Williams of the University of Leeds for research on bioengineering, in particular on the tribology of hip replacements. Her PhD looked at how surface engineered coatings can reduce wear on metal-to-metal hip replacements and she has since developed a ceramic-on-metal joint, which is in clinical use across the world, to improve the life of the system. She is a member the academic faculty within DePuy International that provdes materials engineering information to end-users.


Colclough (Tom Colclough) Medal and Prize

In recognition of learned contribution to understanding microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering connected with the iron and steel industry. Awarded to Phillip Reynolds MIMMM, Corus, for his sustained and high quality R&D which applied physical metallurgical understanding to product development. He has worked with Ministry of Defence specialists to develop vehicle armour using homogeneous and novel types of steel. His work covers a range of steel products made from alloys, as well as machinable and engineering steels. He is recognised for working closely with end-users to indentify their requirements.

Dowding Medal & Prize

In recognition of a major contribution to the invention, development or design of metallurgical plant, particularly rolling and finishing, leading to improved economy, yield or quality in metal production. Awarded to James Hogg IEng AIMMM, Siemens, for his work into rolling mill designs and project engineering, mainly related to long products. James is Technical Manager of Long Products and worked with Corus to covert a medium section mill to a roll rail. He has proved dedicated and professional to the highest standard, with an excellent level of personal contribution to these projects.

Frank Fitzgerald Medal and Travel Award

In recognition of a member (under 35 years old) of the Institute who is active in the field of iron and steel, and who has demonstrated excellence in and commitment to continuing professional development in the form of depth and/or breadth of technical knowledge or in a personal contribution to promoting the profession. Awarded TBC.

Grunfeld Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished work related to techical, manufacturing, processing or engineering application of alloy steels. Awarded to Rod Vanstone, Head of Iron Alloys Group, Alstom Power.

Hadfield Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievement in relation to metallurgical practice, process development, product development, metallurgical understanding or design engineering connected with iron and steel or associated industries, awarded to Martin Boul, Corus Long Products, for his outstanding contribution to the production and development of special steels. His interest in quality assurance led him to manage Corus' strategy in this area. He has extensive knowledge of special steel products' inspection and testing systems. He joined Corus Engineering Steels in a technical role in 2003, where he reorganised the technical function and oversaw the R&D budget to support restructuring. He has been Technical Director for the last three years, controlling the technology strategy and providing leadership.

Holland Award

In recognition of meritorious service in manufacture and technology within the traditional ceramics industry, awarded to Keith Shankland FIMMM, Hanson Brick, for his outstanding career in the heavy clays industry and his unstinting support of the Institute. Keith joined Hanson in 1998 as Production Director and went on to manage 15 operational sites, workshops, laboratories and transport centres in his role as Operations Director. He was involved in the company's expansion to 60 sites and reduced operating costs by improving health and safety, implementing a startegic purchasing plan, and improving industrial relations. This led to an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System accreditation. He has been involved with the British Ceramic Confederation, and in 2002 was elected President of the former Institute of Clay Technology, during which time he oversaw the merger with IOM3.


Holliday Prize

In recognition of significant or technological contribution relating to any type of composite material, awarded to Professor James Quinn, of James Quinn Associates Ltd. He set up this, his own engineering consultancy practice, in 1991, specialising in composite materials. He advises on the design and production engineering of polymer composites, including specification, inspection and litigation work. James works tirelessly to promote the wider use of composites in the engineering community and sits on various BSI committees on composites.



Hume Rothery Prize



In recognition of distinguished achievements concerned with phase relationship in metallic materials or non-metallic materials of metallurgical interest, awarded to Dr Philip Spencer. Philip specialises in multicomponent phase equilibria via calculation from thermodynamic data. He applies this to practical problems experienced by commerce and industry. He has worked on measuring thermodynamic properties, their critical assessment, the development of computer programmes, and techniques to calculate phase equilibria. His research on advanced process modelling has involved close interaction with industry.

The Colin Humphreys' Education Awards

In recognition of the contribution made to enhancing students' scientific or technological literacy through the teaching or support of materials, minerals or mining topics within 11-19 learning, in either the secondary or further education sector. Awarded to James Jenner, Northgate High School in Ipswich, in recognition of enabling students to experience materials use and design in the workplace and the promotion of materials science education in partnership with businesses and the Institute. He has introduced new materials, technologies and modern learning to the curriculum. James brings industrially qualified experts into the school environment as guest speakers and technical consultants for project work. At Northgate, he arranges the majority of field trips within Design and Technology subjects.
W O'Connell, MacMillan Academy, was commended for his substantial contribution to training and the practical experience of students in engineering materials and design.

International Award (formerly the Overseas Award)

For a member resident overseas, for the best paper presented at an Institute symposium, or published in a mining journal or for notable contribution to development of the Institute overseas. Awarded to Dr Siobhan Matthews, SCF Processing. Siobhan has made a major contribution to the Younger Member's Committee, and took the lead in last year's Young Persons' World Lecture Competition. She has fostered links in the USA with the University of Florida, which led to the Institute accrediting its distance learning courses, and at its Materials Department, with a view to setting up a new overseas local society. Based in Ireland, she is a Council member and former member of the Managing Board.

Jenkins Award

In recognition of significant contribution which has enhanced the scientific, industrial or technological understanding of materials processing or component production using particulate materials, awarded to Peter Brewin. Peter has made an exceptional contribution to powder metallurgy, its promotion and management in the technical, professional and commercial worlds. His research at Imperial College London led to a spin-out company, Powdrex, to commercialise his work into a process for the production of high alloy steels by powder metallurgy. In 1995, he set up his own consultancy. As President of the British Powder Metal Federation he founded its sucessor's council, the European Powder Metal Federation.

Kroll Medal & Prize

In recognition of significant contribution which has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of materials, normally inorganic. Awarded to Professor Mohan Edirisinghe, University College London, for his research over the last 20 years into ceramics processing and forming. With over 30 EPSRC grants he has explored the forming of biomaterials and biostructures for medical and tissue engineering applications. His current research activities are supported by EPSRC, The Royal Society and The Leverhulme Trust. This medical materials research is investigating novel methods for the preparation of different monolithic, composite and porous biostructures, and tissue-engineered structures and organs.

T B Marsden Award

In recognition of services to the profession over a period of not less than 20 years by a member who has not been recognised by the Institute in other ways, awarded to Austin Matthews FIMMM (retired). Austin has made an outstanding long-term contribution to the Institute's activities, especially at the Ebbw Vale Metallurgical Society and by promoting materials science to primary and secondary school pupils. He served as the local society's chairman in 1993 and again two years later, and still sits on the committee. He has written stories for young children based around the adventures of Welsh sheepdogs, Willy and Wally. The tales introduce children to materials science using local history and details of industrial development in South Wales. For A Level students he wrote two extensive lectures on metallurgy.

Rosenhain Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievement in any branch of materials science, preference being given to candidates under the age of 40, awarded to Neil Mathur, University of Cambridge, for his work on device materials and his contribution to the understanding of magnetic and electronic materials. He has been a Reader at the University since last year, following a three-year stint as a Lecturer, and specialises in manganites.

Rowbotham Medal

An annual award, to recognise an outstanding contribution from a young person or a team of young people, to the development or innovative use of materials for automotive applications. Awarded to Mark White, Jaguar Land Rover.

Thomas Medal & Prize

In recognition of scientific or technological contribution to the production or secondary processing of any ferrous alloy, awarded to Ian Martin MIMMM, for his distinguished contribution to the understanding of the control of microstructure and properties of plate steels. Ian joined British Steel as a Research Investigator in the Plates Department, and moved to its Swindon Laboratories in 1982 where he remained for the rest of his career. He has taken a leading role in the development of Corus' quenched and tempered steels, both structural and wear resistant. He optimised the composition of the material to meet the hardenability and mechanical properties required to use the Corus roller quench unit for more efficient operation.

Thornton Medal (incorporating the Clerk Maxwell Award)

To a speaker invited to present at either an Institute conference or another specially convened meeting. Awarded to Dr Gerd Schumacher, GB Neue Materialien und Chemie. Gerd presented a keynote address on the opening day at Materials Congress 2008, entitled ‘Materials for the Future – A European Perspective’. He covered how excellent researchers are required, alongside government investment in R&D and global monitoring of activities, growth and trends. Gerd urged scientists to monitor the strategic research agendas published by the European Commission to better understand which areas are top priority and being awarded funding. He gave an extremely detailed presentation. In May 2006 Gerd was appointed Acting Head of Nanotechnologies and International Affairs within the New Materials and Chemical Technologies department at Jülich Research Centre, Germany, one of the largest interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. He is also the German Programme Coordinator for nanotechnologies, materials, and new production technologies in the 7th EU Framework Programme.

Verulam Medal & Prize


In recognition of distinguished contributions to refractories or any other type of ceramic materials, awarded to Dr Markys Cain, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), for the quality and breadth of his work on functional and multifunctional ceramics, which has benefitted academia and industry. He joined NPL in 1997 and built up an internationally recognised group that concentrated on functional materials. It supported producers and users of functional ceramics. More recently, he has researched measurement methods to characterise ferroelectric and piezoceramic ceramics.


Guy Bengough Award


For a paper published by the Institute which makes an outstanding contribution to the subject of corrosion and degradation of all types of materials and their control. Awarded to C Lee, J Scholey, S Worthington, P Wilcox, M Wisnom, M Friswell, and B Drinkwater, for their paper ‘Acoustic emission from pittng corrosion in stressed stainless steel plate', Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, March 2008, Vol 43, No 1, pp54-63.

Billiton Gold Medal

For the best paper published in Transactions C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (MPEM). Awarded to E Jak, B Zhao and P Hayes, for their paper ‘Phase equilibria in the system FeO-Fe2O3-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2, with applications to non-ferrous smelting slags', Mineral Processing and Extrative Metallurgy, September 2008, Vol 117, No 3, pp147-152.

Composite Award

For published work of particular merit in the field of composites, awarded to E Harkin-Jones, L Figiel, P Spencer, R Abu-Zurayk, W Al-Shabib, V Chan, R Rajeev, K Soon, P Buckley, J Sweeney, G Menary, C Armstrong, H Assender, P Coates, F Dunne, T McNally and P Martin, for their paper ‘Performance enhancement of polymer nanocomposites via multiscale modelling of processing and properties', Plastics, Rubber and Composites, May 2008, Vol 37, No 2-4, pp113-123.

Cook Ablett Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of metals. Awarded to M Karlsen, J Hjelen, O Grong, G Rorvik, R Chiron, U Schubert, and E Nilsen, for their paper ‘SEM/EBSD based in situ studies of deformation induced phase transformations in supermartensitic stainless steels', Materials Science and Technology, January 2008, Vol 24, No 1, pp64-72.

Alan Glanvill Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of polymers. Awarded to H Le, S Ilisch, H Radusch and H Steinberger, for their paper 'Macro- and microdispersion of carbon black in liquid silicone rubbers', Plastics, Rubber and Composites, October 2008, Vol 37, No 8, pp367-375.

Mann Redmayne Award


To a non-corporate member, under 35 years of age, who is the author of the best paper published in the Transactions of the Institute. Awarded to M Suput, U Pal, R Delucas, S Pati, G Ye, and A Powell, for their paper 'Solid oxide membrane technology for environmentally sound production of titanium', Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, June 2008, Vol 117, No 2, pp118-122.

Materials World Award


An annual award to recognise an important feature or review published during the year within the Institute's member magazines. Nominations proposed from the magazine group and membership are reviewed by the Awards Committee. Awarded to J Kell and S Birch, The Welding Institute, for their paper ‘Automotive advances', Materials World, April 2008, pp23-25.

Pfeil Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of ceramics. Awarded to R Taylor, I Richardson, and R Brydson, University of Leeds, for their paper 'Nature of C-S-H in 20-year-old neat ordinary Portland cement and 10% Portland cement-90% ground granulated blast furnace slag pastes', Advances in Applied Ceramics, December 2007, Vol 106, No 6, pp294-301.

James S Walker Award

For a published paper or an unpublished project report by a student on the subject of polymers. Awarded to J Tilley, University of Oxford, for the project synposis report ‘Creation of surfaces suitable for immobilising bioactive proteins: characteristics affecting immobilisation'. The research was conducted in an overseas environment using techniques new to Jennifer. Her conclusions were well drawn and useful for further work. The reports showed particularly high initiative and a good professional approach at such an early stage in her career.

Wardell Armstrong Prize

For the best paper published in Transactions B: Applied Earth Science. Awarded to S Barnes, C Lesher and R Sproule, for their paper ‘Geochemistry of komatiites in the Eastern Goldfields Superterrance, Western Australia, and the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Canada, and implications for the distribution of associated Ni-Cu-PGE deposits', Applied Earth Science, December 2007, Vol 166, No 4, pp167-175.

Williams Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit concerned with the manufacture and use of iron and steel. Awarded to S Webster, J Kristensen, and D Petring, for their paper 'Joining of thick section steels using hybrid laser welding', Ironmaking and Steelmaking, October 2008, Vol 35, No 7, pp496-504.


Beilby Medal & Prize (administered on a 3 yearly cycle by IOM3, SCI and RSC)

In recognition of substantial work of exceptional practical significance in chemical engineering, applied materials science, energy efficiency or a related field. Preference given to candidates under 40. Awarded to Zhenan Bao. More

Harvey Flower Titanium Prize 2008 (retrospective)

Offered by the Titanium Information Group to students, graduates, and practicing materials engineers. The winning entry will, in the opinion of the judges, contribute most constructively to: an improved understanding of titanium metallurgy or alloy development; a new application for titanium or titanium alloys; a significant extension of the use of titanium; the enhancement of the performance of titanium in an existing application; or any other scientific or technological innovation or improvement in connection with the production, processing and use of titanium and its alloys. Awarded to Professor Xinhau Wu, University of Birmingham, in recognition of an outstandig record of worldclass research in titanium and its alloys. Her work on understanding the role of interstitial alloying elements in titanium alloys has led to exceptional improvements in the mechanical properties of several alloys. Midway through her career, she leads a dynamic and highly prolific research team and in a relatively short period of time has established Birmingham as the principal UK centre for titanium alloy research.

Vanadium Award 2008 (retrospective)

For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy and technology of vanadium and its alloys. Awarded to Dr Carlos Garcia-Mateo, Dr Francisca Garcia Caballero, Dr Carlos Garcia de Andres and Juan Cornide Arce, Carlos Capdevila Montes for the papers “Influence of V Precipitates on Acicular Ferrite Transformation”, ISIJ International, Vol.48 (2008), No.9.

Charles Hatchett Award

For the best paper on the science and technology of niobium and it alloys. Sponsored by Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao (CBMM) and selected by the Charles Hatchett Award International Panel. Awarded to K Alogab, D Matlock, J Speer and H Kleebe, for their papers 'The influence of niobium microalloying on austenite grain coarsening behaviour of Ti-modified SAE 8620 steel', ISIJ, 2007, Vol 47, no 2, pp307-316, and 'The effects of heating rate on austenite grain growth in a Ti-modified SAE 8620 steel with controlled noibium additions', ISIJ, 2007, Vol 47, no 2, pp1034-1041.


Douglas Hay Award

For the best paper published in Transactions A: Mining Technology.

Prince Philip Award

For polymers in the service of mankind. Awarded not more than once every two years, not less than once every five years. Instituted to commemorate the presentation of the first Honorary Fellowship of the PRI to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on 22 May 1973. International, open to members and non-members, individuals, companies, partnerships, associations, societies or academic institutions. Names and addresses of two independent referees required. Last awarded 2007.


Hancock Medal

To an individual for outstanding service to the rubber industry where such services have benefited either the nation, government authorities or industry. Open only to members of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Given alternate odd years with the Colwyn.

Stokowiec Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work related to the technical, manufacturing, processing or engineering application of alloy steels. Given alternate even years with the Grunfeld.

Swinburne Award

To recognise the achievement of a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and knowledge of any field related to the science, engineering or technology of plastics. It is a requirement of acceptance that the recipient shall prepare and deliver the Swinburne Lecture on an occasion selected by the Institute. Awarded alternate (even) years.