Chemistry of Transition Metals Award


The Chemistry of Transition Metals Award recognises outstanding research in any aspect of the chemistry of d- and f-block elements.


2016 Winner

Dr Catherine Cazin

Chemistry of Transition Metals Award 2016 Winner

Dr Catherine Cazin, University of St Andrews


General information


  • Run biennially - NOT OPEN for 2017 nominations 
  • The winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate 
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner will be chosen by the Dalton Division Awards Committee             

Guidelines for Nominators


  • Nominations open on 01 October
  • Nominations close on 15 January 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • Nominees should be 40 or under on 31 January. Consideration will also be given to those who have taken career breaks or followed different study paths
  • The award is open to nominees working in, or originally from, the UK or Republic of Ireland only 
  • When nominating previous RSC Prize and Award winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work           

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system to submit the following:

  • Your name, contact details, and membership number (please contact the RSC Membership team if you do not know your membership details)
  • The nominee's name and contact details 
  • An up to date CV for the nominee (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate) and website URL if relevant
  • A supporting statement (up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) addressing the selection criteria
  • A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (not including spaces) and ideally no longer than one sentence 
  • The names and contact details of two referees. Please inform referees of the nomination as the awards system will contact them as soon as the application is submitted. Referees may not include the nominee's post-doc or PhD supervisor
  • Referees must provide reports by 31 January
  • We will contact nominators and referees of nominees with outstanding references one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only          

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards


Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Awards as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Independence 
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator       

Guidelines for Referees


  • The awards system will contact referees to inform them that they must provide reports by 31 January.
  • We will contact nominators and referees of nominees with outstanding references after one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.
  • Referees may not include the nominee's post-doc or PhD supervisor.
  • Referees must state their relationship (if any) with the nominee and note any conflicts of interest.    

Dalton Division Awards Committee


  • Emma Raven, University of Leicester (Chair)
  • Nigel Pickett, Nanoco Technologies Ltd
  • Scott Dalgarno, Heriot-Watt University
  • Rebecca Melen, Cardiff University
  • Ian Fairlamb, University of York 

Previous Winners

Chemistry of Transition Metals Award Previous Winners

1971 - present

History of the Award


The RSC Chemistry of Transition Metals Award was established in 1971.

Contact and Further Information

Awards
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066
Fax: +44 (0)1223 432359