Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award


The Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award is for outstanding and innovative research in soft condensed matter and/or the application of physico-chemical techniques to biological problems.


2017 Winner

Professor Douglas Tobias

Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award 2017 Winner

Professor Douglas Tobias, University of California, Irvine


General information


  • Run annually
  • Award winner receives £2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • Award winner will be chosen by the Faraday 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
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • Nominees should be 55 or under on 31 January. Consideration will also be given to those who have taken career breaks or followed different study paths
  • When nominating previous RSC prize or 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 webpage 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 
  • References are not required for this award and will not be accepted

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
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator   

Faraday Division Awards Committee


  • Eleanor Campbell (Chair), University of Edinburgh 
  • Cinzia Casiraghi, University of Manchester
  • Philipp Kukura, University of Oxford
  • Flemming Hansen, University College London
  • Józef Lewandowski, University of Warwick
  • Nguyen TK Thanh, University College London
  • Peter Bruce, University of Oxford 

Previous Winners

Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award Previous Winners

2008 - present

History of the Award


The RSC Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award was established in 2008. 

Contact and Further Information

Awards
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Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066