Surfaces and Interfaces Award


The Surfaces and Interfaces Award is for outstanding and innovative research on the behaviour of chemical systems at surfaces or interfaces.

This award is supported by a charitable bequest held in trust.


2018 Winner

Professor Paolo Samoŕ

2018 Surfaces and Interfaces Award Winner

Professor Paolo Samoŕ, University of Strasbourg & CNRS


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 an established career scientist, typically with no more than 30 years of full-time equivalent professional experience. 
  • This should be experience gained as part of a scientific career excluding time spent in full-time education. Time spent as a postgraduate student should not be included e.g. Masters, PhD. Time spent as a post-doctoral researcher should be included. 
  • Nominators will be asked to provide details of the nominee's professional experience, in relation to the above criteria. 
  • Career breaks will be recognised, and applications are particularly encouraged from those whose career has spanned a break due to caring responsibilities or personal circumstances e.g. a period of parental/adoption leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances.
  • Work completed in the last 10 years will be given particular consideration 
  • 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


  • Claire Vallance, University of Oxford (Chair)
  • Steven Lee, University of Cambridge
  • Julia Weinstein, University of Sheffield
  • Maciej Gutowski, Heriot-Watt University
  • Artem Bakulin, Imperial College London
  • Graham Hutchings, Cardiff University
  • Klaas Wynne, University of Glasgow        

Previous Winners

Surfaces and Interfaces Award Previous Winners

2009 - present

History of the Award


The RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award was established in 2008. 

Submit your nomination

Related Links

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Deadline for nominations is 15 January 2019. Your nomination can be saved and completed at any time.


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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