Sustainable Energy Award


The Sustainable Energy Award is for the contributions of chemical sciences to sustainable energy. This includes development or understanding of materials and processes and the improvement of existing technologies through the application of the chemical sciences.


2017 Winner

Professor Javier Pérez-Ramírez

Sustainable Energy Award 2017 Winner

Professor Javier Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zurich


General information


  • Run biennially - NOT OPEN for 2018 nominations 
  • Award winner receives £2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • Award winner will be chosen by the Environment, Sustainability and Energy 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
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this award 
  • 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   

Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Awards Committee


  • Brendan Keely (Chair), University of York   
  • Margaret McGuinness, Scottish Water
  • Martin King, Royal Holloway, University of London 
  • Paul Russell, Unilever
  • Rafael Luque, University of Cordoba
  • Brian Shelley, Retired

Previous Winners

Sustainable Energy Award Previous Winners

2009 - present

History of the Award


The RSC Sustainable Energy Award was established in 2008. 

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