Duncan Bryant Award

The Duncan Bryant Award is awarded to young and early career researchers in the UK in the field of Molecular Spectroscopy in Pharmaceuticals.

When their Chairman, Dr Duncan Bryant, died in 2005 the committee of the RSC Molecular Spectroscopy Group decided that they would find an appropriate way of recording their gratitude to him and their affection for him. The result is the Duncan Bryant Award for early career research molecular spectroscopists working or studying in the pharmaceutical sector. The process for awarding the prize changes from award to award with the aim of providing diverse ways to ensure worthy recipient.  The inaugural award of the Duncan Bryant Award was made on in May 2008 and has been awarded on two subsequent occasions to date. The Award will continue to be awarded via different mechanisms.

The winner is awarded a framed picture commemorating Duncan Bryant’s life, a certificate and a small cash award. The picture is a print of a unique piece commissioned by Duncan’s former employers, GlaxoSmithKline, representing different aspects of Duncan’s professional and personal life. The Molecular Spectroscopy Group would like to thank GlaxoSmithKline for commissioning and providing the prize.

2017 Award


This edition of the Award will be made to the most outstanding paper by a young or early career researcher within UK industry or academia, in any field of molecular spectroscopy applied to pharmaceutical science published since 1 January 2016.

For this award Young and Early Career Researchers are considered to be either under the age of 32 or are in the early stages of their research career.

The successful recipient of the award will be selected by the Molecular Spectroscopy Group Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the research
  • Relevance to the theme of the Award
  • The quality of the writing and science within the cited paper    

The Molecular Spectroscopy Committee Group reserve the right not to award the prize should an applicant of sufficient quality not be received.

The closing date for nominations is 31 October 2017.


Written applications should be made on behalf of potential recipients (self-nominations will not be accepted) to the Secretary and should include the following:

  • Name and institution of nominee
  • A brief career summary demonstrating the eligibility of nominee
  • Name and institution of nominator
  • Literature citation for nominated paper. It is expected that the nominated scientist will be the key contributor of the research on the cited paper
  • Concise (<400 words) summary of the research within the paper    

The closing date for nominations is 31 October 2017.

Past Winners

  • Dr Paul T Whiteside
    Molecular Profiles Ltd
    Topics in Pharmaceutical Analysis, 15 May 2008, GSK Stevenage
    Best lecture - Quantification of low levels of amorphous lactose using hydrogen/deuterium exchange and FT-Raman spectroscopy
  • Angelika Galezowska
    University of Southampton
    Structure, 24-25 Feb 2010, Hinckley, Leicestershire
    Best poster - Fragmentation of Quinazolines using ESI-CID MS/MS: Unusual Formation of Radical Product Ions
  • Rajni Milani
    Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde
    Advances in Raman Spectroscopy in Pharmaceutical Analysis, 17 May 2012, London
    Best poster - Solid Form Screening using High Throughput Crystallisation of Pharmaceuticals    

Related Links

Link icon Fragmentation of Quinazolines using ESI-CID MS/MS: Unusual Formation of Radical Product Ions
Further information about Angelika Galezowska's winning poster

Link icon Rajini Miglani - Solid Form Screening using High Throughput Crystallisation of Pharmaceuticals
Further information about Rajini Miglani's winning poster

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Dr Ben Bardsley CChem FRSC