Brian Kelly Award

This annual award was established in 1996 by the British Carbon Group in memory of Brian Kelly, a leading authority on the physics of graphite.

The award is intended as a travel grant for students and early career researchers with up to ten years postdoctoral experience to attend the annual World Carbon Conference. Anyone living or working, at the time of that conference, in the country where the conference is held is not eligible. As a consequence, applications will not be accepted from China on this occasion.

The award is made upon the basis of an appraisal of THREE documents:

  1. The extended abstract or paper as submitted to the C2011 conference
  2. A short CV (with the date of the award of PhD if applicable)
  3. A commentary provided normally by the candidate's supervisor or close colleague. 

Self-nomination is not permitted. The Award Committee of the British Carbon Group will determine the successful applicant.

The award is currently five hundred pounds sterling (£500) and is presented at the time of the conference with a certificate. It is a condition of the award that the winner attends the conference and presents his or her paper either orally or as a poster.

Applications may be sent to the Chairman of The British Carbon Group. Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply.

Past Winners

  • 2010 Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany. 
  • 2009 Gemma Haffenden, Theoretical Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials group, University of Sussex, UK. 
  • 2008 Denisa Hulicova-Jurcakova, ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, University of Queensland, Australia. 
  • 2007 Philip Adelhelm, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Potsdam, Germany 
  • 2006 An-hui Lu, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kohlenforschung, Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany and Emmanuel Flahaut Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France (two awards) 
  • 2005 No award 
  • 2004 Q.H.Yang, Tohoku University, Sendai Japan. 
  • 2003 No award 
  • 2002 J. Y. Howe, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA and M. Guellali, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (two awards) 
  • 2001 Z.-X. Ma, Tohoku University, Japan 
  • 2000 J. Klett, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA and J. Andresen, Penn State University, USA (two awards) 
  • 1999 no award 
  • 1998 B. Fathollahi, University of California, San Diego, USA 
  • 1997 J. Barbosa-Mota, Inst. Biologia Experimental e Tecnologica, Oeiras, Portugal 
  • 1996 Y. Kawabuchi, Kyushu University, Japan 

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly was a world authority both on the physics of graphite and on irradiation damage in solids. He was born and educated in Wales and spent most of his career working for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, UKAEA.

One of his major contributions at UKAEA was to the development of specifications for the isotropic graphite required for the graphite core for the British Advanced Gas cooled Reactors, AGR. Brian’s approach, which he carried out brilliantly, was to underpin engineering design data with an understanding of the basic science. For example he related the irradiation-induced dimensional changes in the graphite bricks in the reactor core to the displacement of atoms in the graphite crystal.

Brian made many contributions to the basic science of graphite, much of it summarised in his much sought after book ‘The Physics of Graphite’, Applied Science Publishers, 1981. In 1981 he also received the Charles E Pettinos Award of the American Carbon Society for ‘ his many contributions to the theoretical and experimental aspects of the physics of carbon and graphite….’ After his retirement from the UKAEA, Brian was engaged as a consultant by Oak Ridge National Laboratories, USA. During a productive association with ORNL, Brian worked on a number of projects including graphites for high temperature gas-cooled reactors and the mechanisms of irradiation induced creep of graphite.

Brian was an engaging person who wore his formidable learning lightly. At conferences he enjoyed vigorous but good-natured discussions on many topics but particularly on the physics of graphite.


Contact and Further Information

Dr Geoff Fowler CChem MRSC
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7594 5973