John B Goodenough Award
The John B Goodenough Award is to recognise exceptional and sustained contributions to the area of materials chemistry.
Professor Clare Grey, University of Cambridge
- Run biennially - Closed
- The winner receives £2000, a medal and a certificate
- The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
- The winner will be chosen by the Materials Chemistry 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
- Open to nominees who have spent an appreciable part of their career working in the UK or Republic of Ireland
- 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 website 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
- Professional standing
- Collaborations and teamwork
- Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator
Materials Chemistry Division Awards Committee
- Milo Shaffer, Imperial College London (Chair)
- Fiona Meldrum, University of Leeds
- David Amabilino, University of Nottingham
- Eddie Cussen, University of Sheffield
- Charlotte Williams, University of Oxford
- Emma Kendrick, University of Birmingham
2009 - present
History of the Award
Goodenough received a degree in Mathematics at Yale whilst serving in the U.S. army air force. He went on to become a research scientist and group leader at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for 24 years. During this time Goodenough made significant contributions to the development of the first RAM. He formulated the concept of cooperative orbital ordering to remove d-orbital degeneracy; the resulting crystallographic distortions are Jahn-Teller distortions.
Goodenough also recognized that short-range orbital ordering built in chemical inhomogeneities that enabled control of the magnetic B-H loop for ferrospinel memory cores. He applied the concept of cooperative orbital order to account for the anisotropic magnetic order in the system La1-xCaxMnO3, and formulated the rules for the sign of the spin-spin interactions - the Goodenough-Kanamori rules. In the 1960s, his exploration of the transition from localized to itinerant d-electron behaviour not only resolved the origin of the metallic conductivity found in some perovskites, but also led to his recognition that this transition is first-order and is evident in charge-density waves.
Termination by Congress of such fundamental studies at Lincoln Laboratory led Goodenough to explore energy materials as Professor and Head of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, where he developed layered and spinel oxides as cathodes for the Li rechargeable battery. SONY, of Japan, adopted his layered Li1-xCoO2 cathode to launch the cell telephone and laptop computer initiating the "wireless revolution".
On retirement from Oxford Goodenough joined the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin. His work informs the design of new technical materials with investigations into the relationship between the chemical, structural and electrical properties of solids. Recently he has identified a ceramic anode material for a solid oxide fuel cell operating on natural gas. His work has gained wide recognition, including through receipt of the Japan Prize (2001) and the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award (2009).
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