Peter Day Award

The Peter Day Award is for outstanding contributions to, and advancement of, the field of Materials Chemistry. 

2019 Winner

Professor Derek Sinclair

2019 Peter Day Award Winner

Professor Derek Sinclair, University of Sheffield

General information

  • Run annually
  • 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

  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK and Republic of Ireland only
  • Nominees working in any area of materials chemistry are eligible for this award 
  • 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.
  • Greater weight will be placed on recent work
  • 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 a summary of their 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      

The RSC reserves the right to rescind any Prize or Award if there is reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, there is no confirmed or potential impediment to their nominee receiving this prize/award related to their professional standing. Our Professional Practice and Code of Conduct can be referred to as a guide on expected standards.

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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    

Materials Chemistry Division Awards Committee

  • Milo Shaffer, Imperial College London (Chair) 
  • Ian Hamley, University of Reading
  • Derek Sinclair, University of Sheffield
  • Peter Skabara, University of Glasgow
  • Charlotte Williams, University of Oxford
  • Emma Kendrick, University of Birmingham            

Previous Winners

Peter Day Award Previous Winners

2008 - present

History of the Award

Peter Day
The RSC Peter Day Award, previously advertised as the Materials Chemistry Forum Mid-Career Award, was established in 2008, and originally alternated between those specialising in the broad areas of soft matter (even years) and of continuous lattice solids (odd years). This alternation was removed ahead of the 2020 Award, and the award is currently open to those working in any area of materials chemistry.

This award recognises the contributions to Chemistry made by Peter Day. Obtaining his degree from Oxford, he remained there to carry out his doctoral research on inorganic mixed valence compounds and his seminal publication first systematised and rationalised the properties of this important class of materials.

He was one of the first protagonists of the new discipline of materials chemistry whose cause he championed in the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research centred around synthesising and characterising mainly molecular inorganic and metal-organic solids in a search for unusual magnetic and electron transport properties.

Peter also served on many Royal Society and UK Research Council committees, the British Council Science Advisory Committee and the European Science Foundation.

He passed away in May 2020 at the age of 81. 

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Contact and Further Information

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