Energy Sector PhD Thesis Award
The Royal Society of Chemistry Energy Sector will award a £500 cash prize for the best PhD thesis awarded in the field of Chemistry for the Energy Sector. The 2020 Competition is now closed. The 2021 Competition is expected to open in September 2021 with a closing date of 31 Dec 2021.
Open to all candidates that have been awarded (not necessarily graduated) a PhD from a UK university in the calendar year 2020. Their PhD thesis should be original work predominantly in the field of Chemistry that must have application in the Energy Sector.
The RSC Energy Sector Executive Committee decides the prize winner based on a recommendation by the PhD Award Sub-Committee and the decision cannot be challenged.
The purpose of the award is to spotlight UK PhD research in the energy sector. A PhD Award Sub-Committee, formed from RSC Energy Sector Committee and co-opted experts, will assess the application and recommend the winner to the Committee for approval. The Sub-Committee may seek the advice of other professionals (academics, industrialists, RSC advisors/subject champions) to assess the merits of an application.
The PhD Award Sub-Committee will base their assessment on the criteria below from information provided in the candidate’s Executive Summary.
The judging criteria will be based on the following:
- The level to which the work (thesis) addresses a clear identified need in UK or global energy requirements
- The degree to which the work adds significant new understanding to an aspect of the energy sector
- The presentation of the underlying chemistry on which the work is based
- The level to which the work, if implemented, could contribute to quantifiable environmentally sustainable energy provision (CO2 reduction or abatement, reduction in toxic emissions, etc.)
- The dissemination of the results and engagement with the wider community
- Candidates must have been examined and notified of award of PhD (but not necessarily graduated) from a recognised UK university in the calendar year 2020.
- The candidate’s PhD thesis should be original work predominantly in the field of Chemistry that must have application in the Energy Sector.
- Candidates must submit an application via email to the Secretary of the RSC Energy Sector by the deadline of the competition (details of how to submit electronic copy of thesis will be provided on application).
- The RSC Energy Sector Committee decides the prize winner based on a recommendation by the PhD Award Sub-Committee and this decision cannot be challenged.
The application must contain:
- A pro forma application (downloaded from this website).
- Executive Summary of their PhD thesis of approximately 1,000 words highlighting the relevance of the work to the Energy Sector and the RSC's commitment to tackling global challenges, and an electronic copy of their PhD thesis. The Executive Summary should make clear how their thesis contributes to a genuine need of the Energy Sector and explain the environmental, economic and social benefits of the work.
- Candidates should note that the content of their Executive Summary is not the abstract of the thesis and will be the primary source of the judges’ consideration.
- A letter from their main PhD supervisor recommending the candidate for consideration for this prize and confirming that the candidate meets the criteria for eligibility for the competition.
Dr Michael Sachs
Transient spectroscopic studies of disordered semiconductors for solar-driven fuel cells
Dr Harriotte Jessica Pereira
Nanostructured Copper Window and Reflective Electrodes for Organic Photovoltaics
Dr Clementine Chambon
Towards an Economically Viable Ionic Liquids Based Biorefinery: Lignocellulose Fractionation and Value-Added Products from Lignin
Dr Franky Bedoya-Lora
Photo-Electrochemical Reactors with Hematite Photo-anodes for Water and Hydrogen Sulfide Splitting
Dr Abby Casey
Optoelectronic Properties of New Conjugated Materials
2015 Joint winners
Dr Alexander Forse
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Ion Adsorption in Supercapacitor Electrodes
Dr Lisa Kleiminger
Solid Oxide Electrochemical Reactors and Processes for Carbon Dioxide and Water Splitting
Dr Oluwafunmilola Ola
Effect of metal Doping and Supports on TiO2-based Catalysts for CO2 Photoreduction
Dr Alissa Cotton
Engineering Scale-up and Environmental Effects of the Calcium Looping Cycle for Post-Combustion CO2 Capture
2020 PhD Award Announcement and Rules
2020 PhD Award Application Form