The Peter Day Prize, 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 in 2019, and the prize is currently open to mid-career scientists 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.