The Founders’ Award is for UK based postgraduate scientists
working in the area of micro and/or meso porous science. It is
aimed to celebrate the best and/or most promising postgraduate
scientist of the year. The Award will be presented each year at the
BZA annual Meeting. The Award has been devised in Honour of Lovat
Rees, one of the father figures of British Zeolite Science and one of
the founders of the British Zeolite Association.
The 2011 winner was James Paterson, who did his PhD on "Exploitation of synergy in oxidation catalysis with bimetallic aluminophosphate catalysts" with Robert Raja at the University of Southampton. Congratulations!
The Award will consist of a trophy
(Founders’ cup) and a cash prize. A scientific committee consisting of
both academic and Industrial Scientists will assess the application.
In the event of dead-heats by assessors a short phone interview may be
used. The Award will be announced in good time before the BZA
conference each year to allow the successful candidate reasonable time
to arrange attendance to receive their award.
The criteria for application is
- The key criteria is that the candidate
must hold a first degree or equivalent and be studying for a
postgraduate degree in a recognised UK institution and clearly
working in the area of micro and/or mesoporous materials.
- The candidate should then submit a
one-page summary of their research with an accompanying note of
nomination from their academic supervisors.
- The one page summary should be
appended with a list of references, papers, patents,
presentations, posters, awards or other addition information.
- Only submissions received before the
announced deadline will be considered.
The 2012 Award will be presented at the Summer International BZA
Meeting in Chester. The deadline for application is May 25th, 2012. Submissions should be sent to the BZA
Secretary, Professor Craig Williams, at
The winner will be announced Friday, June 8th.
David J. Law, PhD, MRSC, BZA