BACG Young Scientists Award

The BACG has established this annual award to recognise achievement by young scientists publishing work in the field of crystal growth. The winner will receive a cheque for £250 and an engraved medal and will present the work as an invited paper at the next annual meeting of the BACG, following which the formal presentation of the award will be made by the President of the BACG.

The award is made annually to the candidate achieving the most significant advance in the understanding of the theory, practice or characterisation of crystal growth processes published in the scientific literature in the previous three calendar years.

  • Entries, which are not restricted to members of the BACG, should be based on research carried out in a laboratory in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or by a UK or ROI national working overseas.
  • Candidates should be aged 35 or under at the time of the annual meeting. The work should be submitted in the form of a single paper carrying an acceptance date prior to the candidate's 35th birthday. The candidate should nominate a suitable referee (Head of Department, supervisor or line manager) who may be contacted to comment on the paper & on the extent of the candidate's contribution to the work.
  • The entries are judged by the president of the BACG who may consult widely with national and international experts in the particular area of the entry to ensure that the work of the successful candidate is of the highest quality. BACG reserves the right not to award the prize in any particular year in which entries are deemed not have reached a sufficiently high standard.
  • The winner will present their work in a plenary session at the BACG Annual conference and will receive a free conference and reasonable travel expenses in addition to the award.

Persons wishing to submit nominations for the award should forward a single publication with supporting material to this email address

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Winner of the 2015 Award

Kumar Khamar, University of Limerick

Investigating the role of solvent-solute interaction in crystal nucleation of salicylic acid from organic solvents Journal Of the american Chemical society, 136, 11664, 2014

Winner of the 2014 Award

James Atkinson, University of Leeds

The importance of feldspar for ice nucleation by mineral dust in mixed-phase clouds, Nature  498, 355–358 2013 doi:10.1038/nature12278


WINNER OF THE 2013 AWARD: Kevin Back University of Manchester 

WINNER OF THE 2012 AWARD: Colin Seaton University of Limerick

WINNER OF THE 2010 AWARD: Miss Joanna Stevens University of Manchester
"XPS studies of proton transfer in molecular crystals"

WINNER OF THE 2009 AWARD: Andrew Bond University of Southern Denmark
"The remarkable polymorphism of aspirin"

WINNER OF THE 2008 AWARD: Benjamin J. Murray University of Leeds
The inhibition of ice crystalisation and formation of metastable ice in atmospherically relevant aqueous solutions.
The winning paper can be seen here:

WINNER OF THE 2007 AWARD: Catherine E. Nicholson Durham University
Direct measurement of critical nucleus size in confined volumes.

WINNER OF THE 2006 AWARD: Michelle A. Moram University of Cambridge
Growth of low disclocation density GaN using novel ScN interlayers.

WINNER OF THE 2005 AWARD: Dr. Fabien Silly University of Oxford

WINNER OF THE 2004 AWARD: Dr. Chun Min Chew University of Sheffield

WINNER OF THE 2001 AWARD: Dr Carolyn Koh Kings College, London
Mechanisms of crystal growth of gas hydrates

WINNER OF THE 2000 AWARD: Jonathan Hayes Dept of Physics, University of Bristol

WINNER OF THE 1999 AWARD: Dr Papa Kofi Boateng King's College London
Computer Simulation of Crystallization from Solution, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 1998, 120, 9600-9604

WINNER OF THE 1998 AWARD: Dr Mashud U. Ahmed, NEWI.
Mechanism for photo-assisted MOVPE nitrogen doping of ZnSe

WINNER OF THE 1997 AWARD: Dr Nicholas Blagden, UMIST

WINNER OF THE 1996 AWARD: Dr Tin Cheng Nottingham University

WINNER OF THE 1995 AWARD: Dr Mark Aindow Birmingham University