IOM3 Awards 2017

The winners of the 2017 awards are listed below and will be presented throughout the year.

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Premier Awards

Bessemer Gold Medal

Awarded to Professor John G Speer. John is a leader and spokesman for the steel industry. As a professor at the Colorado School of Mines and Director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Centre, he has contributed significantly to workforce development, with a strong record of attracting students to careers in the steel industry, students who are now positioning themselves to lead the steel industry of the future. He is an active force in a number of professional societies where he has contributed his time to ensure that engineers and scientists at all levels have the opportunity to maintain and advance their careers. He is also a world leader in the innovation and exploitation of new third generation advanced high strength steels, which are critical to maintaining the competitiveness of steel as a material of choice in vehicle designs. 

Chapman Medal

Awarded to Professor Mohan Edirisinghe FREng. Mohan's internationally leading research has created numerous seminal outcomes generating an enormous impact on the global status quo of biomaterials and biomedical engineering, causing a paradigm shift in areas crucial to the betterment of life, particularly healthcare. He was the first to use electrohydrodynamic (EHD) for materials forming and invented two key methods: (i) EHD-printing to pattern bioactive microstructures an order of magnitude finer than those of ink-jet printing, (ii) EHD-jet spraying to produce graded porous/foam structures for tissue engineering. More recently, he pioneered template-assisted EHD-jet forming to create unique nano- and micro-scale structures of bioactive materials (patents granted worldwide) and was the first to demonstrate that such discontinuous coatings offer cellular texturing and huge commercial advantages. Recent work has also included the creation of a family of novel gyratory forming methods for polymeric fibres and microbubbles with industrially attractive yields gaining advancement in key areas such as antimicrobial resistance, tissue engineering. 

Colywn Medal

Awarded to Professor Manfred Klüppel. Since 2002 Manfred has worked there as the Head of Department in the Material Concepts and Modelling Group. DIK is the largest rubber research activity in Europe. In addition, since 2003 Manfred has also been a Lecturer at the Leibniz-University Hannover and he became a full Professor of Polymer Materials in 2013 teaching elastomer physics and rubber technology. His research interests include elastomer based functional materials, reinforcement mechanisms of elastomers by active fillers, polymer fluid dynamics and rheology, soft matter contact mechanics and friction as well as interfacial phenomena in rubber composites and blends. Manfred has published more than 200 scientific papers on polymer science and elastomer physics. In 2009 he co-authored the book "Reinforcement of Polymer Nano-Composites" published by Cambridge University Press. I have seen him lecture on more than 20 occasions at international conferences and workshops in Europe, Asia and USA. His citation h-index is now over 30 with many of his most cited papers being cited in excess of 200 times. These include the seminal papers on Recent advances in the theory of filler networking in elastomers in Adv. Polym. Sci. (2002) and The Role of Disorder in Filler Reinforcement of Elastomers on Various Length Scales in Adv. Polym. Sci. (2003). He regularly delivers workshops about elastomer reinforcement, interfacial phenomena and rubber friction. His contributions to rubber science and technology can be regarded as a physically based understanding of the various phenomena and mechanisms related to the strongly non-linear response of elastomer nano-composites. His scientific achievements include the development of micro-structure based material models that have been applied in numerical simulations with the Finite Element Method. In cooperation with Gert Heinrich (a previous winner of the Colwyn medal in 2015) he has developed a multi-scale contact mechanics and friction theory about rough fractal surfaces, which is widely adopted now in the tyre industry to predict of tire traction on dry and wet roads or other tribological investigations. 

Futers Gold Medal

Awarded to Derek J Barratt CEng FIMMM ARSM. Derek graduated in 1963 with a BSc in Mineral Technology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. He has accumulated 50 years of experience in base and precious metal concentrator operations and metallurgical process design. Derek has extensive expertise in comminution, particularly SAG milling, SAG mill design and operation, tradeoff studies and applying new technologies. Derek has been engaged in plant startups, commissioning, and process optimisation on facilities around the world including the largest grinding plants ever constructed. In 1979, Derek pioneered and published the concept of using Bond Work Indices in equations for use in simulation of mill sizing and grinding circuit design for Autogenous and Semi-autogenous application, pre-dating JK DWT, SMC/DWI, SPI and SAGMILLING.COM. In 2005, he developed Millpower2000, which has the capability of assessing test results from multi-sample Geometallurgical and different test protocol programmes, on a same sample basis and for all recognized ore types. Derek has published 45 technical papers concerning comminution and mineral processing. In addition, he has served as lead lecturer for a SAIMM Comminution School in 1991, as Coeditor and Vice Chair for the SAG1996 and Coeditor and Chair of the SAG 2001 Conferences, and Committee Secretary/Technical Advisor/Editor to the SME Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice, and Control Symposium in 2002.

Gold Medal (jointly awarded)

Awarded to BP Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. BP Exploration and Production Co. Ltd' Materials Team, based in Sunbury-on-Thames and Houston, has long been a front runner in the industrial application of materials in the oil and gas sector. Its 39 materials, welding and corrosion specialists are responsible for materials that must perform in extreme environments including locations 12km beneath the seabed, offshore systems more than a kilometre underwater and immense, remote offshore and onshore gathering, processing, injection and storage facilities. In 2016, the team made significant achievements in materials engineering. It delivered first industrial application of several new high strength material grades. These ground-breaking economic alloys must perform in extreme environments with temperatures in excess of 170°C, pressures exceeding 1,000 bar, in complex and highly acidic fluids. These first applications were a result of a decade of BP directed research and collaboration with the supply chain and build on BPs long history of introducing new materials into oil and gas service: a history that has included not just new alloys, but flexible metal-polymer hybrids, elastomers and composites. In 2016 it led the industry in materials selection, introducing a rigorous approach to assessing performance under high pressure. A decade of effort in developing the science, engineering tools and robust testing methods have enabled BP to lay its first subsea pipeline and install its first downhole casing pipe in systems designed using these principles. For these two applications alone, the work is key to the economic recovery of over 230 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. Furthermore, the Materials Team steers tens of millions of pounds of research, and is responsible for the manufacture, fabrication and operation of materials worth billions of pounds. Through deep collaborations with leading Universities and esteemed Research Organisations, with materials manufacturers and fabricators and partners, the team ensures that BP materials decisions are competitive and safe. The team has worked hard to benefit the Oil and Gas sector as a whole. Its specialists are very active in mentoring the future generation of engineers and in international materials standards covering BSi, ANSI, ISO, NACE and API, where its work as chairs, committee members and country representatives continues to benefit the safety of the industry as a whole. For its contributions to the safe, competitive and innovative use of materials in the Oil and Gas sector both in the UK and overseas, BP's Materials Team is a deserving candidate for the Gold Medal.

Awarded to Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM). CBMM are a privately owned Brazilian company founded in 1955 in Araxá, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on the site of a large niobium ore deposit. Decades of investment in niobium technology, niobium applications and customer service have earned them the position of the world's leading niobium producer. This award nomination is specifically for their mine operation at Araxá, which includes the mine, technology centre, laboratory and environmental centre. It is a world leader in how to operate a mine for the long term, treating the resource responsibly and having a social license to operate. All processing is done on site as well as smelting and so only the high value product leaves the gates. Research and development in the processing and smelting of Niobium, Rare Earths (also present at the site) and the advanced applications of Niobium are also undertaken at the mine site at their state of the art technology, laboratory and process research centre. They have an internationally important resource and want to ensure that the full technological benefit is achieved from it. CBMM has worked diligently to develop applications where niobium is the most efficient technological solution based on its own technical merits. The Company promotes the use of niobium in applications where its properties make it the clear choice due to improved efficiency, safety and performance. The most important application for niobium is as an alloying element to strengthen steel without impairing its ductility properties. Advanced applications include superconducting materials. Decades of investment in the technology of niobium products and processes have resulted in the Company's cutting-edge facilities to process pyrochlore and transform it into some of the most sophisticated solutions to the challenges of the modern age. CBMM's comprehensive program to develop new niobium applications and products invests in technological improvements of the processes used to manufacture niobium products. They provide an online niobium technology library via their website http://www.cbmm.com.br with access to papers on the use of niobium in automotive, pipeline, structural and stainless steels. To develop new niobium solutions, on average 2% of CBMM's revenue is invested in research and development activities that are carried out in-house and in partnership with research institutes, universities and customers. CBMM was the first mining and metallurgy company in the world to obtain ISO 14001 certification. This accomplishment was the fruit of the Company's voluntary implementation of an environmental management system incorporating sound environmental and social practices.

Griffith Medal & Prize

Awarded to Professor Nicola M Pugno. Nicola has more than 320 international journals papers and a vast number of plenary talks. Nicola has innovated extensively in his field especially in the field of Nanomechanics, across several disciplines thanks to his multidisciplinary background in Engineering (where he has a Master and a PhD degree), as well as in Physics (Master degree) and in Biology (PhD). He has pioneering works in carbon nanotubes, graphene, bio-inspired materials, such as gecko-inspired super adhesive surfaces, lotus leaf-inspired super-hydrophobicity and self-cleaning surfaces, limpet teeth-inspired super-strong materials, spider silk-inspired super-tough materials and bone-inspired self-healing materials. He has developed the toughest fibers reaching 1400J/g and has discovered the strongest biological material. He has developed new theories such as Quantized Fracture Mechanics, an extension of the celebrated Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics of Griffith, from where he has removed the hypothesis of the continuous crack growth, in order to treat any defect size and shape and thus also the fracture of nanoscale objects. The theory has been further extended in fatigue and dynamic fracture. Another theory he has developed is that of multiple peeling, whereas before only single peeling problems were tractable. Peeling has a huge implication in understanding different topics from mechanics of composites to biological adhesion. He has received ERC grants to support technology transfer of his work into commercial applications and he is currently working with several high tech industries developing new markets for several different new materials. He also introduced the new concept of Bionicomposites, demonstrating that feeding spiders with graphene or nanotubes results in their spinning of a bionic silk, incorporating the nanomaterials, with superior structural characteristics.

Institute’s International Medal

Awarded to Dr Bob Agar FIMMM. Bob has been the Hon Treasurer of the Western Australia branch of the IMMM since October 1989, when the inaugural Treasurer moved out of the state. Bob has been active in geological and geophysical remote sensing in Australia and especially in South America since that date. He has always upheld the high ethical standards of the Institute and has been an active supporter of the local group, as well as being the Honorary Treasurer throughout the time since 1989.

Medal For Excellence

Awarded to Dr Barry Alan Wills BSc PhD. Barry gained his BSc and PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Leeds (1963–1969). He then joined the mining industry, first with Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines in Zambia and then with Johnson Matthey. In 1974, Barry became a Senior Lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines, a role Barry fulfilled for 22 years. During that period, Barry lectured on mineral processing and compiled an acclaimed book Mineral Processing Technology, which first appeared in 1979. It is now into its 8th edition (2015) and is considered a must-read book for everyone in the minerals profession. To complement Barry’s passion for raising the profile of minerals processing and the dissemination of knowledge, he launched the journal Minerals Engineering in 1988. The journal quickly established itself as a leading publication for sharing the latest developments in minerals processing. The journal continues to enjoy a solid reputation for the quality of its content and Barry is, to this day, the editor in chief. Barry has served the mineral processing community immensely by promoting the distribution and dissemination of mineral processing knowledge within the community of mineral processors and extractive metallurgists worldwide.

Platinum Medal

Awarded to Professor John Wood CBE FREng FIMMM. John has had an outstanding career encompassing academia, industry and government leading to international recognition in the form of appointments, prizes, awards and honorary degrees. His personal research work focused on non-equilibrium processing of metals and alloys for a wide range of applications from high temperature properties to use in medical devices. He worked closely with industry as a consultant over many years, leading overseas missions. As a result of working with Government he took up the position of Chief Executive of the Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils based at the Rutherford-Appleton laboratories. He was founder director and major shareholder during the building of the Diamond Light Source and raised the funds to build the second target station on the ISIS neutron source for soft materials research. He led the UK strategy for Research Infrastructures needed by Europe and he proposed and delivered the first ESFRI roadmap as chair in 2006. He chaired the international committee that led to 12 countries agreeing to build the European XFEL in Germany, which will be the most intense light source in the world allowing materials researchers to look at real time (femto-second) movement of individual atoms. John also chaired the panel that led to the decision to build the European Spallation Source.

Silver Medal for Younger Members

Awarded to Dr Camille Petit. Camille is a Senior Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at Imperial College, which she joined in 2013. Prior to this appointment, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University. She received her PhD in 2011 from the City University of New York, and her MSc and BSc from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier. Her dual training as a chemical engineer and chemist and her expertise in materials science are key to her research and enabled her to set-up an ambitious research programme targeting the development of novel materials for sustainability applications. Her interests are especially around 2D and 3D porous nanomaterials. Camille has made significant contributions to the fields of materials by designing and investigating new nanostructures for various separation and catalytic applications. Her findings have been reported in around 40 publications and two patents. Her work has led to the creation of hybrid nanomaterials used in sustainable chemical processes, such as nanocomposites based on metal-organic framework and graphene oxide. The latter concept has been widely reused by researchers worldwide to produce porous materials with functional properties. Camille’s work has been acknowledged through the IChemE Warner Medal, the French Carbon Group Award and the Springer Thesis Award, among others.

Sir Andrew Bryan Award

Awarded to Eur Ing Norman W Jackson CEng FIMMM FNEIMME. Norman is an acknowledged authority on mining engineering and industry restructuring including environmental impacts and an expert on the practicalities of undersea mining. His experienced has been gained in over 60 years in mining. He has been underground and provided mining guidance in most of the significant mining areas of the world including Russia, Estonia, Poland, South Africa, Chile, Romania, India and most recently China. Norman has been an active member of IMMM since the 1980, elected Fellow and CEng and Eur Ing in 1992 and currently a member of the Mining Technology Board with specific responsibility for environmental advice and lead member for proposed International Conference of Managing Legacies of Mining to be held in 2019.

Sir Colin Humphreys Education Award

Awarded to Dr Francisca da Silva Wheeler MBE CPhys FInstP. As a physics teacher Francisca has promoted the understanding of the strong relationship between this subject and Materials with other teachers, and as a member of the IOM3 Education Committee, she has given valuable insight to the needs of physics teachers, guiding the Institutes' education efforts. Francisca has been active in the planning, development and running of a tremendously wide range of events and teaching situations, especially with enthusing and mentoring students. As well as organising successful teachers' workshops, which helped to spread the understanding of the relevance of materials for teaching the subject of physics, Francisca has personally contributed to the IOM3's Schools Newsletter on a number of occasions. The activities detailed spread across Francisca's full teaching career (beginning in 1984) and into official retirement. Her contributions to the IOM3 Education Committee alone spanned 2003 to 2014.

Awards for personal achievement 

2016 Harvey Flower Titanium Prize (Retrospective)

Professor Fionn P.E. Dunne MEngSc CEng FIMechE FREng. Fionn is a prime driving force behind the understanding of titanium alloy behaviour and its texture evolution during processing. This longstanding output has recently expanded to include the study of new load regimes and provided remarkable insight allowing 3D characterisation of materials using a combination of physics based models and ultrasonics. His output in the field of titanium over the last twenty years has been immense both with respect to scientific endeavour and the increased application space for titanium alloys enabled via improved predictive capability. A recent highlight has been his formation of, and PI role in, the ~£5M HEXMAT programme grant, which has a strong focus on titanium alloys. I understand it is regarded by EPSRC as an exemplar and it is on track to meet its ambitious industrial targets set by the steering group. This is no ‘flash in the pan’ as it builds on Fionn’s exceptional mechanistic understanding of titanium alloys developed over his career to date. It is my belief that we will have a useable tool for the prediction of shear band formation that correctly captures microstructure, length scale and texture – a world’s first. This will enable industry to optimise alloys and microstructure for use in impact environments. However, it is Fionn’s work in the area of cold dwell fatigue that marks him as a truly historic figure in the titanium world. Cold dwell is a complex phenomenon that is the single biggest cause of uncontained titanium rotor bursts in the aviation industry. It has been studied by many research groups around the world over the last 30 years with variable success. Fionn has been able to systematically develop the mechanistic understanding such that the link between specimen and component behaviour has been properly captured for the first time. The highlighted papers in the CV demonstrate the academic prowess required to enable this break through in industrial application. Fionn has a remarkable ability to build multidisciplinary teams to improve our understanding of titanium. This includes world leading experimental micromechanics, microscopists and discrete dislocation / atomistic modelling researchers. The publication record is readily demonstrable, the industrial impact is equally significant for supply chain and titanium end users alike. 

Dowding Medal and Prize 

Mr Michael J Steeper FIMMM. Mick has worked in metals processing technology companies, first in projects and latterly in R&D, for most of his career. His main expertise is in steel rolling, and straddles the boundaries of mechanical engineering, process control and metallurgy. His first employer in the sector was Davy, joining in 1979, and he went on to work in its legacy companies under a series of group owners, including Trafalgar House, Kvaerner, VATECH and Siemens. Mick currently works as an independent industrial technology consultant. Within IOM3, Mick has been an active member of the Iron and Steel Society (and its predecessor, the Steel Division) since the early 1990s. He has also chaired the Institute's Rolling Committee and oversaw its transition to today's Bulk Metal Forming Committee, in which form it now also covers forging and axtrusion. 

Grunfeld Memorial Award and Medal

Dr Michael R Clinch BEng FIMMM. Mike is Director of Innovation at Luxfer Gas Cylinders, based in Nottingham. Mike spent the early part of his career at the UK R&D Centre of Luxfer's former parent company, Alcan. In 1996, he was awarded an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, which enabled him to complete a PhD at the University of Nottingham. After transferring to Luxfer. Mike worked in various technical roles within Luxfer Europe before taking up the position of VP of Technology & Innovation at Luxfer USA in 2009, based in Riverside California. While there, Mike built up a dedicated team that successfully developed and commercialised a number of breakthrough products. Returning to the UK at the beginning of 2013, Mike's current role is to drive growth and profitability by commercialising new products and technologies, in partnership with key customers, and by building strategic alliances with leading universities and research organisations.Mike was admitted as a Fellow of IOM3 in 2007, in recognition of his work to promote the development and application of lightweight materials in both academia and industry. He is currently Chair of the Institute's Light Metals Division and Vice-Chair of the Industry and Technology Strategy Board, and has previously been Chair of the Younger Members Committee and President of the East Midlands Materials Society. Mike continues to serve on various national and international technical committees dedicated to the advancement of the compressed gases industry and broader materials community.

Frank Fitzgerald Medal and Travel Grant 

Dr Edward John Pickering GradIMMM has been a lecturer in Metallurgy in the School of Materials at University of Manchester since 2015. He obtained his first degree from the University of Cambridge in 2011, and was awarded a PhD from the same institution in 2014. His research activities span a broad range of topics across both physical and process metallurgy, and continue to involve collaboration with a number of industrial partners including Rolls-Royce plc and Sheffield Forgemasters International. In particular, he is interested in the study of microstructure development and microstructure-property relationships in steels, as well as the large-scale processing of steels to produce components for nuclear fission and fusion applications. His PhD project examined the macroscopic chemical segregation that can arise during the production of massive steel ingots, and led to a number of influential papers that characterised the resulting defects in a detail never seen before. He has published 21 research papers since beginning his PhD in 2011, acts as a reviewer for several leading materials science journals, and collaborates with a number of international institutions. He now acts as academic outreach lead for the School of Materials at Manchester, and often gives public lectures on the importance of alloys (especially steels). He has received a number of awards for his work, including the IOM3 Royal Charter Prize.

Hadfield Medal and Prize 

Mr John Beswick. John spent 42 years with SKF, the world leading manufacturer of bearings. For a large part of that time he has been recognised as their expert on steels. He is recognised globally as an expert in the design, manufacture, quality assurance and application of bearing steels. During his career, bearing steel performance has improved dramatically, such that in automobiles, for example, wheel bearings have moved from being consumables to components, which generally last for the life of the vehicle. A major contribution to this has been improvements in steel cleanness. In the 1970s and 1980s, John worked with steel makers (including what is now Tata Speciality Steels) to reduce the steel inclusion content of bearing steels resulting in the improvements in rolling contact fatigue resistance which contributed to the dramatic improvement in the performance of bearings mentioned above. Through his understanding of the steelmaking process he was able to give guidance to the steel producers on what changes were required to inclusion content. He was also instrumental in developing the required techniques in order to allow an accurate assessment of changes in inclusion content, something which becomes increasingly difficult as steel cleanness is improved. John has been the author or co-author of eight patents in the area of bearing steels. He has also been closely involved in the organisation of major international conferences on bearings and has been editor of three of the conference proceedings for events organized by ASTM. These books are considered as important reference works on this area. More recently, he has been closely involved on the formation, and has provided technical advice to, the SKF Bearing Steels Research Centre set up under Professor Harry Bhadeshia. John Beswick retired in 2014 but still carries out private consultancy for SKF. John has the rare combination of deep technical understanding combined with the ability to communicate this to senior management as well as at the more practical level along the supply chain from material producers to end users. He is recognised as a world authority on the production and application of bearing steels and recognition of his contribution to this area is long overdue.

Professor Jon Ferriman FIMMM. Jon has track record of over 32 years delivering transformational change within the European Steel Industry. Currently he is Director Technical European Operations, Tata Steel Europe, where he is accountable for the development and deployment of the strategic technical, technological and operational roadmap for Tata Steel in Europe. Jon graduated from Cardiff University with a 1st Class honours degree in Mechanical/Production Engineering subsequently achieving CEng status through the IMechE. He achieved the SBB contribution to the steel industry award for the turnaround of the Llanwern site in 2003. Jon is a strong supporter of the Local Materials Societies in South Wales and has delivered keynote Technical lectures at Society events. Jon's services to the European steel industry have been outstanding, he has driven the innovation agenda in the processes employed in the manufacture of steel, and has made a significant contribution to the development of the steel industry and its importance to the economy nationally and internationally.

Hume Rothery Prize   

Professor Herbert Ipser. In recognition of distinguished achievements concerned with phase relationships in metallic materials or non-metallic materials of metallurgical interest. Over a long career Herbert has established a huge international reputation in research into the thermodynamics and phase diagrams for metallic materials. His main research interests are thermochemistry and phase diagrams of metallic materials; thermodynamic, chemical and physical properties of intermetallics; ordering phenomena in liquids; and lead free solders. He has made major contributions in each of these fields. Nearly all his work has been based at the University of Vienna, where he studied for his PhD under the supervision of Professor Kurt Komarek, although has also had significant experience working abroad and in particular during a two year spell between 1974 and 1976 at the University of Wisconsin with Professor Austin Chang where he helped to compile a major review of phase diagram information for ternary copper-metal-sulphur systems. In Vienna he established a research group with unparalleled expertise in the measurement of thermodynamics properties such as the enthalpies of mixing or formation, vapour pressures and heat capacities, and studies of phase diagrams and the crystallographic properties of individual phases. This is reflected in the long list of his publications and the outstanding quality of the output from his research group. The success of this group results partly from his ability to inspire his colleagues and his careful nurturing of students. He has always been much in demand as a lecturer at international conferences and symposia. One of Herbert's great successes came in 2002 when he successfully initiated the European Project COST531 on lead free solder materials. This was later hailed as one of the most successful European projects ever bringing together research groups from 21 European counties in one collaborative venture. In a successor project MP0602 on high temperature lead free solders Herbert acted as the Austrian representative. He has been in much demand in serving on various other committees during his career including those within the University of Vienna. In 2012 he became president of the Austrian Chemical Society. He has been heavily involved in the organisation of numerous conferences and symposia including "Thermodynamics of Alloys" in 1988 and 2004, High Temperature Materials Chemistry in 1994 and 2006 and the European Conference on Solid State Chemistry in 2015, all of which were held in Vienna.

Ivor Jenkins Medal

Dr Paul Nurthen. Dr Nurthen has spent 33 years working mainly with the production and application of water atomised high speed powders. This has helped in the understanding of these powders and the creation of production facilities in Europe, which successfully supply the majority of global demand for these press and sinter powders. With an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a PhD for work on the Rheocasting process from Sheffield University Dr Nurthen's involvement in particulate engineering started in 1983 as a teaching company associate in a scheme set up between Surrey University and Powdrex. In 2008 a wear resistant powder alloy was patented and launched at the PM World Congress in Washington and Dr Nurthen has been a named inventor on five Powdrex and three Hoganas patents. 

James S Walker Award 

Katherine Danks. For a student project, already examined, on the subject of polymers. 

Kroll Medal and Prize

Professor Stephen Skinner CSci CChem FHEA FRSC FIMMM. Professor Stephen Skinner is an expert in the solid-state chemistry of functional oxide materials for application in high temperature electrochemical devices for clean and efficient energy conversion and storage. He has made very significant contributions in important commercial application areas, including the development of materials for reversible Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) and in materials for chemical and thermal sensors. He has pioneered the development of oxygen excess oxides with interstitial oxide ions as the mobile species, at a time when the major thrust was the development of the exact opposite, oxygen deficient materials with mobile oxygen vacancies. These oxygen excess oxides are mixed conducting oxides for a variety of important industrial uses including cathodes in reversible SOFCs, membranes for the separation of oxygen from air and materials for chemical sensors. In particular, he is an expert in the synthesis and characterisation of Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) layered oxide phases for use as SOFC cathodes, he was the first to demonstrate the very high oxygen ion mobility in the 214 Ruddlesden-Popper layered oxide La2NiO4+dd. He has continued the development of these materials to show the possibility of using other higher order RP phases for the same applications. More recently he has developed a new class of materials based on the monoclinic fergusonite materials CeNbO4+dd, which have shown a remarkable degree of ionic conductivity for such a low dimensional solid. The synthesis and development of such materials is central to the commercialization of devices such as the solid oxide fuel cell and oxygen separation membranes.

Leslie Holliday Award 2017 

Dr Terry McGrail. Terry can be considered as the primary person behind the development of second generation toughened epoxy systems for aerospace composites applications, namely the ‘977 family’ of thermoplastic modified high temperature epoxies, which have been used worldwide in the industry for the last 30 years. After a degree and PhD in Chemistry obtained at University of Sheffield, Terry worked within the powerhouse Research and Development team of ICI at Wilton from the 1980s, concentrating on the development of commercial toughened thermosets. The team eventually became part of the Cytec/Fiberite activity, with major developments and commercialisation of new matrix resins occurring in the 1980s. During this time Terry and co-workers were frequent contributors at all major composites conferences and published a considerable number of highly academic papers in peer reviewed journals. In the 1990s Terry was appointed Visiting Professor at Universities of York and Sheffield, and later was associated closely with the group of Professor Frank Jones at University of Sheffield. This led to his appointment as Research Director at the AMRC in Sheffield, a post he held for 2 years before becoming Director and Technology Leader of the Enterprise Ireland Irish Centre for Composites Research, established in 2010 and hosted at the University of Limerick. 

Institute’s Technician Medal

Awarded to Mr Matthew Graham EngTech TIMMM. Matthew joined British Steel in 2012 as a Technical apprentice, from the early stages of his apprenticeship he was clearly a talent amongst his peers, performing well in all his work placements and comfortably achieving a distinction in his BTEC in Applied Science. As a consequence of his performance the company sponsored him to study a Materials Engineering Degree at Sheffield Hallam University at which he is progressing well and achieving strong results. After completing his Apprenticeship in 2015, Matthew took up a position as a Junior Technologist. This role within British Steel involves undertaking placements across the steelworks to drive critical improvement projects. His first project was at the Plate mill working on improving mill yield and had good success. In late 2015, Matthew was awarded the IOM3 prize of Technician of the Year. Matthew has extraordinary data handling skills and knowledge of steel mill processing and products. In November 2016 Matthew returned to his technical career and secured a promotion to the role of Area Technical Manager for the Billet and Slab Continuous Casting machines. In this role he is responsible for the technical development and quality control of two machines manufacturing nearly one million tonnes per year.

Local Society of the Year (Large)

Awarded to North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME). NEIMME has made a huge step during 2016 in planning for a major future change. The Institute has gone from being on the verge of having to sell its Grade 2* listed building, to an award of £4.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £100,000 from the Reece Foundation. The decline of the Institute's fortunes has been long term with annual financial losses meaning closure was an imminent risk. Nonetheless the Institute resolved that the only route to diminishing risk of closure was to complete the purchase of the building. The support of Newcastle City Council with a mortgage, made the purchase possible. However, a search for a tenant led to a single option, which would have required the sale of the building with only a 25-year tenancy of the top-floor available for the Institute. Faced with this existential decision, the Institute Council responded by recommitting to a final attempt to find a future that could retain the integrity of the Royal Chartered Institute itself and its building and collection. A new Vision for the Future was adopted and a HLF application based around this was successfully submitted. We are now trying to raise the remaining £2m necessary to release the £4.7m, which will enable us to retain the integrity of the collections, the building and the Institute in perpetuity.

Local Society of the Year (Small)

Awarded to Newport and District Materials Society (NDMS). NDMS has faced difficult times with the decline of the metals processing industry in its catchment area. The combination of plant closures and severe manning reductions in the steel and aluminium industries in the area has meant far fewer materials scientists employed. In 2003 the name was changed to the Newport and District Materials Society to reflect the importance of other engineering materials and to reduce the emphasis on steel. The Society also decided to focus more attention on Cardiff University School of Engineering. Whilst the Society could generate interest in its activities, to encourage significant student participation it needed to stage events at Cardiff University. The lecture programme now takes place almost exclusively in Cardiff University and this has resulted in healthy attendance at meetings and lively post lecture debate. Whilst Cardiff University does not actually have a Materials Engineering department, engineers from a range of disciplines attend the meetings and contribute to the richness of the debates. 
The selection of the lecture programme is clearly important and much thought goes into generating a diverse programme.
Communication is vitally important and in 2015–16 N&DMS developed Facebook and Twitter accounts to augment the website, emails and posters to ensure that potential participants are kept informed of our activities.

Outstanding Contribution Awards

Awarded to Mr Antony Francis CEng FIMMM ARSM. Antony Francis is the Chair of the Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy (MP&EM) division of IOM3. Tony leads the division with distinctive flair and enthusiasm. For example, one of his first actions as Chair was to increase attendance of Board meetings and to identify and prioritise actions for the Board membership. A primary objective was to grow membership of IOM3 by advocating a renewed focus on the interests of stakeholders of the division. A smart divisional flyer was produced and a divisional website was launched to promote the division. And to actively engage the membership, Tony has been a strong voice of developing activities such as dedicated conferences and informing the membership through a dedicated divisional newsletter, which has been published regularly since 2015. Tony has shown tremendous leadership in initiating such activities, providing direction, support, and encouragement to those involved. And his efforts certainly appear to be producing results: a notable increase in new members to the division (and IOM3) has been observed during his tenure as Chair. Tony stands out for his commitment to the division and IOM3, always producing well-written minutes of board meetings himself while taking on many of the allocated tasks. An example of Tony's success was to secure industrial sponsorship for the Geometallurgy 2014 and Minerals and Metals Production from Mine to Market 2015, the first conferences organised by the MP&EM division. The attendance of the first conference was 56 delegates, rising to 79 at the second conference. This suggests that the growing engagement with stakeholders is creating a vibrant MP&EM community within IOM3. A further conference, Emerging Trends in Minerals Engineering, is planned to take place in December 2016, while an event for 2017 has been proposed. This highlights Tony's success in building sustained involvement of MP&EM members with IOM3 and ensuring that the MP&EM division is in a good position to contribute towards the goals of IOM3 well into the future. Tony has been a member of the MP&EM Board since its inception in 2005 and provided leadership as the Chair since May 2011.

Awarded to Mr Andrew True FIMMM. Andrew has been a member of the Institute of Wood Science/Wood Technology Society for 42 years. He is immediate past Chairman of the WTS and was a member of the IOM3 Membership Committee. He was President of 'The Wood Forum' for three years in the late 1980s. A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Management, Andrew has a B. A. (Hons), Business Studies and is a FIMMM. Andrew has worked for North American (both Canada and the USA) companies and as an independent timber agent on behalf of North American and European companies, in part developing markets for wood and wood products in the UK and Japan. Following affiliation with the IOM3 of the Institute of Wood Science and its re-emergence as The Wood Technology Society, Andrew is the first WTS chairman to fully embrace the IOM3 ethos and has been instrumental in starting the renaissance of The Wood Technology Society. He is also currently the WTS 'webmaster' and is an approved assessor for the IOM3.

Rosenhain Medal & Prize

Awarded to Dr Sarah Haigh ProfGradIMMM. School of Materials, University of Manchester. Sarah is a world leader in the development of novel techniques for the study of materials at the nanoscale using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Her pioneering work, particularly in relation to low dimensional and 2D materials has engendered high profile national and international collaborations. This research has resulted in over 100 papers, some 70 of which have been published in the last three years, many in high-impact outlets including Nature Materials, ACS Nano and Ultramicroscopy. Sarah's interests involve the use of cutting edge microscopy techniques to address a wide range of materials challenges. She has aided the development of novel electronic devices that harness the unique properties of 2D materials. She performed the first atomic-scale cross-sectional imaging of 2D material heterostructures, demonstrating that interfaces could be made atomically sharp, which has opened up the field to production of bespoke devices. More recently a similar approach has been applied to the challenging imaging of microfluidic channels. She has worked with chemists to help them to optimise the synthesis of novel 2D materials and with biologists to understand the impact of these materials in vivo. Underpinning these materials science investigations is Sarah's passion for with the development of fundamental microscopy techniques. She has pioneered quantitative and three dimensional elemental mapping to study the three-dimensional distribution of metals in bimetallic nanoparticles nanosized precipitates in nickel superalloys. She has developed elemental imaging for environmental (including liquid) cells in STEM and demonstrated the first nanometre scale EDX mapping of fully hydrated minerals. Finally, she has published five book chapters on electron microscopy techniques and edited the second edition of the popular Nanocharacterisation textbook published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Rowbotham Medal

Awarded to Dr Nan Li ProfGradIMMM. Dr Nan Li is a senior researcher in the Metal Forming Group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London. She is an innovative young research scientist and has contributed 11 patented technologies [b1-b11] on novel low-cost materials processing technologies for the production of high-strength, lightweight and complex-shaped panel components for automotive body and chassis structures from a family of advanced materials, such as Ultra High Strength Steels and aluminium alloys. Her research outcome has delivered significant impact to the automotive industry. For example, she has developed a new process for hot stamping boron steels with tailored microstructure and mechanical properties for high performance safety-critical panels, during her PhD project sponsored by SAIC Motors UK, which can reduce production cycle time by 30%; she is one of the key inventors for a novel low-cost aluminium hot stamping technology, HFQ® (which is a trade mark owned by Impression Technologies Ltd). By collaborating with Lotus, Fiat, and other 11 industrial partners across the automotive manufacturing supply chain, she has further developed material processing routes to reduce material cost by 20% [b7] and ageing time by 95% [b6], and has improved the forming process to enable fast heating and enhanced drawability [b4]. Based on the innovative HFQ®-Aluminium, a spin-off company, Impression Technologies Ltd, has been established for exploiting the novel materials process technology in automotive industry. It is envisaged that the use of lightweight stamping technologies on car body and chassis structures could achieve over 40-50% weight reduction, which results in 20-25% fuel-saving and 28.6-35% CO2 reduction. Dr Li has demonstrated that she is simultaneously capable of fundamental scientific developments and of promoting exploitation and commercialization. By having graduated from PhD for only three years, she already has nine awarded/filed patents, 20 published refereed journal papers, eight oral presentations at international conferences, including a keynote; at the same time, she has built particularly strong industrial links, evidenced by nine invited talks. Her proposed research on hybrid forming, hot stamping for automotive lightweight structures is favoured by her extensive industrial collaborators, including Lotus, Fiat, SAIC (UK and China), Aisin Takaoka (Japan), TATA Steel, AP&T (Sweden), PAB Coventry, ESI (France), etc. She has been the executive manager for an EU Project (€6M) to apply high-strength aluminium on cars with low cost; she is establishing an industrial-sponsored 'Lightweight Stamping Technologies laboratory' at Imperial with initial £1M funds.

Roy T Holland Medal and Prize 

Awarded to Mr Francis Morrall FIMMM. Francis is recognised for his contribution to the UK and EU ceramic manufacturing sector. Through his long and distinguished role at the trade association, he has done much to promote the collective interests of the ceramic industry, especially the traditional facet of the sector (heavy clay, whitewares, refractories and industrial ceramics) and to safeguard the entire industry's prosperity; acting on its behalf in discussions and negotiations with policy makers and regulators. The entire sector has derived much benefit from his varied accomplishments.

T B Marsden Professional Award

Awarded to Mr Gervais Sawyer FIMMM. Gervais has been an Institute of Wood Science/Wood Technology Society member for 50 years. He is currently editor of the International Wood Products Journal and a board member of the Wood Technology Society. He is a FIMMM. As senior lecturer and researcher at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University for 31 years (1976-2007), Gervais has been instrumental in the education of many hundreds of wood industry professionals. He has trained saw doctors from all over the world. During those 31 years he has also tirelessly promoted the wood industry as a career to young people and to those seeking a change of career. In 'retirement' he continues with research and consultancy; he is technical consultant and an examiner for the Property Care Association; a member of the Wood Protection Association technical committee; consultant to the British Woodworking Federation. He also continues to attend careers fairs, oft times single handed, promoting, in his own unique style, the wood industry as a career to young people.

Thomas Medal and Prize 

Dr Jose Henrique Noldin. Jose has a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering. He has almost 20 years' experience in the mining and steel industries worldwide particularly, Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia. Between 1997 and 2011 he worked in Brazil for Technored, part of the mining company Vale, reaching the position of Technical Manager. In this position he was a leading figure in the development of the Technored ironmaking process (an alternative to other alternatives to the blast furnace such as Finex, Hismelt and Corex), taking the idea from conception to pilot plant stage. Since 2011 he has worked for the Belgian company Lhoist, a major manufacturer of lime and limestone products, inc. products for the steel industry. His current position is Project Director, responsible for leading innovation projects from inception to commercialisation on a global scale. He is the author of over 120 articles and papers on iron and steel-related topics including: new and emergent ironmaking technologies, sustainability, energy efficiency and raw materials. He has a patent on dephosphorisation of steel. He has been a regular contributor to and reviewer of papers for the IOM3 journal Ironmaking and Steelmaking, and was appointed to its Editorial Board in 2011. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and French, together with a working proficiency in Spanish. He has given many lectures, including some keynotes at international conferences and received a number of industry awards over the years in recognition of his contribution to the steel industry.

Thornton Medal

Awarded to Dr Rachel Waugh. Rachel has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering. Rachel co-authored Sustainable Materials with both eyes open, which is based on the WellMet2050 project exploring all credible means for meeting 2050 CO2 targets in the steel and aluminium sectors. This book was placed in Bill Gates' list of top five books to read in 2015. Rachel's expertise was invaluable in the sections on steel and future energy use and emissions. Of note is Rachel's work on the integrated BF-BOS versus EAF steelmaking routes. In world terms the integrated BF-BOS route predominates at 75% of steel production. The ratio of BF-BOS to EAF route does, however, vary significantly country to country, reflecting local market, raw material availability and politics. Rachel's analysis indicates that with worldwide decreasing resources and increasing environmental requirements, the blast furnace has a limited future and that the electric arc furnace route will become the primary steelmaking route. Her work explores the underlying drivers of steel production to predict the fate of the blast furnace as a steelmaking route. Steel production is driven by demand for stocks of steel products and increases in steel stocks are driven by population growth and economic development. However, per-capita steel stocks are expected to saturate with economic development leading to the long-term saturation of steel demand. Combined with an increase in the availability of end-of-life scrap, this suggests that the electric arc furnace route will be increasingly dominant.

Tom Colclough Medal and Prize 

Ms Nancy Baddoo. Nancy Baddoo, Associate Director at the Steel Construction Institute, has played a crucial role in the application development of stainless and high strength steels for structural purposes. Over her 30 year career Nancy has led a body of work that has facilitated the development of stainless steels as structural materials, particularly for bridges and structural elements in buildings. Her work has seamlessly spanned the academic and industrial design engineering fields, working with major European steel producers whilst retaining a close relationship with Imperial College and other international academic institutions active in the field, particularly in Hong Kong and China. The translation of academic advancement into new, practicable engineering guidance has been a feature of her career. Nancy was the lead contributor to the development of the extensive Design Manual for Structural Stainless Steel. This document is the original, seminal text for design engineers working with stainless steels. Although aimed initially at a UK audience designing to British codes, the Manual is now in its third edition and used throughout Europe as the design guidance document when designing stainless steel structures in accordance with Eurocodes. The work was so successful in Europe that Nancy was invited to develop and document similar design rules for US building codes, resulting in the publication of the American Institute of Steel Construction Design Guide 27: Structural Stainless Steel in 2013. Nancy is an acknowledged international expert in this field. She chairs the European Working Group responsible for the development of Eurocode 3 Part 1-4 Structural Design of Stainless Steel. She regularly publishes articles in peer reviewed journals and is a regular invited presenter at conferences and seminars around the world. She has managed a number of European/RFCS multi-partner projects relating to structural stainless and high strength steel in construction, fire engineering, and energy efficient buildings. Prior to Nancy's thirty years of work, there were very few examples of the constructional use of stainless steels in the world, except in highly specialist applications. Building applications were largely restricted to external architectural cladding, and internal fittings such as lifts and escalators. 

Verulam Medal and Prize

Awarded to Professor Ian Reaney CEng FRMS FIMMM. Ian joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1994, as a PDRA, then as a Lecturer from 1995 followed by eventual promotion to Professor in 2007. He attained his PhD from the University of Manchester in 1989 and worked as post-doctoral researcher at the University of Essex before joining the group of Professor Setter at the Laboratoire de Ceramique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland in 1991. He is the deputy Head of MSE and Director of Teaching. The main theme of Prof Reaney's research is the use of analytical and high resolution transmission electron microscopy to study the structure and microstructure of electroceramics. He has specialised in recent years in the study of microwave and piezoelectric materials in which fields he has many key papers. His research activities are mainly concerned with materials and devices for sensor and actuator applications as well as dielectric resonators and antennas for microwave communications. He also has an active interest in bioactive glass ceramics for bone augmentation.

Awards for published work

Adrian Normanton Award

F. He, D.-F. He, Z.-H. Deng, A.-J. Xu & N.-Y. Tian, (Development and application of mould-breakout prediction system with on-line thermal map for steel continuous casting)

Alan Glanvill Award

P. Kubik, M. Zatloukal, J. Vlcek & T. Womer (Three-dimensional finite element method simulation study of fusion screw geometry)

Billiton Gold Medal 

Y.H. Luo, D.Q. Zhu, J. Pan & X.L. Zhou (Thermal decomposition behaviour and kinetics of Xinjiang siderite ore)

Composite Award

W. S. Sum, K. H. Leong, L. P. Djukic, T. K. T. Nguyen, A. Y. L. Leong & P. J. Falzon (Design, testing and field deployment of a composite clamp for pipeline repairs)

Cook/Ablett Award

T. L. Martin, A. Radecka, L. Sun, T. Simm, D. Dye, K. Perkins, B. Gault, M. P. Moody & P. A. J. Bagot (Insights into microstructural interfaces in aerospace alloys characterised by atom probe tomography)

Douglas Hay Medal

D. P. Sainsbury, B. L. Sainsbury & E. Sweeney (Three-dimensional analysis of complex anisotropic slope instability at MMG’s Century Mine)

Guy Bengough Award

M. Rogowska, J. Gudme, A. Rubin, K. Pantleon & R. Ambat (Effect of Fe ion concentration on corrosion of carbon steel in CO2 environment)

M. Rogowska, J. Gudme, A. Rubin, K. Pantleon & R. Ambat (Effect of Fe ion concentration on fatigue life of carbon steel in aqueous CO2 environment)

Mann Redmayne Medal

C. Drover & E. Villaescusa (Estimation of dynamic load demand on a ground support scheme due to a large structurally controlled violent failure: A case study)

Mann Redmayne Medal

J. P. Sykes, J. P. Wright & A. Trench (Discovery, supply and demand: From Metals of Antiquity to critical metals)

Mann Redmayne Medal

J. Zhao & C. E. Loo (Dependence of flame front speed on iron ore sintering conditions)

Materials World Medal

Julian Allwood (The future of steel: Time to wake up)

Materials World Medal - Highly Commended

Alastair Marsh (Building out of poverty)

Pfeil Award

A. Paul, J. G. P. Binner, B. Vaidhyanathan, A. C. J. Heatonand & P. M. Brown (Heat flux mapping of oxyacetylene flames and their use to characterise Cf-HfB2 composites)

Wardell Armstrong Prize

J. Dumouchel, F. Hees & M. P. Alvin (Coastal evolution and associated titanium sand mineralisation of Jangamo district, Inhambane Province)

Williams Award

T. N. Baker (Microalloyed steels)

Awards from other bodies

2016 Vanadium Award (Retrospective)

B. Hutchinson, D. Martin, O. Karlsson, F. Lindberg, H. Thoors, R. K. W. Marceau & A. S. Taylor (Vanadium microalloying for ultra-high strength steel sheet treated by hot-dip metallising)

Beilby Medal & Prize

Associate Professor Ken-Tye Yong

Charles Hatchett Award

J. Takahashi, K. Kawakami, J.-I. Hamada & K. Kimura (Direct observation of niobium segregation to dislocations in steel)

Robert Perrin Award

Awarded to Dr Jess Wade. While doing her PhD Jess established the Women in Physics community and helped to write the Department of Physics' Athena Swan application. She worked with the Girls' Day School Trust and IOP Girls in Physics project to support teachers and empower students to study physics A-Level. She delivered weekly STEAM engineering classes at Wimbledon primary and sixth form revision classes at Wimbledon High School. Jess established Greenlight4Girls where 200 girls took part in 18 different workshops from a host of organisations. In early 2017 she arranged the regional Big Bang Fair at Sutton Grammar School (SGS), which was attended by 1,000 students. She won a RAEng grant to hold a two-day engineering hackathon for young women from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2015 she won I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here, the IOP's Early Career Physics Communicator award, and the Department of Physics Research Symposium communication award. Jess is on the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Young Women's Board (WYWB) and Women's Engineering Society (WES) centenary committee to promote effective engineering educational initiatives for young women.

STWJ Best Paper Prize

M. Alizadeh-Sh, M. Pouranvari & S.P.H. Marashi (Welding metallurgy of stainless steels during resistance spot welding Part II: Heat affected zone and mechanical performance)

STWJ Best Paper Prize

M. Pouranvari, M. Alizadeh-Sh & S. P. H. Marashi (Welding metallurgy of stainless steels during resistance spot welding Part I: Fusion zone)


Medals and prizes not awarded

Prince Phillip Medal  

John Hunt Medal 

Medals and prizes not available in 2017 

Hancock Medal

Stokowiec Medal

Swinburne Medal

Tom Bell Surface Engineering Award