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Materials science is not only one of the fastest growing and most rapidly evolving scientific disciplines, but also one that stands at the forefront of modern technology, spanning every facet of 21st-century life. The Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes leaders within the field of materials science and related disciplines who have brought materials science to the fore and advanced the field through cutting-edge research and thought-leading insight.

In 2020, the Award will comprise an honorarium of USD 4000 and an invitation to author a review in the flagship Materials Today journal.

We are now seeking nominations for the 2020 Award for candidates that have contributed “monumental” work, which has opened a new, significant field of research and resulted in impactful, practical applications. We welcome the nomination of established and recognized candidates that have already made significant and positive contributions to materials' related innovations that have, or are expected to have, a major positive impact on society.

Nominations from the previous 4 years will be automatically considered by the committee.

The 2020 Award is expected to be presented at the Materials Today Reception on Monday 30th November 2020, during the MRS Fall meeting.

Previous winners include Prof M Stanley Whittingham (Binghamton University) for monumental contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries that power today's smartphones, laptops, drones, electric vehicles and more; and Prof Russell Dupuis (GeorgiaTech) for developing metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for the production of III-V compound semiconductor materials, heterostructures, and devices.

Nominations comprise:

  1. a nomination letter (max. 2 pages), containing short descriptions of 1-5 materials related papers or patents by the nominee that consist of significant breakthroughs to the field - highlighting why these discoveries have greatly impacted, or have the potential to greatly impact, society.
  2. one support letter (max. 1 page) from a leading figure within the relevant field.
  3. a short CV (max. 2 pages) outlining the education, appointments, awards/honors, most relevant publications and/or patents (up to 10, total), list of companies(s) that produce products utilizing the nominee’s inventions/discoveries (if any), estimated number of end-users impacted by the products of the invention/discovery of the nominee (if any).

Self-nominations are required, though the support letter must be written by a third party. Attendance at the 2020 MRS Fall meeting, and availability on the evening of Monday 30th November 2020, are required for the winner.

To submit a nomination:

  1. Download and complete the nomination and support letter templates linked below.
  2. Log in/Register to your Materials Today member account below.
  3. Complete the fields which appear below
  4. Upload the completed nomination and support letters, and the short CV, using the fields which appear below.

Nominations must be received by 18th September 2020.

Please note that this award is not open to Government Officials. Full terms and conditions are available here.

If you experience any problems with submitting your nomination, or have any questions, please contact

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