Bruker Thesis Prize


The ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Bruker Corporation are pleased to announce the 9th Bruker ESR Thesis Prize, set up to recognise outstanding work by PhD students in the field of ESR Spectroscopy. The winner will receive a monetary award and will be invited to give a prize lecture at the 56th RSC ESR Group Meeting organized by Prof Christos Pliotas at the University of Leeds in March 2023. The rules of the competition are:

1. To be eligible for the Bruker ESR Thesis Prize, the thesis defence (a viva voce examination or equivalent) must have taken place within 730 days of the deadline.

2. Applications should be submitted by the thesis author and must include a one-page summary, as well as one-page letters of support from the thesis supervisor and one of the examiners (the external examiner where possible).

3. Theses that were previously submitted for the 2022 competition are still eligible if they fall within the dates above; authors of such theses should contact the secretary ( but need not resubmit the paperwork.

Submissions are shortlisted by the RSC ESR Group Committee. Each of the shortlisted works will be sent to a panel of expert reviewers, appointed by the Committee, for comments on quality, importance, impact and presentation. The Committee will then collate reviewer comments and make an award decision.

The application deadline for the 2023 Bruker Thesis Prize is 12:00 UK time on 01 December 2022.   Applications are closed.

Applications, in the form of four PDF files (one-page summary of the thesis, the full thesis, supervisor support one-page letter, examiner support one-page letter) should be uploaded using the online application system.

Early career postdoctoral researchers may also be eligible to apply for the JEOL prize. The prize is awarded annually on the basis of a lecture given at the RSC ESR group meeting. Details will be made available when abstract submission opens.

The RSC ESR group committee are grateful to both companies for their generous and long-standing support.

Past Bruker Thesis Prize Winners

2023: “New electron spin resonance experiments with tailored waveform excitation”, Dr Nino Wili, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2022: “Dynamical decoupling for quantitative decoherence analysis via noise spectroscopy”, Dr Janne Soetbeer, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2021: “Combining Film Design and Spectroscopic Strategies to Elucidate Triplet Dynamics in Molecular Systems”, Dr Daphné Lubert-Perquel, Imperial College London, UK.
2020: “Nanoscale nuclear magnetic resonance with chemical structure resolution”, Dr Nabeel Aslam, University of Stuttgart, Germany. (Lecture postponed to 2021 meeting)
2019: “Improving the Sensitivity and Utility of Pulsed Dipolar Experiments in EPR at 94 GHz”, Dr Claire Motion, University of St Andrews, UK.
2018: “Magnetic Resonance with Quantum Microwaves”, Dr Audrey Bienfait, CEA-Saclay, France.
2017: “Frequency-Swept Microwave Pulses for Electron Spin Resonance”, Dr Andrin Doll, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2016: “Uncrossing wires: EPR reveals spin delocalization in porphyrin nanoassemblies”, Dr Claudia Tait, University of Oxford, UK.
2015: “Frequency Dependence of Nitroxide Relaxation from 250 MHz to 34 GHz”, Dr Joshua Biller, University of Denver, US.

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