Bruker Prize Lecture 2019


Prof. Marina Bennati

Since 1986 Bruker BioSpin has generously sponsored an annual lectureship and prize, given to a scientist who has made a major contribution to the application of ESR spectroscopy in chemical or biological systems. The ESR Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry is pleased to announce that the 2019 Bruker Prize will be awarded to Prof. Marina Bennati. As the nominations highlighted her outstanding work spans not just ESR but also the neighbouring disciplines of NMR and DNP. Even within EPR the scope of her work is large and impressive including both state of the art ESR methods applied to biophysics, instrumental development (e.g. dual mode cavity for W-band, rapid freeze quench for multi-frequency ESR) and theoretical accounts of the results (e.g. CP-ENDOR and orientation selection)

The list of previous Bruker Prize winners is available here.

Bruker Thesis Prize 2019

The ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Bruker Corporation are pleased to announce the 5th Bruker ESR Thesis Prize, set up to recognize outstanding work by PhD students in the field of ESR Spectroscopy. The winner of the 2019 competition will be invited to give a prize lecture at the 52nd Annual International Meeting of the RSC ESR spectroscopy group, at University of Glasgow, 7th–11th April 2019. The rules of the competion are:

1. To be eligible for the Bruker ESR Thesis Prize, the thesis defence (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 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 2018 competition are still eligible if they fall within the dates above; authors of such theses should contact Ilya Kuprov (as below) but need not resubmit the paperwork.

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

The application deadline for the 2019 Bruker Thesis Prize was 12:00 (UK time) on 01 December 2018. Applications are now closed.

Any enquiries about the thesis prize should be directed to the ESR Group Secretary — Dr Ilya Kuprov (

We are grateful to Bruker for their continued support of this prize.

Details of past winners are available here.