Bruker Prizes


Bruker Prize Lecture 2020

Prof. David Collison

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 EPR/ESR spectroscopy in chemical or biological systems. The ESR Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry is pleased to announce that the 2020 Bruker Prize will be awarded to Prof. David Collison of The University of Manchester. The nominations emphasised David’s seminal contributions to experimental and theoretical fundamentals of transition metal EPR, from bioinorganic chemistry to molecular materials, including his authoritative textbook. Crucially, they also stressed his important and selfless work in developing, supporting and nurturing the EPR community throughout his career. As co-founder and director of the successful EPSRC UK National EPR Facility, he has fostered collaboration not only between EPRists, but also between the EPR and wider science communities. This has had significant impact in widening the application base and popularising applications of EPR across the scientific spectrum.

The list of previous Bruker Prize winners is available here.

Bruker Thesis Prize 2020

The ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Bruker Corporation are pleased to announce the 6th Bruker ESR Thesis Prize, set up to recognize outstanding work by PhD students in the field of ESR Spectroscopy. The winner of the 2020 competition will be invited to give a prize lecture at the 53rd Annual International Meeting of the RSC ESR spectroscopy group, at University of Manchester, 29th March – 2nd April 2020. 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 2019 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 2020 Bruker Thesis Prize was 12:00 (UK time) on 01 December 2019. Applications are now closed.

Applications should be sent, in the form of four PDF files (one-page summary of the thesis, the full thesis, supervisor support letter, examiner support letter) to the ESR Group Secretary — Prof Ilya Kuprov (

Details of past winners are available on our dedicated thesis prize page.

We are grateful to Bruker for their continued support of these prizes.