Bruker Thesis Prize


The ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Bruker Corporation are pleased to announce the 10th 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 57th RSC ESR Group Meeting organized by Dr Ben Breeze at the University of Warwick in April 2024. The rules of the competition are:

1. To be eligible for the Bruker ESR Thesis Prize, the thesis defence (viva voce examination or equivalent) must have taken place within 3 years of the deadline.

2. Applications should be submitted by the thesis author and must include
(a) the final corrected thesis as accepted by the awarding institution
(b) one-page summary of the thesis
(c) letter of support from the thesis supervisor
(d) letter of support from one of the examiners (external examiner where possible).
These documents must be submitted as four separate PDF files. Support letters must include university letterhead.

3. Theses may be submitted for a maximum of two entry rounds which must be in consecutive years. Theses that were submitted for the Prize in the previous round are eligible if they fall within the dates above; authors of such theses should contact the Secretary but need not resubmit the paperwork.

4. The application deadline is 23:59 UK time on 16th October 2024. [From 2025 onwards the entry deadline will be 1st October each year]

The winner will be invited to give a prize talk at the next conference, which will be recorded and made available on the group YouTube channel.

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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