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NPL scientists win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Awards

National Physical Laboratory (NPL) scientists Dr Andrew Pollard and Dr Paul Brewer take home Royal Society of Chemistry Awards for their contribution to the development of new materials for use in industry and everyday life.

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The 'Rising Star in Industry' and 'Industrial Analytical Science' awards recognised Dr Andrew Pollard and Dr Paul Brewer respectively this year for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry to support developments in graphene and flexible organic electronic devices. This work will go onto benefit a variety of sectors, and form the basis for new products that will in turn improve quality of life.

NPL's Rising Star in Industry

Dr Andrew Pollard's work on graphene, the world's first single-atom-thick material, is predicted to improve many real-world products including, but not exclusive to, batteries, sensors and electronic devices. Its amazing mechanical, electrical and thermal properties are expected to benefit a variety of industries from aerospace to energy.

Andrew's work has helped to take this valuable nanomaterial from the laboratory to the factory floor. He has supported companies producing and using graphene to develop reliable, accurate and comparable measurements. He has also led industrial research and the development of fit-for-purpose measurement methods, as well as international graphene standards, which will enable the emerging global graphene industry to support economic growth and improve quality of life through exciting new products.

Dr Andrew Pollard, Senior Research Scientist at NPL, said: "I feel extremely honoured to receive the Royal Society of Chemistry's Rising Star in Industry Award, as there are so many talented scientists working in industry in many exciting and different areas. I am also very pleased the important area of metrology, particularly for new advanced materials, has been acknowledged, as it is extremely important for companies that want to develop innovative new products.

"Similarly, the effort to produce international standards is not often realised by the outside world, but is a key requirement for economic growth in emerging industries." NPL is continuing to support industry through those measurement challenges.

The Rising Star in Industry Award recognises individuals who have created significant impact in the chemical industry, in the early stages of their careers.

NPL's Industrial Analytical Science Award winner

Dr Paul Brewer's work on developing accurate and traceable methods for the measurement of water vapour transmission rate through materials has supported industry by enabling the durability of products based on flexible organic electronics.

Such materials are highly sensitive to water and oxygen, so are encapsulated with high performance barrier layers for protection. For a barrier layer to perform at the required level, only one drop of water per month may pass through an area of material the size of a football pitch, so measuring this presents a significant challenge.

Paul's pioneering work has provided the infrastructure to underpin measurements of encapsulation performance and support the developments in barrier layer technologies for a range of applications such as displays and photovoltaics. Paul's research and numerous collaborations with industry will enable the next generation of electronic products in the drive towards improving UK prosperity and quality of life.

The Industrial Analytical Science Award recognises the significant contribution Paul has made to analytical science in industry. It was assessed on impact, innovation, technique development, collaboration and ability to inspire others to achieve.

Dr Paul Brewer, Science Area Leader of the Gas and Particle Metrology Group at NPL, said: "I am honoured to have been selected to receive the Royal Society of Chemistry's Industrial Analytical Chemistry Award in recognition of my contribution to the chemical sciences, particularly given the competition. I am also delighted to continue to build on NPL's reputation as an exemplary laboratory where excellent science and engineering is applied to make extraordinary impact."

Rewarding excellence and gaining recognition

The Royal Society of Chemistry's Prizes and Awards recognise achievements by individuals, teams and organisations in advancing the chemical sciences. We want to reward those undertaking excellent work in the chemical sciences from across the world.

There are over 80 Prizes and Awards in our main portfolio, all of which aim to accurately reflect the broad scope of achievement in our community. So whether you work in research, business, industry or education, recognition is open to everyone.

Dr Robert Parker, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said about the Awards: "The chemical sciences are vital for the wellbeing of our world and chemical scientists help to change people's lives for the better. That's why we're so proud to celebrate the innovation and expertise of our community through our Prizes and Awards.

"This year's inspiring and influential winners come from a range of specialisms, backgrounds, countries and communities. Each has done their bit to advance excellence in the chemical sciences – to improve the lives of people around the world now and in the future."

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Last Updated: 11 May 2018
Created: 11 May 2018

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