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British Zeolite Association

The British Zeolite Association promotes zeolite and ordered nanoporous materials science in the UK. It does this through its annual research conference, which brings academic and industrial scientists together to discuss the latest developments in the field, as well as by its support for research students, its summer research bursaries for under-graduate students and other educational programmes and the Founders' Award, an annual prize for the best PhD student working in the area of micro- or mesoporous science and the Barrer Award, which is awarded every three years for the meritorious recent pure or applied work in the field of porous inorganic materials.


The British Zeolite Association is excited to announce that the BZA under the Federation of European Zeolite Association (FEZA) and in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry Porous Materials Interest Group is organising FEZA2021

Important deadline:
Abstract Submission will open: 02 November 2020


These pages provide an overview of the various activities of the BZA, together with news and information on upcoming events, general information about zeolites and some useful links.


COVID-19 Statement

Following the recent developments in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 8th Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA) Conference which was due to take place in Brighton on 12 – 15 July 2020. 

The congress will now take place from 4 – 7 July 2021 remaining at The Brighton Centre and we will automatically be moving the current programme over to the new July 2021 schedule and hope that you are available to attend at this time.Please note that given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.

We are unable to support student travel bursaries for FEZA2021. We apologise for the inconvenience.


The British Zeolite Association will this year, under the auspices of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations, and in collaboration with the RSC Porous Materials Group, organise the 8th FEZA Conference, in Brighton, from 6 - 7 July 2021.

This is a major international zeolite conference of 2021 and is the first such to be held in the UK, following exciting previous events in Sofia, Leipzig, Valencia, Prague and Paris, for example. This is a great opportunity to host our scientific friends and colleagues from around the world and provide an ideal venue for a memorable conference.

Key points
  • Outstanding Program of Invited Speakers
  • All aspects of Nanoporous Solids covered
  • Cronstedt, FEZA and BZA Founder Awards and lectures
  • Industry Sessions
  • Dedicated strand on MOFs, porous polymers, covalent organic frameworks, porous organic cages, and porous carbons
  • Hybrid Porous Solids Session
  • Social Events
  • Exhibition Stalls
  • Associated FEZA Summer School with International Teachers 
  • Abstract Submission: 02 November 2020


The Founders’ Award
The Founders' Award is an annual award for UK based postgraduate student working in the area of micro or mesoporous science. This year it will be awarded at FEZA2021 and will include up to £500 for registration and travel expenses. Deadline for nominations is the 28th of February 2020. For more information please visit 

The Barrer Award
The Barrer Award, jointly awarded by the BZA, the RSC Materials Chemistry Division, and Society of Chemical Industry, for meritorious recent pure or applied work in the field of porous inorganic materials is open for nominations. Deadline for nominations is the 15th of January 2020.

FEZA2021 Post-Conference School
FEZA is organising a 2-day summer school in London. For more information, please see the Annual Meeting page on the BZA website. 

Prof. John Meurig Thomas Obituary
We regret to announce the passing of Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas who was a very eminent scientist who contributed enormously to the field of nanoporous materials. 
Prof. Paul Wright and Prof. Michael Anderson have written the attached obituary to remember John.

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