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2017 Founders' Award


Congratulation to Matthew Ryder who won this year's Founders' Award for his work on studying mainly mechanical properties of metal-organic frameworks using quantum chemical calculations and neutron scattering experiments carried out at ISIS. Matthew is studying for a DPhil degree in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. He received the Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Preston from the hands of Alan Dyer, one of the founders of the BZA.

The Founders' Award is an annual award for UK based postgraduate student working in the area of micro or mesoporous science. It aims to celebrate the best/most promising postgraduate scientist of the year. The Award will be presented each year at the BZA Annual Meeting and has been devised in honour of the late Professor Lovat Rees, one of the founding members of the British Zeolite Association and one of the father figures of British zeolite science.

The Award consists of a trophy. A scientific committee consisting of both academic and industrial scientists will assess each application. In the event of a draw between candidates, the assessors may use a short telephone interview to determine the overall winner. The award will be announced prior to the BZA conference to allow the winner a reasonable amount of time to arrange their attendance at the conference to receive their award and give a talk.


  1. The candidate must hold, or be studying for a postgraduate degree in a recognised UK institution and clearly working in the area of micro and/or mesoporous materials. 
  2. Candidates should be nominated by their scientific supervisor, with the candidate's permission.
  3. The candidate should submit a one-page summary of their research.
  4. The candidate should also submit a support document containing a list of references, papers, patents, presentations, posters, awards or other addition information.
  5. Only submissions received before the deadline will be considered.


The deadline for submission for the 2018 Award is the 26 January 2018. The winner will be announced on 26 February.

E-mail nominations and research summaries to: The BZA Secretary, Prof Craig Williams. Please use the Subject Line "BZA Founders Award" followed by the family name / surname of the nominee.