Group prize

Group prize

Nominations are now being sought for the Woodruff Thesis Prize.





This prize will be awarded by the Thin Films and Surfaces Group (TFSG) of the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the best PhD thesis in the field of Thin Films and Surfaces in the year 2015. The value of the prize is £200 and was established to encourage and recognise high quality research and scientific writing in the field of thin films and surfaces. The winner of the 2015 prize will be given the opportunity to present their research at the 21st Interdisciplinary Surface Science Conference to be held in Manchester in April 2017.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made using the nomination form and submitted to the Chair of the TFSG (currently Neil Curson, at any time before the closing date of 31 July 2016. In addition to the application form, an electronic copy of the thesis should be submitted, with a small section identified that represents the highlight of the thesis.

The qualifying period is the calendar year 2015 during which time the thesis must have been successfully examined for a PhD and the final version submitted (theses originally submitted in 2014 are therefore eligible if they were examined in 2015).

Please note non-TFSG/ non-IOP members can be nominated for the prize provided they are nominated by an IOP member.

Previous recipients:


Dr Ada Della Pia

Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick

Thesis title: "Using electrostatic interactions to control supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces.”


Dr Catherine Doyle

Trinity College Dublin, Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN)

Thesis title: “An Investigation of the Structural and Electronic Properties of Covalently Bonded Molecular Networks on Metal Surfaces Formed Through Debromination Reactions”


Dr David Duncan

Department of Physics, University of Warwick

Thesis title: “Adsorbate structure determination using energy scanned photoelectron diffraction”


Dr Natalia Garcia-Rey

Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool

Thesis title: "Interaction of a Copper Surface with Light: Plasmons, Electrons & Molecular Vibrations".