Group prize

Group prize

Nominations are now being sought for the Woodruff Thesis Prize.





The Woodruff Thesis prize is awarded annually by the Thin Films and Surfaces Group of the Institute of Physics for the best PhD thesis completed by a student member of the group in the stated year. 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.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made using the nomination form and submitted to the Chair of the group (currently Neil Curson, at any time before the closing date of 30 April 2017. 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 2016 during which time the thesis must have been successfully examined for a PhD and the final version submitted (theses originally submitted in 2015 are therefore eligible if they were examined in 2016). Please note non-TFSG/ non-IOP members can be nominated for the prize provided they are nominated by an IOP member.

Previous recipients:


Joint winner

Dr Demian Marchione

Heriot-Watt University

Thesis title: Thermal and Non-Thermal Processes of Simple Molecules on Model Interstellar Ices

Joint winner

Dr Hannah Aitchison

University of St Andrews

Thesis title: Self-Assembly of Monolayers of Aromatic Carboxylic Acid Molecules on Silver and Copper Modified Gold Surfaces at the Liquid-Solid Interface


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".