Oldfield Award

Deadline 30 June 2021


The Oldfield Award is open to UK students and international students.

There are cash prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd.

It is presented for research projects carried out by either undergraduate or taught masters students.

The subject of the project can be any experimental, theoretical or practical work related to amorphous solids, glasses, glass-ceramics or sol-gel materials, glass history and archaeology or glass arts, technology or design.  Reports not dealing entirely with glass should spell out the relevance of the subject to the science, technology or arts of glass.

This can include fundamental science, applied science, arts, technology and engineering.

The project should normally have been completed during the year before the submission deadline, and the project must be presented in English. Please contact the chair of the Basic Science and Technology Committee for clarification about eligibility if necessary. Projects considered in a previous year are not eligible for re-consideration.


  • Final-year undergraduate project theses.
  • Taught masters theses.
  • Reports from sandwich projects or placements/internships.
  • Summer projects in a research group.
  • Research projects by Erasmus or other exchange students.

The Institution at which the student is registered should:

Encourage students to have their projects considered for the awards. The supervisor should nominate candidates from amongst these students for an award.

The supervisor is invited to submit a copy of the project report from the selected student, as a pdf file in English, to the Society by 30th June in the submission year. The report should be that which is submitted to the Institution for credit in that academic year and
should be accompanied by documentation completed by the supervisor indicating:
– the academic level at which the work was undertaken (year of study, qualification aim),
– the full-time equivalent time the student would have spent on it (x nominal hours for y weeks), and
– the fraction of the academic year’s credit (x out of y credits for the year) Please also include the instructions normally issued to students for completion of their project, e.g. a link to a module information sheet or laboratory website on the internet.

The administration of the Oldfield Award will be by the Basic Science and Technology Committee. Judging of the reports will take place during July of the submission year and will be done by a panel of academics and industrialists using referees from the appropriate fields. The final arbiter of the awards will be the Board of Fellows of the Society. The award winners will also receive free student membership of the Society up to the end of the following year. The first place award will be made during the Society of Glass Technology’s Annual Conference – usually in September, for which the winner will be awarded free registration. The Institution at which the student is registered should contact the SGT.

Submission form

2020 Oldfield award winners

  • 1st  Tara Milne, Univeristy of Oxford
    Thin-layer monatomic phase-change materials for photonic applications
  • 2nd Katelyn Kirchner, Penn State University
    Beyond the average: a statistical investigation of fultuations in glass-forming systems.
  • 3rd Kristin Engel, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
    Influence of the replacement of silica by boron trioxide on the properties of bioactive glass scaffolds.


Previous Oldfield Award Winners


  • Joint 1st Jessica Rigby Sheffield Hallam University
    Development of Novel Glass Formulations for Treatment of Post-Operative Clean-Out (POCO) Wastes for Decommissioning of the Sellafield Site
  • Joint 1st Francesca Lewns (Univ. of Birmingham)
    Electrospun Bio Active Glass Fibres as a Novel Haemostatic Agent
  • 3rd Quentin Bollaert (UPMC Paris)
    Study of the Conditions of Formation of two Tektites using Spectroscopy and Chemical Mapping


  • 1st  Marcela Arango Ospina,University Erlangen Nuremberg-Design and development of Ag-doped mesoporous bioactive glass based scaffolds derived from natural marine sponges
  • 2nd Angela Santo, Research Unit VICARTE-Glass and Ceramic for the Art-Sanguine Paint:
    Production, Characterization, and Adhesion to the Glass Substrate
  • 3rd Melissa Tiskaya, Queen Mary University London.-
    The characterisation of two commercially new dental composites


  • 1st – Amy Rider, University of Nottingham
    Investigations into Archaeological Glass using Solid-State NMR
  • 2nd – Louis Longley, University of Cambridge,Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
    Synthesis, Characterisation and Properties of A New Family of Chemically Tunable Hybrid Glasses
  • 3rd – Liam Mendes, Univeristy of Nottingham, Faculty of Engineering,
    Bioactive Phosphate-Based Glass Formulations


  • 1st place 2016: Victoria Brown, Univeristy of Sheffield Immobilisation of Actinides
    A Study on the Effect of Chlorine Contamination on Hot Isostatically Pressed Zirconolite Containing Glass-Ceramics
  • 2nd place 2016: Jed Lee,Queen Mary University of London
    Porous Bioactive Glass Scaffolds for Bone Regeneration
  • 3rd place 2016: T Kubiena, Univeristy of Nottingham,
    Investigation of cytotoxicity of mid-infrared optical fibres for use in in vivo mid-infrared optical biopsy


  • 1st place 2015: Teresa Buttner, Friedrich-Alexander University
    Analysis of Lithium containing Bioglass and comparison with 45S5 Hench Bioglass
  • 2nd place 2015: Oliver Eckhardt, Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research
    Synthesis of core-shell hybrid materials
  • 3rd place 2015: Brian Sum, Imperial College
    Synthesis of Poly(Butyl) Methacrylate (PBMA)/Silica Sol-gel Hybrids for Tissue Engineering Using Different PBMA Architectures


  • 1st place 2014: Fernando Barrera Betanzos
    Tellurites for advanced optical glasses:2-Bi2O3-TeO2 ternary system
  • 2nd place 2014: Catherine Kenny
    Production of novel halogen containing bioactive glasses with varying hardness for use with air abrasion cutting and polishing of teeth
  • 3rd place 2014: Yuanyuan, CHEN
    Medium Range Order in Sodium Borophosphate Glasses: A High Field Correlation NMR Study


  • 1st place 2013: Mathieu Chasse.
    Submission title: Contrasted Speciation of Iron in Obsidians and Tektites: a Spectroscopic Study
  • 2nd place 2013: James Ashby
    Submission title:  Metallic glasses: tougher than steel?
  • 3rd place 2013: Peerada Yongvongphaiboon
    Submission title: Fluoropolymer Coatings of Mid-infrared Optical Fibres


  • 1st place 2012 – Amy Scudder, University of Warwick. Submission title: Phase Formation in the BaO-B2O3 System
  • 2nd Place 2012 – Priyen Shah, Queen Mary University of London. Submission title: Apatite as a nucleating agent for bioactive glasses used to treat dentine hypersensitivity
  • 3rd Place 2012 -Zhao Yuan, Leong, University of Sheffield. Submission title: Deformation behavior of metallic glasses as a function of homologous temperature


  • Joint 1st Prize- 2011 Myrtille Hunault, for her Project-SPECIATION OF COBALT (II) IN OXIDE GLASSES
  • Joint 1st Prize- 2011 Vincent Buerger for his Master Thesis Effects of Residual Surface Stresses on the Bioactivity of Bioactive Silicate Glasses
  • Joint Second place 2011- Anya Winterstein for the project -Development of optical active germanate glasses for Photonic crystal fibres
  • Joint Second place 2011- Andrew Revell for his Project Investigating the Characteristic Properties of Glucose and Sucrose Glass using Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry and X-ray


  • 1st Prize- 2010 Matthana Khangkhamano”Effect of Mixed Alkaline-Earth Oxides in Silicate Glass”. University of Sheffield, Dept. of Engineering Materials. Supervisors Dr. Russell Hand and Dr. Paul Bingham
  • 2nd Prize- 2010 Owen McGann”The Synthesis and Study of Graphite-Glass Composites Intended for the Immobilisation of Waste Irradiated Graphite”. University of Sheffield, Dept. of Engineering Materials. Supervisors Dr. Michael Ojovan and Dr. Russell Hand
  • 3rd 2010 David Montgomery “A Gift from Olokun? An analytical and experimental investigation of Glass, from Ile-Ife, Nigeria”. University of Sheffield, Dept. of Archaeology. Supervisor Dr. Caroline Jackson


  • 1st Prize- 2009 Ms Emma Catterall, University of Bath-Investigating the characteristic properties and fragility of glucose and sucrose glass using MDSC measurements, x-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy
  • 2nd Prize 2009- Mr Oliver Alderman, University of Warwick-Investigation of devitrification kinetics and sub-solidus BaO-B2O3 phase diagram in the vicinity of the barium diborate stoichiometric composition


  • 1st Prize 2008- John Plummer, Sheffield The influence of elastic moduli on the glass forming ability and plasticity of bulk metallic glasses
  • 2008 2nd Prize -Jonathan Phillips, Imperial -Final year research project.
  • 2008 3rd Prize -Melanie Young, Bath -Characterisation and comparison of glassy glucose and sucrose solutions using MDSC measurements and x-ray diffraction


  • 2006 1st Prize – C. Bray, Reading – Modelling the atomic structure of melt-spun amorphous Dy3Ni3
  • 2006 2nd Prize Jnt – James Minshull, Oxford – The effect of high-temperature damage on the strength of float glass.
  • 2006 2nd Prize Jnt – G Mateo, Paisley – Effect of manufacturing parameters on the colour of glasses doped with oxides of iron and manganese.


  • 2005 1st Prize – M. Al-Mahrougi, Sheffield – Defect mediated model for glass.
  • 2005 2nd Prize – E. Michie, Imperial – Novel radioative wave forms.
  • 2005 3rd Prize – J. Drewitt, Wales – 27Al(1H) & 29Si(1H) CPMAS NMR study of hydrated alumina and silica sol-gels.


  • 2004 1st Prize – E. Kirkby, Oxford – High electric fields in thin SiO2 field.
  • 2004 2nd Prize Jnt – H. Dart, Sheffield – Investigation in to corrosion behaviour of simulated magnox-UO2 blended glass.
  • 2004 2nd Prize Jnt – E. Clark, Kent – Theoretical physics MPhys Project.


  • 2003 1st Prize – J. Thompstone, Imperial – Ballistic impact damage in brittle metals.
  • 2003 2nd Prize – W. Cooke.
  • 2003 3rd Prize – C. Murphy, Nottingham – Investigation of fluorozirconate glasses for use as planar wavelength.

Find more about Lucy Oldfield.

Society of Glass Technology

9 Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield S35 2PY, Telephone 0114 2634455