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.
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
Previous Oldfield Award Winners
1stMarcela 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.