Prizes and Awards

MASC: The Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Interest Group


The Bob Hay Lectureship

This prestigious lecture is given annually by a chemist within 15 years of the completion of their PhD working in the area of macrocyclic and/or supramolecular chemistry in its widest sense. The award is made in memory of Professor Bob Hay, one of the pioneers of macrocyclic chemistry in the UK.

The award lecture is given at the MASC Interest Group meeting that is held annually in December. The award is open to anyone working at an institution in the UK or Eire or who can otherwise demonstrate a strong link to the MASC Interest Group.

The process for nomination will be announced to all MASC members at the beginning of the nomination period. See here for details of joining MASC.

Self-nominations for the Bob Hay lectureship should consist of a one-page cover letter outlining suitability for the award, a CV and full publication list highlighting the applicant’s top 20 papers. Supporting statements from nominators are not required and will not be considered.

For further details please contact the Secretary.

Current winner:

  • 2021 – Guillaume De Bo (Manchester)

Past winners:

  • 2020 – Ross Forgan (Glasgow)
  • 2019 – Kim Jelfs (Imperial)
  • 2018 – Rachel O’Reilly (Birmingham)
  • 2017 – Scott Cockroft (Edinburgh)
  • 2016 – Steve Goldup (Southampton)
  • 2015 – Dave Adams (Liverpool)
  • 2014 – Oren Scherman (Cambridge)
  • 2013 – Jonathan R Nitschke (Cambridge)
  • 2012 – Andrew J Wilson (Leeds)
  • 2011 – Lee Cronin (Glasgow)
  • 2010 – David Smith (York)
  • 2009 – Stephen Faulkner (Oxford)
  • 2008 – Jonathan W Steed (Durham)
  • 2007 – James H R Tucker (Birmingham)
  • 2006 – Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson (Trinity College Dublin)
  • 2005 – Neil R Champness (Nottingham)
  • 2004 – Philip A Gale (Southampton)
  • 2003 – Harry L Anderson (Oxford)
  • 2002 – Michael J Hannon (Birmingham)
  • 2001 – Michael D Ward (Sheffield)

RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group Thesis Award

The award consists of £100 and a lecture at the MASC Interest Group meeting that is held annually in December.

The award is open to doctoral students working in the area of macrocyclic and/or supramolecular chemistry in its widest sense. It is open to doctoral students in the final year of their studies, or those who have had their viva and been recommended for the award of a doctorate in or after October in the year preceding the call. Candidates must have conducted their doctoral studies at an institution in the UK or Eire or be able to otherwise demonstrate a strong link to the MASC Interest Group.

The process for nomination will be announced to all MASC members at the beginning of the nomination period. See here for details of joining MASC.

Self-nominations should consist of a thesis abstract, a list of publications, a statement (max. 500 words) highlighting the candidate’s scientific contribution to what they consider to be their best publication(s) from their PhD and a one-page supporting statement from the PhD supervisor that includes a statement that confirms that the student is eligible for the award. Only complete nominations will be considered.

For further details please contact the Secretary.

Current winner:

  • 2021 – Dr Andrew Heard (University of Southampton, supervised by Steve Goldup)

Past winners:

  • 2020 – Dr Rebecca Spicer (University of Edinburgh, supervised by Paul Lusby)
  • 2019 – Dr Stephen Fielden (University of Manchester, supervised by David Leigh)
  • 2018 – Dr Liang Zhang (University of Manchester, supervised by David Leigh)
  • 2017 – Dr Salma Kassem (University of Manchester, supervised by David Leigh)
  • 2016 – Dr Emily Draper (Gold, University of Liverpool, supervised by Dave Adams)
  • 2016 – Dr Xin Wu (Silver, Southampton, supervised by Phil Gale)
  • 2015 – Dr Will Cullen (University of Sheffield, supervised by Mike Ward)
  • 2014 – Dr Matthew Langton (University of Oxford, supervised by Paul Beer) 
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