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Masterclass for finalists in student competition

The Materials Literature Review Prize is an annual competition administered by the Editorial Board of the Institute journal Materials Science and Technology (MST). Set up to encourage the production of high quality literature reviews by students studying for a higher degree in materials, this year’s competition also featured a masterclass. This was held on 9 May at Carlton House Terrace to give the finalists guidance from an eminent panel consisting of associate editors and Board members, chaired by Professor John Knott, Editor of MST.

At the masterclass, each finalist made a brief presentation on his or her review and received feedback on their draft manuscript. The aim was to provide general guidance on writing focused critical reviews, contrasting these with the requirements for a thesis review, in addition to raising points specific to individual commentaries. The candidates now have four weeks to revise their manuscripts before the winner of the competition is decided.

The five finalists (from an initial field of 23) are:

  • Johann Cho (Imperial College London): ‘Ceramic matrix composites containing carbon nanotubes’
  • Sukanta Ghosh (University of Birmingham): ‘Effect of surface treatment and stress on localised corrosion initiation and propagation in aluminium alloys’
  • Jo Sharp (University of Cambridge): ‘Influence of TEM specimen preparation techniques on dislocations in the material’
  • Peng Zeng (University of Sheffield): ‘Biocompatible wear resistant ceramics for total hip replacements’
  • Yi Zhang (University of Cambridge): ‘Inhomogeneous deformation in metallic glasses’
The final judging will take place at the end of June. The winning entry will receive a prize of £350 and will, following formal refereeing, be published in MST. Commended entries receive an award of £100 and may also be published.

Details of the 2008 competition will be announced in the next few months.

For further information about the Materials Literature Review Prize, visit the award web page or e-mail Mark Hull.



Date Posted: 11 May 2007

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