The Katharine Burr Blodgett Award

The Katharine Burr Blodgett Award is given annually to honour a researcher working in the field of colloid and interface science and who was awarded a PhD degree within the past year.

The winner will receive a certificate, a prize of £200, and a year’s membership of SCI. The award winner will be expected to present a research talk at an Early Career Colloid (ECCo) meeting. (Travel costs will be covered within reasonable limits: up to £1,000 for overseas travel).

The award is named in honour of Katharine Burr Blodgett, who was the first woman to receive a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge. She developed methods to spread molecules on the surfaces of water and to deposit molecular films on solid surfaces via what is now called the “Langmuir-Blodgett” technique. She also developed methods to measure thickness via the analysis of interference colours.

Eligibility: The award is open to researchers working in the field of colloid and interface science, who have received their PhD from a UK institution after April 1st in the year prior to the year of nomination.

Award Information

Type: PhD

Frequency: Annual

Deadline for nominations: 15th April (annually).

Nominators: CSCG and CISG members.

Contact: Awards Coordinator (see Contacts page)

Requirements for a Nomination:

These documents should be submitted to the RSC/SCI Colloids Group Awards Officer (Prof. J.L. Keddie; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the 15th of April in the year of nomination.

Past Recipients

The first award will be made in 2020.