FEMS Awards

Jordi Sort
FEMS Materials Science & Technology Prize 2015

Jordi Sort received his PhD Degree in Materials Science from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2002 (Extraordinary Award). His PhD dissertation was on the study of magnetic exchange interactions in ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic systems. He worked for two years as Postdoctoral Researcher at the SPINTEC Laboratory (Grenoble) and subsequently spent six months at Argonne National Laboratory (USA). He also held long-term secondments at the Grenoble High Magnetic Fields Laboratory (five months) and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (four months). At present, Prof. Sort leads the “Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism (Gnm3)” at UAB, which focuses its research activities on the synthesis of a wide variety of functional materials (electrodeposited films, lithographed structures, porous materials, bulk metallic glasses, nanocomposites) and the study of their structural, mechanical, magnetic and thermal properties. This research aims at enhancing the performance of these materials in new technological applications that go beyond the state-of-the-art. Prof. Sort’s research activity has been recognised by the Catalan Physical Society (Jordi Porta i Jué’s Prize, 2000), as well as by the Spanish Royal Physical Society (Young Researcher Award in Experimental Physics, 2003). He has supervised 6 PhD Theses and is currently co-supervising the work of 4 more PhD students. So far, Prof. Sort has published 185 articles that have received approximately 4200 citations. He has issued 3 patents and has managed 18 national/international research projects. Prof. Sort has been personally appointed as Invited Speaker in more than 50 conferences. Recently, he was awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. This project, "Merging Nanoporous Materials with Energy-Efficient Spintronics (SPIN-PORICS)", aims to integrate engineered nanoporous materials into novel spintronic applications. He is also Coordinator of the “SELECTA” Marie Skłodowska-Curie Training Network, whose aim is to use electrodeposition for environmental sustainability applications.

Leigh Canham
FEMS Materials Innovation Prize 2015:

„Broadening the functionality of semiconductor silicon technology via materials science”

Leigh Canham is Chief Scientist at pSiMedica Ltd UK and has over 35 years’ experience conducting research on widely differing aspects of semiconducting silicon technology. Two key personal discoveries – that silicon can emit visible light efficiently (1990) and be rendered medically biodegradable (1995) have had both academic and commercial impact. Leigh has held an Honorary Professorship at the School of Physics, University of Birmingham, UK since 1999. In 2011 he was a shortlisted finalist for the “European Inventor of the Year” Award from the European Patent Office for his work on biodegradable silicon. In 2012 he became a Thomson Reuter Citation Laureate for his work on luminescent silicon.

Krzysztof J. Kurzydłowski
FEMS European Materials Medal 2015

Professor K. J. Kurzydłowski is a graduate of the Department of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics of Warsaw University of Technology. Right from the beginning of his research career, his scientific interests included the properties of polycrystalline materials. He has studied grain-boundary effects in metals, collaborating with M.W. Grabski, K. Tangri, R.Z. Valiev, B. Ralph and R.W. Armstrong. More recently, he has focused on the fabrication and nanomaterials and on modelling their properties. He has published over 300 papers in international journals and supervised over 50 PhD theses. Professor Kurzydłowski held and holds a number of elective positions in institutions funding research and development in Poland (The State Committee for Scientific Research, National Centre for Research and Development). He has been a member of Executive Committees for E-MRS, F4E and has served as an expert for European Commission.