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Young Scientist Prize of the Swiss Neutron Scattering Society, sponsored by SwissNeutronics

The prize is awarded annualy to a young scientist in recognition of a notable scientific achievement in the form of a PhD thesis. Every other year, the prize is also open to nominees with an exceptional track record in neutron scattering established within 5 years after their PhD degrees. The science should include the use of neutron scattering, and eligible nominees should have a clear affiliation with Swiss Neutron Scattering (be member of the Swiss Neutron Scattering Society, be based in Switzerland, or have conducted experiments at Swiss neutron facilities). The PhD must have been awarded within two years of the announcement of the Call. The prize amounts to 1000 CHF and is sponsored by SwissNeutronics.


Nominations for the prize should be submitted to the Swiss Neutron Scattering Society ( until January 31st 2018. Nominations should include:
  • A nomination letter including the motivation for the award
  • A CV and publication list
  • Digital copy of the nominated work (PhD thesis)
  • Letter documenting the acceptance of the nomination by the nominee
  • Letters of support from authorities in the relevant field are accepted.


In 2017, the prize is awarded to Dr. Viviane Lutz-Bueno in recognition of her outstanding thesis work on micellar aggregates and their behavior under confinement and flow, using a combination of both small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering experiments.


In 2016, the prize is awarded to Dr. Andrea Scotti in recognition of his outstanding work on the behavior of highly concentrated suspensions of soft microgel colloidal particles using neutron scattering.


In 2015, the prize is awarded to Dr. Jonas Okkels Birk in recognition of outstanding work on neutron instrumentation in the CAMEA project.


In 2014, two prizes have been awarded to:
  • Dr. Qianli Chen for her PhD work entitled 'Effects of Pressure on the Proton-Phonon Coupling in Metal Oxides with Perovskite Structure'
  • Dr. Simon Gerber for his PhD work entitled 'Interplay of Unconventional Superconductivity and Magnetism in CeCoIn5'
The prizes have been awarded at the Neutron Scattering Session of the Swiss Physical Society Meeting, July 1st at 16:00.

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Last revision : June 12, 2017 by U. Gasser