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Davy Medal

Bioinspired synthesis and self-assembly of a thin film of copper hydroxide micro-cog superstructures

The award

The Davy Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the field of chemistry.

The medal is named after Humphry Davy FRS, the chemist and inventor of the Davy Lamp, and was first awarded in 1877.

Nominations for the Davy Medal 2017 have now closed. Medallists will be announced in July with the next round of nominations opening in November 2017. 

Davy Medallist 2016

Professor Stephen Mann FRS

The Davy Medal 2016 is awarded to Professor Stephen Mann FRS for his distinguished and major contributions to the chemistry of bio-mineralization and for pioneering the bioinspired synthesis and self-assembly of functional nanostructures and hybrid nanoscale objects.

Professor Mann will be presented with a medal of bronze and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000 at the Royal Society's Anniversary Day in November 2016.

Past winners

Professor Gideon John Davies FMedSci FRS was awarded the Davy Medal 2015 for his field-defining work in determining the reaction chemistry of enzyme-catalysed carbohydrate transformations with major applications in medicine and biotechnology.

Professor Clare Grey FRS was awarded the Davy Medal 2014 for further pioneering applications of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance to materials of relevance to energy and the environment.

See full list of all past winners of the Davy Medal.