Materials Science and Technology Literature Review Prize Masterclass 2012

10 Apr 2012

The Masterclass for the IOM3 Literature Review Prize, run by the Editorial Board of Materials Science and Technology (MST), was held on Tuesday 20th March 2012, in the Library of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace. Professor John Knott, Editor of MST and Associate Editors, Professors Andy Horsewell and Philip Withers formed the judging panel.

Professor Knott opened by welcoming the finalists to the Masterclass. He was impressed with their first drafts, which he said were interesting and informative. Each finalist gave a 15 minute presentation on their review, which was submitted in advance of the Masterclass, and this was followed by a question and answer session. The Masterclass provided an opportunity for the finalists to receive feedback and constructive criticism on their presentation and draft review. The comments from the panel of judges will be incorporated by the finalists into a revised version, which will be submitted in May for final judging.

Lucy Fielding from the University of Cambridge opened the presentations with ‘A history of the bainite transformation’, followed by Jassel Majevadia of Imperial College London with ‘A review of hydrogen embrittlement mechanisms in zirconium alloys’, before Harry Coules from Cranfield University presented a review of ‘Contemporary approaches to reducing weld-induced residual stress’.

The masterclass then broke for lunch, allowing the finalists to compare experiences and advice with each other as well as the distinguished judges.

Katherine Soady from the University of Southampton began the afternoon session with a review of ‘Life assessment methodologies incorporating shot peening process effects; mechanistic consideration of residual stresses and strain hardening’, then Tayebeh Moussavi from the University of Oxford presented on ‘Microstructure and electrical properties of new iron-based superconductors’, before the presentations were rounded off by Chen Xu, also from the University of Oxford, reviewing ‘Particulate reinforced alumina based nanocomposites’.

The Masterclass finished with final comments from the judges, from whom there was general consensus that this year’s entrants were of a high standard. Professor Knott congratulated the finalists on their presentations and said he looked forward to reading the revised review papers, which he said had the potential to be read by many. The judges will meet to decide the prize in June and it is the intention that the winning review, and other commended entries will be published in a forthcoming issue of MST.

Details of the 2013 prize will become available in June.