Beilby Medal award winner

30 Apr 2007
Ifor Samuel

The 2007 Beilby Medal was received by Professor Ifor Samuel for his contributions to the development of organic semiconductors for display, laser and medical applications. Sir George Beilby, former President of IOM3, was a renowned scientist and industrialist from the 19th to early 20th century. His research extended from the oil-shale industry to improving the recovery of gold by the cyanide process.

Samuel is an EPSRC Senior Research Fellow, and Professor of Physics and Director of the Organic Semiconductor Centre at the University of St Andrews, UK. Alongside a colleague, he invented light-emitting dendrimers, a new class of organic semiconductors from which he has produced the world's most efficient solution-processed light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This could help lower energy consumption, and their printability lends itself to display applications.

By applying nanoscale patterning, his research into practical polymer lasers has allowed one such laser to be made in only two minutes. Work developing semiconducting polymer LEDs could lead to a new method for treating skin cancer - indeed Samuel has commercial backing for several of his projects.

The annual Beilby Medal and Prize is administered in rotation by IOM3, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society for Chemical Industry. The Medal and £1,000 prize money is awarded to candidates who demonstrate work of exceptional merit and practical significance in chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, energy efficiency or a related field. Preference is given to candidates under 40 years of age. For further information about the award and application process, contact Rachel Brooks, Awards and Starpack Administrator at IOM3, tel: +44 (0)1476 514594, email: