Nottingham Prize

The Nottingham Prize was originally established in 1966 from contributions given in memory of Professor Wayne B. Nottingham of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by his many friends and associates. The prize, currently consisting of a certificate and $1,500, is awarded to the best student paper presented at the conference. This prize represents a seminal honor since many Nottingham winners have gone on to become leaders in the field of surface science. In addition, you and your advisor’s names are added to the Nottingham Wikipedia website.

Competing for the Nottingham Prize


A student paper is defined as a paper based on a Ph.D. thesis whose date of submission is no earlier than one year before the meeting at which the Prize is given. In other words -- all students who are working on, but have not yet completed, their Ph.D. thesis work are eligible. In addition, you are also eligible to compete if you have completed your Ph.D. work but your thesis was submitted less than one year ago. In this case, your talk must be on your Ph.D. thesis work, not on work undertaken subsequently.

The committee requests that a paper submitted for competition have no more than two authors: the student and his or her PhD advisor. If the PhD adviser is not a co-author, his or her name should be provided. The committee will select a set of finalists based on the Nottingham Prize competition packet and tentatively plan to inform all applicants of their status on or around May 25, 2018. The registration fee will be waived for those who are selected as finalists by entering a promo code during the online registration proceess. The appropriate code will by be send out with the acceptance notice.

All Nottingham contestants must complete and submit the registration form. They must also submit:

A regular one-page abstract submitted as a Word document for easy compilation. The competitor’s name should be marked with an asterisk (*), and the accompanying footnote should read, “Nottingham Contestant.” (Download Word Template)

A Nottingham Prize competition package submitted as a single PDF file, including:

A cover letter indicating your interest in the Nottingham Prize competition. Include in the letter expected thesis submission and graduation dates.

A brief vita.

An extended abstract of approximately 1,500 words. (Download Word Template)

These items should be sent as email attachments to: The subject line of the email should start with “PEC2018 Nottingham.”

We will accept abstracts until 5:00pm PST Monday, May 21, 2018. Although the competition will be judged largely on the oral presentation, Nottingham Prize competition package is needed to provide additional information to the judges to select the finalists. Submission of a thesis or of a manuscript to be published is not acceptable. The committee will limit the number of competitors to those who can be accommodated in one day of presentations and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Previous Nottingham Prize Winners:

Year Winner Institution PI
1966 L. F. Cordes University of Minnesota W. T. Peria
1967 D. Steiner Massachusetts Institute of Technology E. P. Gyftopoulos
J.V. Hollweg
1968 E. Ward Plummer Cornell University T. N. Rhodin
1969 John C. Tracy Cornell University J. M. Blakely
1970 J. M. Baker Cornell University J. M. Blakely
1971 D. P. Smith University of Minnesota W. T. Peria
1972 W. Henry Weinberg University of California, Berkeley R. Merrill
1973 J. R. Bower Bartol Research Foundation J. M. Chen
1974 N. J. Dionne Cornell University T. N. Rhodin
Torgny Gustafsson Chalmers University of Technology P. O. Nillson
1975 L. C. Isett Cornell University J. M. Blakely
1976 J. A. Knapp Montana State University G. A. Lapeyre
1977 S.-L. Weng University of Pennsylvania E. W. Plummer
1978 Gwo-Ching Wang University of Wisconsin, Madison M. G. Lagally
1979 Wilson Ho University of Pennsylvania E. W. Plummer
1980 R. DiFoggio University of Chicago R. Gomer
Harry J. Levinson University of Pennsylvania E. W. Plummer
1981 Ruud M. Tromp FOM Institute for Atomic & Molecular Physics F. W. Saris
1982 P. O. Hahn University of Hanover M. Henzler
1983 R. Raue Cologne and KFA Julich G. Guntherodt & M. Campagna
1984 M. Onellion Rice University G. K. Walters
1985 K. Gibson University of Chicago S. J. Sibener
J. W. M. Frenken FOM Inst. for Atomic & Molecular Physics J. F. van der Veen
1986 S. M. Yalisove University of Pennsylvania W. R. Graham
1987 John D. Beckerle Massachusetts Institute of Technology S. T. Ceyer
1988 Lee J. Richter Cornell University W. Ho
1989 J.-K. Zuo Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute C.-C. Wang
1990 Y.-W. Mo University of Wisconsin., Madison M. G. Lagally
1991 Brian S. Swartzentruber University of Wisconsin, Madison M. B. Webb
1992 Thomas Michely KFA, Julich G. Comsa
1993 A. K. Swan Boston University M. El-Batanouny
1994 G. Rosenfeld KFA, Julich G. Comsa
1995 Marcus K. Weldon Harvard University C. Friend
1996 J. Carpinelli University of Tennessee E. W. Plummer
B. Kohler Fritz Haber Institute M. Scheffler
1997 D. Gragson University of Oregon G. Richmond
1998 Barry C. Stipe Cornell University W. Ho
M. S. Hoogeman FOM Institute & Leiden Univ. J. W. M. Frenken
1999 K. Pelhos Rutgers University T. E. Madey
2000 Lincoln Lauhon Cornell University W. Ho
2001 Gayle Thayer University of California, Davis & Sandia Livermore S. Chiang & R. Hwang
2002 Denis Potapenko Rutgers University B. J. Hinch
2003 John Pierce University of Tennessee E. W. Plummer & J. Shen
2004 Peter Wahl Max Planck Institute for Solid-State Physics K. Kern
2005 Nathan Guisinger Northwestern University M. Hersam
2006 Mustafa Murat Ozer University of Tennessee-Knoxville J. R. Thompson &H. H. Weitering
Paul C. Snijders Delft University of Technology H.H. Weitering & T.M. Klapwijk
2007 Peter Maksymovych University of Pittsburgh J. T. Yates, Jr.
2008 Brett Goldsmith University of California – Irvine P. G. Collins
2009 Alpha T. N’ Diaye University of Köln (Cologne) T. Michely
2010 Heather Tierney Tufts University C. H. Sykes
2011 Tanza Lewis University of California – Irvine J. Hemminger & B. Winter
2012 Daniel Schwarz University of Twente B. Poelsema
2013 Benjamin A. Gray University of Arkansas – Fayetteville J. Chakhalian
2014 Donna A. Kunkel University of Nebraska – Lincoln A. Enders
2015 Christoph Große Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research K. Kern
Amanda Larson University of New Hampshire K. Pohl
2016 Charlotte Herbig University of Cologne T. Michely
2017 Erik S. Skibinski Cornell University M. A. Hines