Materials Science and Technology Literature Review Prize

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Materials Science and Technology Literature Review Prize

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About the prize

The aim of the Materials Science and Technology Literature Review Prize is to encourage definitive, critical reviews of the literature by students and to make these available to a wider readership by publication in the journal Materials Science and Technology (MST). The prize is administered by the editorial board of MST.


Submission Instructions

We apologize that the 2020 and 2021 prize did not go ahead. We are looking forward to receiving the 2022 entries. Submissions are now open for the 2022 prize. The deadline is Friday 3rd December 2021.

Each review receives constructive comments from three independent referees who are experts in the subject matter concerned, and where appropriate, comments from members of the editorial board of the journal. Providing the articles are appropriately revised, they are accepted for publication in MST.

While all accepted reviews will be published, six of the contributors will form the finalists in the competition. They will present the reviews orally during Spring 2022, to a panel of judges compiled from the Editorial Board of MST, who will then select the winner and runner ups. The prize carries an honorarium for the winner and any runner up awards.

The Prize is open to any postgraduate studying for a materials science and engineering related qualification at either a UK or international institution.

Submission is via by no later than Friday 3rd December 2021. The manuscript should be authored by the candidate alone and accompanied by a declaration that the review is the candidate’s own work and that any assistance received has been fully acknowledged. When submitting your paper, please select ‘Yes’ when asked if the manuscript is a candidate for a special issue. You will then be able to choose the ‘Materials Science Literature Review Prize 2022’ option. This will highlight your paper as a candidate for the prize.

The submitted manuscript should provide a concise, critical review of the literature on the chosen topic:

(a) Critical review. An example of a critical assessment is when there are two papers containing data on the same topic, it is useful to plot the data together, compare and see if the conclusions of each paper are justified. Alternatively, if data are presented without clear interpretation, you can search the literature to see whether others can provide a solution.

(b) Concise: “It is to be noted that the authors [5] conducted a large number of experiments that generated data which led to the conclusion that the fatigue strength improves in the presence of retained austenite in the microstructure” can be expressed concisely as “Many experiments [5] suggest that the fatigue strength is enhanced by austenite that is retained in the microstructure.”

(c) Chosen topic: The topic should be focused so that the literature can be comprehensively assessed. Thus, “Biomaterials” is too broad, whereas “hydroxyapetite coated titanium” may be manageable. The topic must relate to materials science with significant structure-property-processing aspects.

(d) Limit yourself to about 6000 words (excluding contents page, references and tables); a concise abstract not exceeding 120 words must be included.

(e) Avoid the use of topic specific jargon, and an excessive use of abbreviations. The subject matter should be readable by non-specialists who are nevertheless materials scientists.

(f) Permission must be obtained for any figures obtained from the literature. All work on which you base the review should be explicitly acknowledged via references.  You must read and understand the references that you quote.

(g) Plagiarism is unethical and entries may be subject to iThenticate checks for duplication against the CrossCheck database.

(h) Detailed author guidelines are available from the journal homepage at and a list of common mistakes on

Enquiries to:

Laura Franklin
Taylor & Francis, 4 Park Square, Milton Park, OX14 4RN
Email: [email protected]

Year Author(s) Article Volume Issue
2022 - Winner Anastassia Milleret 4D printing of Ni–Mn–Ga magnetic shape memory alloys: a review 38 10
2022 - Runner Up Elisabeth Filippa Ferdinand Knipschildt Nucleation of recrystallization 38 12
2019 - Winner William Rae Thermo-metallo-mechanical modelling of heat treatment induced residual stress in Ti–6Al–4V alloy 35 7
2019 - Runner Up Komethi Muniandy Digital image correlation for strain measurement in plastic film blowing process 35 9
2019 - Runner Up A.R. Chintha Metallurgical aspects of steels designed to resist abrasion, and impact-abrasion wear 35 10
2018 - Winner Diptak Bhattacharya Liquid metal embrittlement during resistance spot welding of Zn-coated high-strength steels 34 15
2018 - Runner Up Frank Niessen Austenite reversion in low-carbon martensitic stainless steels – a CALPHAD-assisted review 34 12
2018 - Runner Up Boning Ding Improving radiative recombination efficiency of green light-emitting diodes 34 14
2017 - Winner Syed Ghazi Sarwat Materials science and engineering of phase change random access memory 33 16
2017- Runner Up Angus Crake Metal-organic frameworks based materials for photocatalytic CO2 reduction 33 15
2017 - Runner Up Arunim Ray Niobium microalloying in rail steels 33 14
2016 - Winner I. Rašovic Water-soluble fullerenes for medical applications 33 7
2016 - Runner Up A. S. Wilson Formation and effect of topologically close-packed phases in nickel-base superalloys 33 9
2016 - Runner Up P. G. Jenkins Understanding physical changes and strength loss of E-glass fibres following exposure to elevated temperatures 33 3
2015 - Winner R. Nazir Collagen–hyaluronic acid based interpenetrating polymer networks as tissue engineered heart valve 32 9
2015 - Runner Up C. X. Ren Polarisation fields in III-nitrides: effects and control 32 5
2015 - Runner Up M. Bachelet Design of pH-responsive gold nanoparticles in oncology 32 8
2014 - Winner D. Griffiths Explaining texture weakening and improved formability in magnesium rare earth alloys 31 1
2014 - Runner Up Y. H. Sun Inverse ductile–brittle transition in metallic glasses? 31 6
2014 - Runner Up J. E. Zelenty Understanding thermally induced embrittlement in low copper RPV steels utilising atom probe tomography 31 8
2013 - Winner P. F. F. Walker Improving the reliability of highly loaded rolling bearings: the effect of upstream processing on inclusions 30 4
2013 - Runner Up H. F. Greer Non-classical crystal growth of inorganic and organic materials 30 6
2012 - Winner H E Coules Contemporary approaches to reducing weld induced residual stress 29 1
2012 - Runner Up L C D Fielding The Bainite Controversy 29 4
2012 - Runner Up K A Soady Life assessment methodologies incoroporating shot peening process effects: mechanistic consideration of residual stresses and strain hardening Part 1 – effect of shot peening on fatigue resistance 29 6
2012 - Runner Up K A Soady, B G Mellor & P A S Reed Life assessment methodologies incoroporating shot peening process effects: mechanistic consideration of residual stresses and strain hardening Part 2 – approaches to fatigue lifing after shot peening 29 6
2012 - Runner Up T. Mousavi et al. Structural parameters affecting superconductivity in iron chalcogenides: a review 30 15
2011 - Winner M-H Evans White structure flaking (WSF) in wind turbine gearbox bearings: effects of ‘butterflies’ and white etching cracks (WECs) 28 1
2011 - Runner Up C Betts Benefits of metal foams and developments in modelling techniques to assess their materials behaviour: a review 28 2
2011 - Runner Up S Godard Desmarest Reliability of Pb-free solders for harsh environment electronic assemblies 28 3
2010 - Winner T Gershon Metal oxide applications in organic-based photovoltaics 27 9
2010 - Runner Up S Gamble Fabrication–microstructure–performance relationships of reversible solid oxide fuel cell electrodes–review 27 10
2010 - Runner Up J Briscoe & S Dunn Extremely thin absorber solar cells based on nanostructured semiconductors 26 2
2009 - Winner S. E. Bennett Dislocations and their reduction in GaN 26 9
2009 - Runner Up I. Bhamji et al. Solid state joining of metals by linear friction welding: a literature review 27 1
2008 - Winner A. B. Short Gas tungsten arc welding of α + β titanium alloys: a review 25 3
2008 - Runner Up R. Bhattacharya & B. P. Wynne Hot working and crystallographic texture analysis of magnesium AZ alloys 27 2
2007 - Winner Y. Zhang Inhomogeneous deformation in metallic glasses 24 4
2005 - Winner D. S. Deak Strontium titanate surfaces 23 2
2004 - Winner T. E. Quested Understanding mechanisms of grain refinement of aluminium alloys by inoculation 20 11
2002 - Winner R. Oliver Growth and characterisation of nitride nanostructures 18 11
2002 - Winner L. J. Nelson Smart piezoelectric Fibre composites 18 11
2001 - Winner L.D. Way Cleanness, castability, and surface quality of formable sheet steels 17 10
2000 - Winner S. Hoile Processing and properties of mild interstitial free steels 16 10

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