The William Bonfield Prize for Best Review Paper

The Journal of Materials Science is pleased to introduce the William Bonfield Prize for Best Review Paper, in honor of Professor William Bonfield’s immeasurable contributions to both the Journal of Materials Science and the field of Materials Research more broadly: A new annual award to be presented by the journal starting in Spring 2022, to recognize and reward the distinctive review papers that make such an important contribution to the journal and the Materials Science community. As with its sister prize, the Robert W. Cahn Prize for best original paper, the recipients of the William Bonfield Prize jointly receive an award of $5,000.

The 2021 William Bonfield Prize

Frank Stein and Andreas Leineweber

The winner of the Inaugural 2021 William Bonfield Best Review Paper Prize is:

"Laves phases: a review of their functional and structural applications and an improved fundamental understanding of stability and properties"
By Frank Stein & Andreas Leineweber (Pictured above)

"We are both very honored to have been awarded the inaugural William Bonfield Prize for our review article about Laves phases. This is a great recognition of our work, which makes us very happy.

"We started to work on this very important class of intermetallic phases already more than 15 years ago as part of a large research initiative of the Max Planck Society entitled “The Nature of Laves Phases”. From this very fruitful and successful collaboration, several other projects have emerged, spanning the whole range from very fundamental topics such as stability and structure of this type of phase to application-relevant topics such as its surprising mechanical behavior and its applicability as strengthening phase in high-temperature structural materials. Since, on the one hand, there was so much new information about the basic properties and, on the other hand, we found that this type of phase occurs in so many applied materials, we decided to write this review article that attempts to give a comprehensive overview of this important class of materials."

The winning article was selected by Professor Bonfield himself from over 100 review articles published in the Journal of Materials Science in 2021.

The Journal of Materials Science would also like to recognize two Honorable Mentions:

"A review on emerging biodegradable polymers for environmentally benign transient electronic skins"
By Xiao Peng, Kai Dong, Zhiyi Wu, Jie Wang & Zhong Lin Wang 

"Nanomaterials with high solar reflectance as an emerging path towards energy-efficient envelope systems: a review"
By Rita Carvalho Veloso, Andrea Souza, Joana Maia, Nuno Manuel Monteiro Ramos & João Ventura 

About Professor William Bonfield

William Bonfield

Professor William Bonfield, pictured above, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materials Science from 1973-2002. During his long tenure, he saw the journal grow dramatically, from publishing four issues per year to two per month, and helping to broaden the scope of the journal from Metallurgy to Materials Science. He also helped oversee the launch of JMS’s spin-off journal titles: Letters, Materials in Electronics, and Materials in Medicine.

Outside of his work on the journal, Professor Bonfield is Emeritus Professor of Medical Materials at the University of Cambridge. He is internationally recognized for his pioneering research contributions to the field of Biomaterials through awards including the Royal Academy of Engineering Prince Philip Gold Medal, the Kelvin Medal, the European Society for Biomaterials George Winter Award, the UK Society for Biomaterials President’s Prize, and many more. He is also the founder of the companies ApaTech Ltd. and OrthoMimetics Ltd., which developed major advances in regenerative medical implants. His contributions have been recognized by his election to all three UK National Academies, namely as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen for his services to healthcare and materials science.