Impact Awards 2022 - the winners!
10 Aug 2022



Announcing the 2022 ISIS Impact Award winners, celebrating the socio-economic impact generated by our user community.

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We're delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 ISIS Impact Awards! These awards celebrate the scientific, social and economic impact of the facility's diverse user community. This year's winners are listed below - click the links to read more about their work. or watch the videos to see them tell you themselves! 

Social – Heloisa Nunes Bordallo, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen for her work on developing smarter materials by tuning physico-chemical properties using TOSCA and IRIS​


Economic Adam Michalchuk, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany) for The Big Bang Theory of Energetic Materials: Towards the In Silico Design of Safer Energetic Materials


Science -  Andrej Zorko, Jožef Stefan Institute, for the first realization of a quantum spin liquid on a triangular spin lattice with dominant Ising antiferromagnetic exchange interaction using WISH, MARI and MUSR.​


T​hank you to everyone who submitted!​

​Background to the awards


Researchers who have been PI or Co-I on an ISIS proposal in the last 5​ years. Note, permission from the PI will be needed if an application is submitted by a Co-I).


We are following the​ definition for the REF, whe​re impact is the “effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life" in the UK or internationally. There will be three awards; science, social and economic.

Science award – the contribution ​that excellent research makes to academic advances, across and within disciplines, including significant advances in understanding, methods, theory, application and academic practice.

Society award – research  that demonstrates or has led to significant social benefit, through improving health, quality of life, policy change or inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Economic award – research that demonstrates significant economic impact. This could include a license deal, spin-out company, improvements to products or services, improving a company's market share or job creation.

To Apply

You need to provide:

  • Details of project that led to the impact, including RB number and instruments used (​max. 300 words).
  • Scientific, societal and/or economic impact achieved - detail who benefited and what these benefits were, including evidence to support this such as case studies, testimonials, patents references etc. (max. 500 words).


The winning entries in each category will be turned into impact case studies by o​ur science writers and featured on the ISIS website and in our 2022 Annual Review.

Terms and conditions   

All applicants agree to any information they provide being used in publicity materials and to be available to provide a presentation on their impact at NMSUM 2022.


Any questions please ​contact Sara Fletcher.​

Contact: Fletcher, Sara (STFC,RAL,BID)