ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Impact Awards Winners 2021
30 Jul 2021



Announcing the winners of the 2021 ISIS Impact Awards for facility users, celebrating the socio-economic impact generated by the user community.




​We are delighted to announce the winners of the fourth annual ISIS impact awards, thank you to all those that entered and congratulations to the winners, whose case studies are presented below. You can also look back at previous winners here​. ​

​Science Award
Prof Serena Corr for her work applying muon spin relaxation spectroscopy to investigating ion diffusion in battery materials.​

​​Economic Award
Prof David Lennon​ for his work on probing the interactions of atoms and molecules with the surfaces of catalysts.

​Society Award
Dr Mariela Martins Nolasco​ for her work characterising polymer structur​​e and dynamics.


Background to the awards


Researchers who have been PI or Co-I on an ISIS proposal in the last 3 years. Note, permission from the PI will be needed if an application is submitted by a Co-I or a PhD student.


We are following the Research England definition of impact for the REF, where 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, or improving a company's market share or job creation.

To Apply

You need to provide:

  • Your contact details
  • Details of the specific project that generated the impact, linked to a successful proposal 
  • Impact of the research, specifically who benefitted and quantify what the benefits were ​
  • Evidence of these benefits – references, testimonials, case studies, etc

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 2021 Annual Review, as well as made available for use more widely in STFC and UKRI.  Winners will be invited to present their work at a suitable ISIS science or user meeting.​

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 to the ISIS user community.


Any questions please ​contact Sara Fletcher.​​

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