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The Brian Kelly Award

This annual award was established in 1996 in memory of Brian Kelly, a leading authority on graphite physics.

The award is intended as a travel grant for students and early career researchers with up to ten years postdoctoral experience to attend the annual International Carbon Conference. Anyone living or working, at the time of that conference, in the country where the conference is held is not eligible. As a consequence, applications will not be accepted from Australia on this occasion.

The award is made upon the basis of an appraisal of THREE documents:

  1. The extended abstract or paper as submitted to the CARBON 2017 conference,
  2. A short CV and
  3. A commentary provided normally by the candidate's supervisor or close colleague.

Self-nomination is permitted. The Award Committee of the British Carbon Group will determine the successful applicant.

The closing date for applications for CARBON 2017 will be 7 May 2017.

The award is currently five hundred pounds sterling (£500) and is presented at the time of the conference. It is a condition of the award that the winner attends the conference and presents his or her paper either orally or as a poster.

Applications may be transferred electronically to the Chair of The Brian Kelly Award Committee,

Ms. Nassia Tzelepi,

Ms Nassia Tzelepi
Research Fellow in Graphite Technology
NNL Central Laboratory, Sellafield, Seascale, Cumbria CA20 1PG
United Kingdom

About Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly was a world authority both on the physics of graphite and on irradiation damage in solids. He was born and educated in Wales and spent most of his career working for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, UKAEA. One of his major contributions at UKAEA was to the development of specifications for the isotropic graphite required for the graphite core for the British Advanced Gas cooled Reactors, AGR.

Brian’s approach, which he carried out brilliantly, was to underpin engineering design data with an understanding of the basic science. For example he related the irradiation-induced dimensional changes in the graphite bricks in the reactor core to the displacement of atoms in the graphite crystal. Brian made many contributions to the basic science of graphite, much of it summarised in his much sought after book ‘The Physics of Graphite’, Applied Science Publishers, 1981. In 1981 he also received the Charles E Pettinos Award of the American Carbon Society for “his many contributions to the theoretical and experimental aspects of the physics of carbon and graphite”….

After his retirement form the UKAEA, Brian was engaged as a consultant by Oak Ridge National Laboratories, USA. During a productive association with ORNL, Brian worked on a number of projects including graphites for high temperature gas-cooled reactors and the mechanisms of irradiation induced creep of graphite. Brian was an engaging person who wore his formidable learning lightly. At conferences he enjoyed vigorous but good-natured discussions on many topics but particularly on the physics of graphite.

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Presenter / Early bird registration deadline 7 May 2017
Congress dates 23 -28 July 2017
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