Brook Prize Presented to Outstanding UK Ceramics PhD


The 2013 Professor Sir Richard Brook Prize was awarded to Dr Huixing Zhang, for her thesis on Mechanical and Microstructural Study of Silicon Carbide and Pyrolytic Carbon Coatings in TRISO Fuel Particles, undertaken at the University of Manchester.

The Brook Prize is organised by the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC) at Imperial College London (, and was this year presented by Mike Murray, Chief Technical Officer at Morgan Advanced Materials.

The award winner is selected from ceramic science or engineering PhDs completed at a UK university in the past 12 months, with theses nominated by PhD supervisors. The judging panel, comprising of various industry experts, also receive the abstract of each thesis and a short supporting statement from the students as part of the judging process.

Dr Zhang, who received a certificate and cash prize, holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, an MSc in Materials Science from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, and a BEng in Material Science and Technology from the China University of Mining and Technology. Dr Zhang is currently conducting research on the microstructure and dynamics of molten salt by high temperature NMR spectroscopy at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Zhang said: “I am really happy with my project and truly enjoyed working in such a warm and welcoming department. My colleagues at the University of Manchester were exceptional to work with and willing to help at any point, most notably the technicians in the materials department who were always keen to lend a hand.

“I must also reserve thanks to Morgan Advanced Materials for its continued support of ceramics PhDs across the UK. It’s a great honour to be recognised by a leading player in the market.”

Mike Murray, Chief Technical Officer from Morgan Advanced Materials added: “As a global leader in ceramics, we are delighted to sponsor the Brook Prize for the third successive year. We would like to extend our congratulations to Dr Huixing Zhang for her PhD thesis, a truly exceptional piece of work.”


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