Morgan Advanced Materials Event Recognises Young Talent in Materials Science


The event, which took place at the Armourers’ Hall in London, was the product of Morgan’s burgeoning relationship with the Armourers & Brasiers’ Company, a livery company of the City of London, which is committed to promoting and developing the highest possible standards within materials science.  The partnership is designed to support the development of early talent, continued learning and research in materials science and activities with key education partners.

The event celebrated the most impressive achievements from across the industry, bringing together some of the most promising young talents within Morgan Advanced Materials, including apprentices, placement students and members of the Graduate Leadership Programme (GLP) cohort, as well as members of  the wider academic community. The candidates were nominated by Morgan’s partner institutions for their exceptional contributions to materials science. One particular success story was Dr Sneha Rhode, the winner of the Professor Sir Richard Brook prize sponsored by Morgan, who received the accolade on the strength of her cutting-edge research into the atomic structure of ceramic nitride films.

The event also provides a forum for the aspiring scientists to meet with industry leaders, members of the A+B Materials Science committee and Graduate Leadership Programme participants, to discuss key issues facing the materials science industry. A number of presentations were given by senior Morgan figures, including Morgan CEO Pete Raby, who explored the impact of top talent acquisition on the continued success of the business. A presentation given by Mike Murray, Chief Technology Officer at Morgan, explored some of the ground-breaking innovations currently in the pipeline, while Mehul Chavda, Research Analyst for Morgan Advanced Materials at the National Graphene Institute and currently in the second year of his Graduate Programme, was able to provide an insight into the GLP as well as an overview of Morgan’s industry-leading collaboration work with the Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester.

Pete Raby explained: “Talented young graduates and apprentices are the lifeblood of our business and we always seek to attract the very best talent on offer. Our continued aim is to create an environment which encourages this fresh talent to thrive and lead future innovation through cutting-edge research and the pushing of technological boundaries. Our unrivalled expertise in materials science is what gives us a competitive advantage in the marketplace and allows us to find solutions to our customers’ most challenging engineering problems.”

Professor Bill Bonfield, CBE FRS FREng, FMedSci, Chairman of the A+B Materials Science Committee said: “The Armourers & Brasiers’ Company has supported education and innovation in metals and materials since its foundation in 1322. Our primary charitable purpose in the 21st century is to encourage young people to enjoy science and to explore and develop careers in Materials Science which is full of fascinating and rewarding opportunities. We are delighted to be working with Morgan Advanced Materials to deliver these shared goals. It was a great pleasure to welcome these outstanding candidates to Armourers’ Hall to receive their awards.” 

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