Ilya Prigogine Prize for Thermodynamics

Call for Applications

The Ilya Prigogine Prize for Thermodynamics consists of a diploma, the honor to deliver an invited talk at the next Joint European Thermodynamics Conference (JETC), and a  €2000 prize funded by the JETC organizers. It is awarded every two years to a promising researcher for his/her Ph.D. thesis or equivalent. The thesis must have been defended during the two calendar years preceding the year of the JETC. All aspects and branches of thermodynamics are considered, from applied and experimental to the most theoretical. The laureate is invited to the JETC with a registration waiver, but must arrange and pay for her/his travel and hotel expenses. Application rules and the deadline for application are given below.

The prize is usually awarded during the JETC where the recipient will be invited to deliver a talk on the subject of the thesis.

The next JETC will be held in Barcelona, Spain, in May 2019, website: https://jetc2019.uab.cat/

 

History of the prize

The Ilya Prigogine Prize for Thermodynamics was initially established by ECAST, the European Center for Advanced Studies in Thermodynamics, and was patronized by the Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine himself while he was alive. Later on, the prize has become part of the tradition of the Joint European Thermodynamics Conference (JETC) series.

History of prize winners

 

2001 - Emmanuel Bertrand

For his PhD thesis work entitled

Transition de mouillage des alcanes sur l'eau: rôle des interactions entre interfaces

done at Laboratoire de Physique Statistique de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.

2003 - David Reguera

For his PhD thesis work entitled

Mesosocopic nonequilibrium kinetics of nucleation processes

done at Facultat de Fisica, Departamento de Fisica Fundamental, Universitad de Barcelona, Spain.

2005 - Benoît Scheid

For his PhD thesis work entitled

Evolution and stability of falling liquid films with thermocapillary effects

done at Departement de Physique des Fluides, Faculté des Sciences Appliquées, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

2007 - Stefano Mazzoni

For his PhD thesis work entitled

Pattern formation in convective instabilities in a colloidal suspension

done at the Physics Department, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.

2009 - David Andrieux

For his PhD thesis work entitled

Nonequilibrium statistical thermodynamics at the nanoscale

done at the Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

2011 - Kirill Glavatskiy

For his PhD thesis work entitled

Multicomponent interfacial transport as described by the square gradient model

done at the Chemistry Department, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

2013 - Anders Lervik

For his PhD thesis work entitled

Energy dissipation in biomolecular machines

done at the Chemistry Department, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

2015 - Ronan Killian McGovern

For his PhD thesis work entitled

The economics of future membrane desalination processes and applications

done at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

2017 - Øivind Wilhelmsen

For his PhD thesis work entitled

Equilibrium and nonequilibrium thermodynamics of planar and curved interfaces

done at the Chemistry Department, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

 

 

The 2019 winner will be announced during the JETC2019 to be held in Barcelona, Spain in May 2019.

Selection committee

The applications will be examined by a selection committee of scientists expert in thermodyamics from different European countries. The composition of the 

selection committee for the 2005 Prigogine Prize was:

selection committee for the 2007 Prigogine Prize was:

selection committee for the 2009 Prigogine Prize was:

selection committee for the 2011 Prigogine Prize was:

selection committee for the 2013 Prigogine Prize was:

selection committee for the 2015 Prigogine Prize was:

selection committee for the 2017 Prigogine Prize was:

selection committee for the 2019 Prigogine Prize is:

Application rules

Please remember: the Ph.D. thesis (or equivalent level doctoral thesis) must have been defended during the two calendar years preceding the year of the JETC, namely, the defense date must have taken place between Jan.1, 2017 and Dec.31, 2018.

 

Applicants must provide by the deadline the following documents, to be submitted as pdf files either by e-mail or by providing a simple direct public download link if the pdf file is larger than 5MB (in this case, please understand that a download link requiring a registration procedure in order for the committee to download your file will not be accepted, therefore, your application will not be valid; a valid and free way to email a direct public download link to your pdf file is as follows: get yourself a Dropbox account, once you registered, place the pdf file in the Public folder inside your Dropbox folder, right-clik on the file and then choose Dropbox > Copy Public Link, this copies to the clipboard a direct public download link to your file, finally go to the email you are editing and select Paste, the link gets pasted into your email, to download your file the email recipient will simply click on this link, no registrations required for the recipient):  

- the full thesis manuscript as a separate single pdf document; if the thesis is not in English, an extended (20 pages) summary in English AND a single published paper in English based on it, chosen by the applicant for the purpose of the selection

- a curriculum vitae including a list of publications as a separate pdf document

- at least one journal publication (but no more than three) based on the thesis work as a separate pdf document

- a short abstract in English (no more than 2 pages) as a separate pdf document

- a single pdf file containing

* a letter of application with full name and address, date of birth, phone number, and e-mail

* a letter of recommendation§ written by the thesis advisor

and optionally, at the candidate's discretion,

* the formal evaluation reports on the thesis, if any  

* additional letters of recommendation§ written by formal or informal co-advisors, if any, explaining their role in the thesis work

§ The submission option to preserve letter writers' privacy, is to ask your advisor(s) to send the letter of recommendation directly to Prof. Beretta

 

Deadline

Applications must arrive on or before February 1, 2019.

The candidates will be informed of the results by April 21, 2019.

Send all documents and links in a single email to

gianpaolo.beretta@unibs.it

please in the object write exactly "Prigogine Prize Application" (without the quotation marks) and make sure you receive an email acknowledgment of receipt of your submission. 

 

About Ilya Prigogine

Ilya Prigogine was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1977 "for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures".

Webpage at Ilya Prigogine Center for Studies in Statistical Mechanics and Complex Systems.

DOE R&D Accomplishments webpage on Ilya Prigogine.

Nobel lecture.

A video interview.