The British Association of Crystal Growth (BACG) Young Scientist Award 2018 was presented to Dr. Sarah Guerin (Department of Physics, Bernal Institute) on June 21st in the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe, Co. Clare. The BACG has established this annual award to recognise achievement by young scientists publishing work in the field of crystal growth. The award is made annually to the candidate achieving the most significant advance in the understanding of the theory, practice or characterisation of crystal growth processes published in the scientific literature in the previous three calendar years. Her presentation, entitled “Biomolecular Crystal Growth for Piezoelectric Applications” was delivered during the BACG Annual Meeting, which took place at the University of Limerick and was hosted by SFI funded research centre, The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC).

Sarah works with Dr. Damien Thompson, and Prof. Tofail Syed on the simulation and exploitation of biological piezoelectric materials.