EFCE Excellence Award Fluid Separations

Call for nominations 2022


The EFCE presents an Excellence Award every four years to recognise a PhD thesis published in the preceding four-year period, which demonstrates an outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in Fluid Separations. This document describes how this award series will operate and the rules and procedures governing nomination and selection of candidates.

The award will comprise:

  • A certificate
  • A cash award of € 1500
  • A travel grant (not exceeding € 500) and fee waiver to attend the Distillation & Absorption Symposium where the award will be presented

The 2022 EFCE Excellence Award in Fluid Separations will be presented at the Distillation & Absorption 2022 Symposium to be held in Toulouse, France, on on 18-21 September 2022. PhD theses published between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2021 may be nominated for evaluation.

The closing date for nominations is

7 March 2022

  • The award is presented to researchers or engineers in the early stage of their careers, who have made excellent contributions to Fluid Separations.
  • Nominations may be submitted by
    -  PhD supervisors at a PhD-awarding institution in an EFCE member country, or
    -  Members of a national or regional member association of EFCE
  • Self-nominations are excluded
  • No more than one nomination can be submitted by the same person
  • The nominated PhD thesis must address a topic relevant to the field of Fluid Separations, such as distillation, absorption, extraction, membrane separation, chromatographic separation and similar, of any operating scale. Both theoretical and experimental work will be considered, as will work considering both chemical- and bio-separations.
  • The nominated PhD thesis must have been completed and published and the PhD degree examined and awarded during the four calendar years preceding the closing date for nominations.
Nomination procedure, supporting documentation and closing date  

Supporting documentation: nominations should be submitted via the online submission tool and must contain the following information:

  • Name, address and CV of the nominee,
  • Name and address of the nominator,
  • Title of PhD thesis,
  • Date work commenced and date when the PhD thesis was defended,
  • Two letters of recommendation in English (no more than two pages each), from two independent referees, as well as one letter of recommendation in English from the nominator (no more than two pages), outlining the key contribution to Fluid Separations and stating clearly why the contribution is considered to be truly outstanding and thus deserving the Excellence Award.
  • An extended abstract in English (maximum 10 pages) containing the following information: summary, problem addressed, state of the art, key innovations, -   applications, implementations and results, references.
  • Upon request, a copy of the thesis as published (this will be returned after the evaluation is completed).

Submission Form


  • Deadline: nominations must be submitted to reach the Excellence Award Committee no later than the announced deadline. Late nominations will not be considered.

The decisions of the award committee are final and no discussions of any kind will be entered into.

Publication of selected work

The successful candidate will be invited to make a presentation at the international conference Distillation & Absorption 2022 (DA2022) at which the Award is presented.