The Knox Award

The SSG is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Knox Medal; please send in your nominations to Prof John Langley by Friday the 12th of May 2017.
The Knox Award honors individuals deserving special recognition of their innovative or influential work in the field of separation science. It was commissioned by the Separation Science Group in 2008, and past recipients have included

+ Prof Keith Bartle (2015)

Professor Keith Bartle is an Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry and a Visiting Professor in the Energy & Resources Research Institute of the University of Leeds.

+ Prof Peter Schoenmakers (2014)

Professor Peter Schoenmakers is at the Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam. He received the Knox Medal at the 13th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology (HTC-13) in Bruges in January 2014. His research interests cover polymer analysis, gas chromatography and more recently, comprehensive two-dimensional chromatography. He has been the Chair of Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science at the University of Amsterdam since 2009. Peter is an enthusiastic ambassador and champion for the chromatographic sciences and serves on a number of editorial boards including the Chromatography Monograph series of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Prof Schoenmakers receiving the Knox Award from Prof John Langley
+ Prof Ian Wilson (2012)

Prof Wilson holds the Chair in Drug Metabolism and Molecular Toxicology at Imperial College London. He trained as a biochemist at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, going on to a PhD at Keele University on insect moulting hormones. After this he worked in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as a Senior Principal Scientist in the Dept of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics at the AstraZeneca Research site at Alderley Park in Cheshire (UK), joining Imperial College in 2012. He is the author, or co-author, of some 480 papers or reviews, and his research is directed towards the development of hyphenated techniques in chromatography and their application to problems in drug metabolism, toxicology and metabonomics.

Prof Ian Wilson receiving the medal from Prof John Langley
+ Prof Chang Kee Lim (2011)

Prof Lim was awarded the Knox Medal based his contribution to the development of separation science in general, and to the field of porphyrin analysis in particular, work that has resulted in the elucidation of several previously unknown metabolic pathways. This award recognises an outstanding contribution to separation science over a prolonged period.

Prof Chang Kee Lim receiving the medal from Prof John Langley
+ Prof Pat Sandra (2009)

Prof Sandra is an Emeritus Professor in organic chemistry at Ghent University and the founder and President of the Research Institute for Chromatography in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Prof Pat Sandra receiving the award

About John Knox
John H Knox (b. 1928) has been a pioneer in the development of modern high-performance chromatographic methods, including gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography (LC) and capillary electrochromatography (CEC), for more than five decades. He was an early leader in the field of GC, and first demonstrated its use for quantitation in the field of gas kinetics. In 1964, he carried out studies on fundamental aspects of band spreading in LC while on a visiting fellowship with Prof J C Giddings – this work formed the basis for the “Knox equation”. In 1972,  he was awarded a grant from the Wolfson Foundation, which led to the foundation of the Wolfson Liquid Chromatography Unit (WLCU). This in turn lead to the development of microparticulate packing materials for LC that are now marketed under the trade name Hypersil. An entirely new packing material was subsequently developed by WLCU, namely porous graphitic carbon (PGC). It is the only porous graphitic material which has become commercially available. Other developments attributed to John H Knox and his research group include: early work on ion-pair chromatography, the separation of a range of drugs and metabolites with Jurand, advances in the theory of band spreading in exclusion chromatography with McLennan, in the theory of overloading in preparative chromatography and finally benchmark papers on CEC. JHK became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1973, and of the Royal Society of London in 1984.

Award Details

To honour individuals deserving special recognition of their innovation or influential work in the field of separation science.
Anyone from an industrial or academic background, who is working or has worked in the field of separation science.
Selection and award criteria
Innovative, influential work in the area of separation science, e.g. recognised excellence in development, application, training and/or dissemination of information and results.
Announcement and Publicity
Calls for applications will be made via RSC newsletters, website, e-mail and appropriate journals.
Nomination and selection
Nomination for award is via an open nomination system from within the scientific community. A nominee must be proposed and seconded by separate individuals, who must each produce a one-page justification for the award that meets the defined criteria. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Any nominations submitted for the award will be decided upon, for their suitability, relevance and or merit, in line with the criteria of award, by the SSG committee at the May committee meeting. The decision of this group is final.
Frequency of award
The award will be infrequent, the timing of the award being governed by candidacy and the opportunity to  present the award at an appropriate meeting.
Presentation of award
The medal will be presented to the designated recipient at an appropriate scientific meeting together with a Certificate of Award signed by the Chair of the SSG and Chair of the Analytical Division of the RSC. The Chair of the RSC SSG, or his/her designated deputy, will present the award. The recipient would normally be expected to give a presentation of their work.