Crystal clear success for Kate

Kate Sloyan
Kate Sloyan

A FORMER Denbigh schoolgirl has been named the Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year by the national Institute of Physics.

Kate Sloyan, who recently completed her PhD at the University of Southampton, was given the honour at a special ceremony in London.

She was nominated for her research into optical crystal engineering using pulsed laser deposition.

Already she has developed a simple but powerful tool that allows speedy automated growth of multilayer crystal stacks. This has already attracted interest from industries,

Kate has also worked to encourage other young people to make a career in science.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have received this award. It is recognition for all the hard work I have put in and all the support and encouragement I have been given by my supervisors.”

The award, sponsored by Shell, celebrates the achievements of female physicists at a very early stage in their careers. Making the presentation was Sally Martin, chairman of the Shell Women’s Network UK.

Kate is currently continuing her research into the field thanks to EPSRC Doctoral Prize funding.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Physics is watching Kate’s career with interest, said chief executive Professor Paul Hardaker.

“It is very inspirational to other early career physicists to see Kate already achieving so much at the beginning of a career, with, I’m certain, greater things to follow,” he said.