The laureate of the 2023 Erwin Félix Lewy Bertaut Prize is Dr Matilde Saura-Múzquiz, for her impressive early carrier contributions to the field of crystallography of functional materials, in particular those related to the studies of magnetic and non-magnetic complex oxide structures (scheelites, fergusonites, perovskites, pyrochlores, …) and studies on nanoparticle morphology, nuclear and magnetic texture and magnetic performance of sintered materials, while combining neutron and X-ray diffraction methods.
Besides her multifaceted crystallogaphic work, Dr. Saura-Múzquiz has equally contributed to patenting a new method for preparing permanent magnetic materials. Already at this early stage, Dr Matilde Saura-Múzquiz shows clearly scientific originality and independence in her research. She currently holds an individual fellowship at the University of Madrid, where she develops hew own research, on top of various supervision and undergraduate teaching activities.
The Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut prize is awarded jointly by the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA) and the European Crystallography Association (ECA) in memory of the scientific achievements of Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut, a pioneer in crystallography and neutron scattering. The prize is sponsored by Mirrotron.
The ENSA board expresses a warm welcome to Portugal as a new member of the European neutron scientists community! Portugal will be represented by the president of the Portugese Groups of Neutron and Muon Users NeMPo, Maria Paula Marques.
ENSA joins the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin in the tribute to Prof. Dr. Michael Steiner, who passed away on the 5th of November 2022 at the age of 79, in Berlin. In addition to his many scientific contributions and his efforts for neutron scattering at the Hahn Meitner Institut and its evolution into the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Michael worked for our community as chair of ENSA during the period 2009-2014.
In Prof. Michael Steiner we have lost a brilliant researcher and a special person to whom we owe a lot. Our thoughts are with his family and relatives. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin had paid tribute to his work in an obituary.
The 8th European Conference on Neutron Scattering will be held at Garching, Germany, from March 20 to March 23, 2023. ENSA is very happy that the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum offers to host and organize this gathering of the European community that ENSA represents!
Early birds pay a lower conference fee, so register asap at:
ENSA joins ILL in the tribute to Hannu Muttka, who passed away earlier this year. Among the many scientific adventures he participated in and responsibilities he took upon himself, Hannu Muttka acted as the ENSA chair from October 2004 to October 2006. He shall be greatly missed.
Ferenc Mezei will receive the award “For the inventions of the neutron spin echo method and the super mirror, which have significantly advanced neutron scattering methods, and for the long pulse neutron source concept, which is the foundation for the novel technical design of the European Spallation Source now being built in Lund.”
Besides these, and many more qualities, we highly appreciate having prof. Mezei as the national delegate of Hungary for ENSA, and are grateful for his role as vice-chair in the board with prof. Alba-Simionesco.