Beatrice Ruta, 2015 Young Scientist of the Year


The 2015 Young Scientist of the Year award was presented to Beatrice Ruta at the 25th annual ESRF User Meeting (9-11 February 2015). Beatrice, a beamline scientist at the ESRF, was given the accolade for her work on the study of atomic dynamics in glasses which show that the atoms inside a glass can in fact rearrange – while previously it had been assumed that they were always stable.

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Understanding the behaviour of atoms in glasses is an ongoing pursuit for scientists. Building up a general picture of how particles in a material behave is the key to understanding how properties can be manipulated to create improved or new materials.

Beatrice has been working in the field of glass research for ten years. The 34 year old has been at the ESRF since 2006. She said: “If you can explain glass, you can also then apply the principles to the study of other complex materials. The technique we used at ID10, ‘X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy’, made the observations in my works achievable.  After such a lot of hard work in this area, being named Young Scientist of the year represents an important acknowledgment for the whole team”.

The award was presented during the second day of the Users Meeting, by Professor John Evans from the University of Southampton and Diamond Light Source in the UK.

Top image: Beatrice Ruta, Beamline Scientist at the ESRF and winner of the 2015 Young Scientist of the Year award