Beta facilitates and manages the award process for this prestigious accolade on behalf of its sponsor, Brazilian mining company Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM). Having been involved since its inception over 30 years ago, Beta has developed the procedures for identifying and selecting the best published research paper on the science and technology of niobium and its alloys. The selection is made by a panel of international experts and is ratified by the UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
The annual Award brings together a network of leading metallurgists from around the world and the activity highlights trends in research and the end use application of niobium alloys. Over the past five years Beta has introduced two new aspects on behalf of the client. A Lifetime Achievement Award was initiated in 2008 to recognise long-term commitment to niobium metallurgy and the Charles Hatchett Award seminars. Held adjacent to the annual prize-winning ceremonies in London, the subject of each seminar is built around each year’s winning paper. A video, produced by Beta, about the 2016 seminar can be viewed here. The presentations from the seminar are also available to view here.
CBMM is the world’s premier supplier of niobium and niobium technology. They have sponsored the Award since its inception with the objective of promoting niobium and its applications. The most important use of niobium is as an alloying element to strengthen steel, with main applications in the oil and gas, automotive and structural sectors.