A Sheffield Hallam University liquid crystal scientist has been awarded a prestigious award and medal for his research into how the crucial components of LCD flat screen TVs and iPhones work.
Professor Doug Cleaver, from the University's Materials and Engineering Research Institute, has been awarded the Cyril Hilsum Medal by the British Liquid Crystal Society.
He is the seventh recipient of the medal, normally awarded to mid-career scientists for notable contributions to liquid crystal science and technology in the 10 years' preceding nomination.
Professor Cleaver said that the award cemented Sheffield Hallam's reputation as one of the leading centres for liquid crystal research in the UK.
He said: "This award recognises my long-standing commitment to research in this area and is an excellent achievement for myself personally, for my co-workers and for the University.
"It confirms our approach of concentrating on cutting-edge science that relates to real-world applications and future technologies."
The medal was established in recognition of renowned British scientist Cyril Hilsum, former head of the Malvern Displays Group, who played a key role in the development of liquid crystal display devices.
Liquid crystal films are just 1/20th of the thickness of a human hair but are the crucial components of flat screen TVs, iPhones and games consoles. Pioneering science and engineering performed in the UK underpins this dominant display technology - licensing income from this research has earned billions of pounds for the UK.
UK research groups remain at the forefront of developing new technologies based on liquid crystals.