Castner Medal and Lecture

Established 1946

Hamilton Castner is best known as a pioneer in the field of industrial electro-chemistry. He found a better process for caustic soda manufacture, resulting in the now world-famous mercury cell for the electrolysis of brine. His process was patented in 1892 and was soon established in many parts of the world, making full use of SCI connections.

Nominations are submitted by members of either the Electrochemical Technology or Separation Science and Technology Groups.

Award Information

Medal History

The Castner Medal and Lecture on Industrial Electrochemistry is a biennial award given by SCI's Electrochemical Technology Group. The award is named in honour of Hamilton Young Castner (1858-1899), a scientist, engineer and industrialist who changed the world in several respects. He is best known as a pioneer in the field of industrial electrochemistry, where he patented the mercury cell for the chloralkali process in 1892. Originally called the Castner Gold Medal, 23 academics and industrialists have received the award to date, starting in 1947.

Lecture Details

The Castner Medal and Lecture are usually presented at the annual Electrochem conference. The Electrochem conference series is organised by SCI's Electrochemical Technology Group, RSC's Electrochemistry Group and Electroanalytical Sensing Systems Group. When this is not possible, the medal presentation and lecture takes place at SCI's headquarters.

2017 Recipient - Prof Frank C Walsh

In November 2017, Professor Frank C Walsh was presented with the Castner Medal. Speaking with the experience of a 40-year combined career in academia and industry, Professor Walsh began his lecture with a statement of the important research needs and good experimental practice in real-world, applied electrochemistry. Read more here.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Authority on applied electrochemistry
    • In subjects connected with chemical research
    Career Stage
    • Authority
    • Mid - Late Career
    • Electrochemistry
    • Electrochemical Technology


Nominations open TBC
Nominations close TBC
Frequency Biennial

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