Bunshah Award Past Recipients


2018          Allan Matthews

University of Manchester, UK

For outstanding contributions to surface engineering and coatings tribology.
2017    John Woollam


 Seminal contributions to the development and application of ellipsometry as a primary technique for determining thin-film optical properties.
2016          Boris Movchan

International Center for Electron Beam Technologies Kiev, Ukraine

Pioneering work on electron-beam deposition, and his leadership as an educator and mentor spanning six decades and three continents.
2015 Péter B. Barna

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Pioneering contributions to the understanding of nanostructural evolution during thin film nucleation and growth based upon in-situ UHV TEM video imaging.
2014 Jindrich Musil

University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Seminal contributions to the development of advanced nanocomposite coatings with enhanced hardness, oxidation resistance, toughness, and crack resistance.
2013 William D. Sproul

Reactive Sputtering, Inc., San Marcos, Ca, USA

Seminal contributions in the developments of high rate, large area, multiple gas reactive sputter deposition.
2012 Sture Hogmark

Uppsala University, Sweden

Pioneering work in the tribology of complex hard, wear-resistant coatings.
2011 Stan Veprek

Technical University, Munich, Germany

Seminal work in the development of novel hard nanocomposite coatings.
2010 Helmut Holleck

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Pioneering research on thermodynamic constitutive relations and PVD phase maps for the design of complex advanced multicomponent coatings.
2009 Ivan Petrov

University of Illinois, USA

Development of a detailed understanding of the role of low-energy ion-irradiation on microstructural and texture evolution during transition metal nitride layer growth.
2008 Stephen Rossnagel


Innovative development of seminal thin film solutions in microelectronic device fabrication.
2007 Wolf-Dieter Münz, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria Seminal research and development in high rate magnetron sputtering related technologies and new materials for wear and corrosion resistant, optical, decorative, and functional coatings.