A student at Lancaster University has received the Stopford Prize in 2021 for his research into particle size.

In his final year at university, Jack Bently researched ways in which plasma spheroidization could be a suitable and financially viable method for recycling end-of-life stainless steel 316L powders, and his final report was awarded The Stopford Prize for outstanding achievement within the ChemEng degree scheme.

Jack Bentley previously interned at Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM) where he researched the recycling metal powders after being used in 3D printing processes. According to Croft, he identified potential markets for recycled powder and designed a powder separation and evaluation laboratory. Whilst at the company, he also conducted individual research into measuring particle size, sieving powders into size fractions, methods for repurposing metal powder, equipment for measuring powder quality, and plasma spheroidization trials. He was awarded the Industrial Cadets Platinum Level certificate by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) for his time at CAM.