Materials and Characterisation Group

About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we encourage activities focused on materials and material characterisation. Our large and multidisciplinary membership includes national and international academics, industrialists and governmental research organisations.

Broadly, our interests cover:

  • properties and application of materials, old and new
  • manufacture, modification and extraction of materials
  • all types of material characterisation including: 
  • physical
  • electrical
  • optical
  • elemental
  • development of materials characterisation techniques and applications
What the group does

We organise and support meetings that reflect these interests in the physics community.

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Group prizes
Early Career Prize for the Best Presentation at the Recent Appointees in Materials Science Meeting 

This prize is for the best poster presented by an early career researcher and lead author at the annual Recent Appointees in Materials Science Meeting (RAMS).

Find out more about the Early Career Prize, including previous winners.

Materials and Characterisation Group Poster Prize

This prize is for the best poster presented by a student and lead author at the annual Photovoltaic Science, Application and Technology Conference.

Find out more about the Group Poster Prize, including previous winners.

Group events
WATCH NOW: Christmas Lecture - The Curious Incident of the (Robot) Dog in the Nuclear Environment

Find out more and watch on demand.

NuFor 2020: Nuclear Forensics Conference

In light of recent developments, this event has now been postponed until October 2021.

Find out more and register.

Find our other group events on the IOP events site. 


Key dates

Abstract submission deadline:

30 July 2021

Registration deadline:

08 October 2021