British Carbon Group
The justification for a Group devoted to a single element of the periodic table lies in the diverse applications of carbon and graphite in modern technology and in the variety of different textures and structures that can be given to the material 'carbon'.
The discovery of the world of the fullerenes and nanotubes has, of course, added a further dimension to the Group's activities. The breadth of research efforts generated by the industrial importance of these materials is such that it spans many branches of science, engineering an technology.
The Carbon Group was originally formed in 1965 as a Subject Group of The Institute of Physics. In 1977 the Group became the Joint Carbon Group of The Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since January 1994 the Group has been joined with the Industrial Carbon and Graphite Group of The Society of Chemical Industry and is known as The British Carbon Group In addition to physicists and chemists, the Group welcomes professional members from other disciplines with an interest in carbon and is attracting interest from scientists working in Europe and the developing countries.
The Group maintains contact with similar groups in France, Spain, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, the USA and Japan, and has organised the biennials European Carbon Conference "Carbon '06" which takes place in Aberdeen in 2006.
Members are kept informed of Group activities through a regular newsletter which includes items of general interest to those working in the subject area of carbon.
Further information, including details of forthcoming events, Committee members' details, travel bursaries, and the Brian Kelly Award is available at www.britishcarbon.co.uk