The Group promotes and supports the community of researchers and industrialists working in this field.
Electrostatics is at the same time both a well-defined subject and a very ill defined area of research and technology. This is mainly due to the inter- or perhaps the better term, multi-disciplinary nature of the subject. Electrostatics is everywhere, from the macro scale in the atmosphere to the nanoscale in the interactions between molecules and atoms. Examples of subjects with interests in Electrostatics include atmospheric electricity, aerosol technology, bioelectrostatics, MEMs, surface interactions, and so on. As a result, the members of the Electrostatics Group come from a wide range of backgrounds and areas of research.
The Group organises a major conference, Electrostatics, every four years, and several one-day meetings every year on a wide range of subjects. We also publish several newsletters each year and are happy to accept articles of general and specific interest.
Electrostatics is one of the most important groups of physical phenomena, influencing the behaviour of nature on the extremely large and extremely small scales. Examples range in size from atmospheric electricity, through the balloon sticking to your ceiling, all the way down to MEMs, biological interactions and the interactions of molecules. The worldwide community of researchers and industrialists who therefore "do" Electrostatics is not a small one.
Electrostatics also has wide technological importance, with electrostatic based processes such as electrostatic liquid and powder spraying, pollution control with electrostatic precipitators and electro-reprography. There is also a widening awareness of 'static' problems, owing mainly to the diversification of the use of insulating polymeric materials and to the extensive manufacture of electrically delicate electronic components such as field-effect transistors and integrated circuits. Problems and hazards as a result of unwanted static electricity, as well as exciting new technical possibilities, arise in a wide range of industries.
The Static Electrification Group was formed in 1967 to further interest in all aspects of static electricity: its generation, storage and dissipation, its measurements, its uses and hazards, and means of controlling it. As a result, the Group is truly multidisciplinary, with a membership drawn from industrial companies, universities and research associations. Many Group members are involved in the preparation of national and international standards concerning the control and measurement of static electricity. Over the intervening period, the Group has expanded to included representatives, both in the UK and abroad, with interests covering the wide range of fields that Electrostatics has an influence on.