Materials and Characterisation Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.

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.

Would you like to join this group?

Group physics prizes and competitions

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

The 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).

The winner receives a cash prize and certificate.

All delegates are considered to be early career for the purposes of this prize. Poster submissions are judged during the conference by a panel convened by the conference organisers. 


Submission deadline 5 July 2019

Submit an entry.

Read about the 2018 RAMS Meeting



Adrien Chauvet (University of Sheffield)
For their poster entitled: 'Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Watching electrons dynamics "live"'

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.

The award is a cash prize and a certificate.

Poster submissions are judged by a panel convened by the conference organisers. 

Read about the 2018 RAMS Meeting



Yusuf Chanchangi (University of Exeter)
For their poster entitled: 'Effect of dust formation on the PV module's performance in Nigeria: A preliminary study'

Annual conference and group events

NuFor 2020: Nuclear Forensics Conference

NuFor is a two-day technical conference to share developments in the field of Nuclear Forensics.

It's being held at IOP headquarters in London on 14-15 October 2020.

Find out more and register.

Find our other group events on the IOP events site. 


Our newsletter includes:

  • reports on our recent activities
  • feedback from students who have had financial help to attend conferences
  • news on the Materials and Characterisation Group community

Email to contribute to the newsletter. 

April 2020 (PDF, 1.2MB)
April 2019 (PDF, 739 KB)
April 2018 (PDF, 1.07MB)
January 2017 (PDF, 1.54MB)
November 2014 (PDF, 804KB)
October 2013 (PDF, 615KB)
December 2011 (PDF, 669KB)
May 2010 (PDF, 462KB)

Committee and contacts

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