Printing and Graphics Science 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

The UK is a world leader in printing and graphics. Our objectives are to promote:

  • the application of physics in graphics arts technology, printing, packaging and papermaking
  • the development of innovative printing in new markets such as displays, lighting and printed electronics
  • recognition of the importance of physics in those industries, and to promote physics in these industries as a career choice to graduates
  • forums for communication in the scientific community in our industries

Research in printing and graphics technologies is multi-disciplinary. It can be carried out by scientists who may not have physics as a primary discipline in environments where physics is not the focus. Our activities are aimed at a wider community engaged with the development and application of physics.

What the group does

We have strong links with Institute groups in related subjects like:

  • tribology
  • polymer physics
  • engineering physics
  • materials and characterisation
  • ion and plasma surface interactions
  • liquids and complex fluids

We are interested in in the manufacture and properties of paper as a key substrate for printing, and in the physics of packaging. Our interests also include:

  • inkjet
  • colour
  • physics
  • science
  • printing
  • bioprinting
  • 3D printing
  • photovoltaics
  • visual displays
  • smart packaging
  • flexible electronics
  • printed electronics
  • visual psychophysics
  • electro-optic materials
  • graphic arts technology/science

We bring together scientists working in industry, academy and elsewhere, and develop links with professional societies like:

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Group physics prizes and competitions 

Printing and Graphics Science Group Student Presentation Prize

The prize is for the best oral and poster presentation at our annual student conference.

The prize is £50.

You can apply for this prize if you are:

  • a research student
  • at a university in the UK or Ireland
  • currently working towards a PhD or Master’s degree
  • able to present your work at our annual student conference

Oral presentations are typically ten minutes. Previous topics have included:

  • flexographic 
  • inkjet printing
  • ceramic manufacture
  • organic field-effect transistors in polymer layers 
  • bioprinting

Presentations are invited from students and researchers at postgraduate level. 

Abstracts should:

  • be a maximum of 200 words
  • explain the content of your 10-minute oral presentation and poster
  • outline research highlights to be presented to members of academia and industry 

Abstracts are assessed by a group committee. 

More information

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Mangoma 2019
Tanyaradzwa Mangoma

University of Cambridge. For Additive Manufacturing of Memristic and Neuromorphic Devices.



Birchall 2019
Liesbeth Birchall

University of Nottingham. For Reactive Inkjet of Quantum dot - Silicone Composites.




Yaan Liu

University of Nottingham. For Additive Manufacture of 3D Metal-Polymer Nanocomposites by Simultaneous Multiphoton Polymerisation and Photoreduction.

Jack Hinton, University of Leeds, for Hybrid Additive Manufacturing of Precision Engineered Ceramic Components.


Morgan Miles

Swansea University. For The Science Behind Flexographic Printing Uniformity.

Tian Carey

Cambridge University. For Spray Coating of Thin Films on Three Dimentional surfaces for a Graphene Based Capacitive Touch Device.


Beth Kazmierski

Durham University. For Inkjet Patterning onto Patterned Substrates.

Ashley Johns, Durham University, for Inkjet Printing of High-Molecular-Weight Polymers via Emulsions.


Sheida Faraji

The University of Manchester. For Low-voltage, Flexible Organic Transistors Using Novel Solution-Processed Nanocomposite Dielectrics.

Javier Ledesma Fernandez

University of Nottingham. For Jetting of Conductive Pastes for Printed Electronic Applications.

Physics resources

Download the conference report  by group member Tom Mitchell-Williams who was supported to apply for funding from the Institute’s Research Student Conference Fund to attend the 50th anniversary Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) in Denver, Colorado. 

Group events

Find group events on the IOP events portal.


2019 (PDF, 927KB)
2018 (PDF, 552KB)
2017 (PDF, 1.4MB)
2016 (PDF, 412KB)
2015 (PDF, 872KB)
2014 (PDF, 649KB)

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