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Electron Microscopy and Analysis 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 promote the development of new techniques in the physics community and encourage their use over a wide spectrum of applications.

Our members are from physics and cognate disciplines that include chemistry, engineering and materials science.

Our group’s broad-based interests in physics research attract members from industry, academic establishments and government research organisations.

The use of electron beams for microscopy, lithography, and structural and chemical analysis has become an indispensable tool in:

  • physics
  • biology
  • medicine
  • chemistry
  • metallurgy
  • mineralogy
  • materials science
  • electronic engineering

This trend is continuing as the range increases of analysis capabilities that overlap with other microscopies and associated techniques, including ion, light and scanning probe.

We started out as the Electron Microscopy Group in 1946 and changed our name in 1962.

What the group does

We welcome collaboration in areas common to physical and biological applications, particularly with those interested in instrumental or technique development.

We also support younger members to attend meetings and conferences.

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Group thesis prize

This prize is awarded annually for the most significant original doctoral work submitted in the field of electron microscopy in the physical sciences within the award period.

Make a nomination now

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EMAG conference

EMAG2024 will be held 3-4 July 2024 at ICC Belfast and will host our traditional blend of invited and contributed talks, complemented by poster presentations, flash talks, our already-popular EMAG Research Slam and many networking opportunities. Find out more.

This follows on from a successful EMAG2023 held last year in Manchester.

Group events

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Committee and contacts

ChairDr Donald MacLaren, CPhys MInstP
Vice-chairDr Laura Clark, MInstP
SecretaryDr Michele Conroy, MInstP
TreasurerDr Alexander Eggeman, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Miryam Arredondo-Arechavala, FInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Sarah Harper, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Emanuela Liberti, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Catriona McGilvery, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Joanne Sharp, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Thomas Slater, MInstP
Co-opted MemberProfessor Jun Yuan, MInstP

Email: [email protected]