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.

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Group prizes

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

This 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).

Find out more about the Early Career Prize, including previous winners.

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.

Find out more about the Group Poster Prize, including previous winners.

Group events

WATCH NOW: Christmas Lecture – The Curious Incident of the (Robot) Dog in the Nuclear Environment

Find out more and watch on demand.

NuFor 2020: Nuclear Forensics Conference

In light of recent developments, this event has now been postponed until 13-14 October 2021.

Find out more and register.

Find our other events for the Materials and Characterisation Group


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 [email protected] to contribute to the newsletter.

Committee and contacts

Chair Dr Giles Aldrich-Smith, MInstP
Secretary Dr Andrew Pollard, CPhys MInstP
Treasurer Dr Thomas Hase, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Jason Corbett, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Miss Ashleigh Davidson, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Richard Day, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Marina Leontiadou, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Richard Morris, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Catalin Pruncu, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Benjamin Robinson, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Kerrie Smith, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Ben Spencer, MInstP

Email: [email protected]