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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

UKSAF Crossley Award

The Crossley Award is for the best presentation from an industry-based researcher, an academic collaboration with industrial partners or project with demonstrable industry impact, at the UK Surface Analysis Forum (UKSAF) Summer Meeting.

Find out more about UKSAF.

Group events

IOP Materials and Characterisation Christmas Lecture 2023: ‘Unlocking the past: X-ray imaging in the British Museum’

13 December 2023, online and at the Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London, UK

Register now

ONLINE: Materials and Characterisation Seminar Series webinar

2 November 2023

NuFor: Nuclear Forensics

10-12 October 2023, Mary Ward House Conference and Exhibition Centre, London, UK

Image-Based Simulation for Industry 2023 (IBSim-4i 2023)

9-13 October 2023, Institute of Physics, London, UK

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

ChairDr Giles Aldrich-Smith, MInstP
SecretaryDr Andrew Pollard, CPhys MInstP
TreasurerDr Thomas Hase, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Jason Corbett, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary MemberMiss Ashleigh Davidson, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Richard Day, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Francesco Enrichi, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Marina Leontiadou, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Catalin Pruncu, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Kerrie Smith, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Ben Spencer, MInstP
Early Career PhysicistMs Eleonore Cassandra Poli, MInstP

Email: [email protected]