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Structural Condensed Matter Physics 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.  

We are jointly run by the Institute of Physics and the British Crystallographic Association.


About the group

The Structural Condensed Matter Physics Group is also known as the Physical Crystallography Group.

As a special interest, member-driven group, we are concerned with the theory and practical applications of crystallography. Crystallography is an interdisciplinary subject and overlaps with many areas of scientific work.

What the group does

We played a major role in starting the British Crystallographic Association, which encourages the exchange of ideas between people from a wide range of disciplines and represents the interests of the national crystallographic community.

Our portfolio of interests includes:

  • data analysis
  • bulk properties
  • instrumentation
  • diffraction methods
  • magnetic structures
  • microstructure analysis
  • crystal structures and their transformations

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Group prizes

Early Career Physical Crystallography Prize

This award is for the best recently published work by a physicist in the early stages of their career in physical crystallography.

Find out more about the Early Career Physical Crystallography Prize.

Malvern PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography

This prize is for the best use of techniques or methods of physical crystallography in a successfully examined thesis submitted between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018.

Find out more about the Malvern PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography.

Physics resources

Group events

Our conferences cover a very wide range of topics and their relationship to crystal growth. In recent years they have dealt with:

  • magnetism
  • diffuse scattering
  • physical properties and their incommensurate and modulated phases

Conferences are organised in association with other groups and societies. We actively encourage collaboration with societies and groups with related interests.

Find events for the Structural Condensed Matter Physics Group


Useful links

Learn more on our joint MediaWiki page for the Physical Crystallography Group and Structural Condensed Matter Physics Group.

Committee and contacts

ChairDr Lewis Owen
SecretaryDr Alexander Browne
TreasurerDr Nilanthy Balakrishnan, MInstP
Ordinary MemberProfessor Mohammed Abdul Basith, FInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Matthew Cliffe
Co-opted MemberDr Chris Howard
Ordinary MemberDr Karen Johnston, MInstP
Ordinary MemberMiss Holly McPhillips, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Helen Playford
Ordinary MemberDr Daniel Porter
Early Career PhysicistMr Glen Hebberd