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 that 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
- diffraction methods
- magnetic structures
- microstructure analysis
- crystal structures and their transformations
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.
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.
- The Interactive Structure Factor Tutorial
- Bilbao Crystallographic Server
- Crystallographic Space Group Diagrams and Tables
- Introduction to Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PDF, 1,86KB)
- Introduction to Rietveld refinements (PDF, 3MB)
Our conferences cover a very wide range of topics and their relationship to crystal growth. In recent years they have dealt with:
- 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 group events on the IOP events site.
December 2017 (PDF, 122KB)
November 2016 (PDF, 148KB)
Autumn 2015 (PDF, 287KB)
Spring 2015 (PDF, 361KB)
Autumn 2014 (PDF, 549KB)
Spring 2014 (PDF, 349KB)
Autumn 2013 (PDF, 486KB)
Spring 2013 (PDF, 215KB)
Autumn 2012 (PDF, 674KB)
Spring 2012 (PDF, 867KB)
Autumn 2011 (PDF, 2MB)
Spring 2011 (PDF, 159KB)
Autumn 2010 (PDF, 313KB)
Learn more on our joint MediaWiki page for the Physical Crystallography Group and Structural Condensed Matter Physics Group.
Committee and contacts
|Chair||Dr Alexandra Gibbs, MInstP|
|Secretary||Dr Helen Playford|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Nilanthy Balakrishnan, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr John Claridge|
|Ordinary Member||Miss Arianna Minelli|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Lewis Owen|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Anthony Philips, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Paul Saines|
|Ordinary Member||Miss Ella Schmidt|
|Ordinary Member||Professor Izabela Sosnowska, CPhys FInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Paz Vaqueiro|
|Ordinary Member||Professor Anthony West, CPhys FInstP|
- Email: [email protected]