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APDIC United Kingdom

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK

The IoM3 Materials Chemistry Group


The Materials Chemistry Group is a sub-group of the Materials Characterisation and Properties group of the Insititute of Materials Mineral and Mining. One of our main tasks is to coordinate critical assessment and experimental work on phase diagrams within the UK and disseminate this information to industry. The membership of the group is open to all Materials Scientists in the UK who have an interest in phase diagrams and thermodynamics and is steered by a small commitee. The group has a balance between providers and users of phase diagram and thermodynamic information and benefits from a strong industrial input. The group provides a forum to identify industrial needs, a discussion group between specialists and a focus within the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for active national and international collaboration on the provision of assessed data, on modelling, and on theoretical and computational aspects of phase equilibria in materials. The current Chairman of this group is Dr Andy Watson of Hampton Thermodynamics

The group is interested in all aspects of the phase equilibria, including metastable equilibria and kinetics, in all classes of engineering materials and covering both fundamental and applied topics. It recognises the vital role that reliable information on both phase diagrams themselves and on the rates of approach to equilibrium play in under-pinning many spheres of materials science and technology. To this aim it seeks:

to co-ordinate critical assessments and experimental work in various organisations and institutions in the UK

to avoid undue overlap of experimental studies

to encourage and nurture international co-operation on phase diagram knowledge.

The Materials Chemistry Group is concerned not only with metals and alloys but also ceramics, slags, salts, semiconductors, superconductors, glass, nuclear materials and polymers.

We encourage all aspects of experimental and theoretical work relating to phase equilibria in materials systems ranging from direct studies of phase diagrams and the determination of thermodynamic mixing parameters, to the thermodynamic modelling of phases and ab initio calculations of phase stability and microstructure.

We also seek to support academic institutions in their role in the teaching of thermodynamics and phase equilibria and to ensure that materials scientists in industry have adequate training in this area of fundamental importance.