Materials Chemistry Committee board

The aim of the Materials Chemistry Committee is to provide UK industry and research bodies with access to reliable and up-to-date information for phase equilibria and the thermodynamics for all classes of engineering materials. Such information plays a vital role in underpinning many spheres of materials science and technology. With this in mind, the committee seeks to coordinate and monitor critical assessment and experimental work in various organisations and institutions in the UK, to avoid undue overlap of experimental studies and to encourage and nurture international co-operation on phase diagram knowledge.

Membership is a balance between providers and users of phase diagram information and continues to benefit from a strong industrial input. The committee provides a forum to identify industrial needs, a discussion group between specialists and a focus within IOM3 for active international collaboration on the provision of assessed data, on modelling, and on theoretical and computational aspects of phase equilibria in materials. The committee seeks to make its expertise available to the wider scientific and engineering community through the organisation of conferences, seminars and discussion meetings.

We welcome enquiries from members of the Institute and also from others who may be interested in the work of the Committee.

Andy Watson

Chairman, Materials Chemistry Committee

Scope & mission

The committee 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. To this aim, it seeks to coordinate critical assessments and experimental work in various organisations and institutions in the UK, to avoid undue overlap of experimental studies and to encourage and nurture international co-operation on phase diagram knowledge. Read full mission statement

Links

The committee seeks to establish strong working relationships within the Institute, with the other UK based professional bodies, with industry and research organisations and with international bodies.

Liaison with other Institute committees such as the Structure of Materials and High-Temperature Materials Performance are a high priority. Joint activities are anticipated on biomaterials, electronic materials, environmental aspects of materials and possibly pharmaceutical products.

The committee has in the past developed links to other UK based professional bodies such as the RSC and SCI. Links to organisations such as the IoP and IEEE will also be pursued.

Internationally, members of the committee are active members of SGTE (Scientific Group Thermodata Europe), Calphad, various European Union research programmes, such as the COST 531 action on lead-free solders (which ended in May 2007 and was superseded by Action MP0602), the COST 535 action on the thermodynamics of alloyed aluminides, and ASM/TMS. We are always looking to develop further international links. The committee also acts as the IoM3 link to APDIC (Alloy Phase Diagram International Commission).

Research

The members of the committee are active in materials research with an emphasis on phase equilibria and thermodynamics. As part of the commitment to APDIC (Alloy Phase Diagram International Commission), a report is prepared annually summarising the research activities within the UK in the field of phase equilibria and thermodynamics. This information is also given in tabular form.