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Materials Sciences

The Materials Sciences Section has interests spanning composite materials, electronic materials, biomaterials, nanomaterials and magnetic materials.

The constitution of the section emphasises the principle of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of materials. A programme of meetings, workshops and courses is organised in support of this objective.

The Section Committee currently has interests spanning composite materials, electronic materials, biomaterials, nanomaterials and magnetic materials. It also has experience using a host of analytical tools including light, electron and scanning microscopies. Scientists and engineers working in the multidisciplinary field of materials science are always welcome to contact the Chairman (details opposite) with suggestions for future conferences or meetings that the section could organise or be involved in. RMS members with an enthusiastic interest in the microscopy and analysis of materials are also encouraged to contact the Committee and assist in our activities.


RMS Annual Materials Lecture
On the evening of 9 April 2013, the RMS Annual Materials Lecture was delivered:

Prof Sir Colin J Humphreys (University of Cambridge, UK)
'How microscopy and semiconductors can help to solve some major world problems'


Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Materials Sciences Section 2014 will be held on Tuesday 1 July 2014 in Manchester Central during mmc2014. Click here for further information.

View the Minutes of the 2013 AGM.

Members of the Committee

Committee Chair

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Mr Eric Bennett, National Physical Laboratory, UK

Eric is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory which he joined in 1981. Throughout his career he has acquired skills in metallographic preparation, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and image analysis of a wide range of materials. He is currently the facility leader of the microstructural characterisation facility in the Advanced Engineered Materials team at NPL. The facility is ISO 17025 UKAS accredited for “Measurement of Microstructural Features” for which Eric is the technical expert. He is also a member of BSI and sits on ISO/TC119/SC4 Sintered metal components and ISO/TC/172 Optics and Photonics. Additional, he is the Quality and Safety representative for the team.

Committee Secretary

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Mr Jean-Yves Mugnier, RSSL / Mondel─ôz food research centre

Jean-Yves is a senior scientist in the microscopy department at Reading Scientific Services Limited (globally known as RSSL) and also HQ for Mondel─ôz international’s cutting edge food research. His work over the last 15 years has covered a broad remit of scientific disciplines but mainly centred on materials science and food technology, using a variety of techniques but with particular focus on structural microscopy, spectroscopy and X-ray microtomography. His specialist interests include cryogenic techniques applied to hydrated and oil based materials (emulsions, colloidal compound food systems, plant material etc).

Committee Vice-Chair

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Mr Steve Metcalf, Carl Zeiss Ltd

After a government (MOD) apprenticeship and qualifying as an electronics engineer, Steve has worked with optical microscopes for the past 30 years. He ran his own imaging company, for a number of years, in the late 1980’s developing innovative imaging products for the optical microscopy arena and scientific instruments for academic, industry and research. Subsequently becoming a European Product Manager for Microscopy and Imaging products from the materials sample preparation company, Buehler. Steve has specialised in materials microscopy with the Carl Zeiss range of products for the last 10 years, and now heads the Materials Microscopy Division of Carl Zeiss.


Members and Co-opted Members

Gavin BellDr Gavin Bell, University of Warwick, UK

Gavin is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. He works in the broad area of surface science, particularly on semiconducting and magnetic thin films, epitaxial growth and surface structure. He specialises in scanning probe microscopy of thin films, including in vacuo measurements during epitaxial growth. Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM and SPLEEM – spin polarised low energy electron microscopy) are also important characterisation tools for these materials.

Julie Gough.jpgDr Julie Gough, University of Manchester, UK

Julie is Reader in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and currently a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. She researches cell interactions with a variety of biomaterials and scaffolds. Julie has been working in the field of Biomaterials since her PhD at the University of Nottingham.

Julie’s research is very wide ranging but one focus is imaging cell interactions with materials using a variety of microscopy techniques, particularly confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

Owen Green.jpgMr Owen Green, University of Oxford, UK

Owen is the Geological Facilities Manager in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. His research interests include geological sample preparation techniques and protocols, especially light and scanning electron microscopy applicable to palaeobiology, and specifically applications in micropalaeontology. He is the author and co-author of over 30 papers covering the diverse topics as the distribution of larger benthic foraminifera in Florida Bay, dating the collision of Asia with India, growth of the extinct flightless Moa of New Zealand, and early life on earth in Western Australia and the book A manual of Practical Laboratory and Field Techniques in Palaeobiology. He is secretary of the RMS Education and Outreach Committee and Chair of the Oxfordshire Geology Trust.

Rebecca Higginson.JPGDr Rebecca Higginson, University of Loughborough, UK

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Metallurgy in the Department of Materials. Her current research considers the study of microstructural development in metals and composites. Her group has carried out extensive studies on the high temperature oxidation of ferrous alloys. She co-ran an RMS 1-day meeting “Microstructure of High Temperature Oxidation” in 2007. Other work includes microstructural development in hologramatic laser welding, interpenetrating composites, energy materials & ultrasonic consolidation.

Stephen McVitie.jpgDr Stephen McVitie, University of Glasgow, UK

Stephen is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Physics & Astronomy.

His research interests include the development of magnetic imaging techniques using electron microscopy and magnetic force microscopy, and Micromagnetic characterisation of magnetic thin films.

Gary Nichols.jpgMr Gary Nichols, Pfizer Global R&D

Gary applies a combination of light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy techniques to investigate and understand the physicochemical properties of materials used during the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products. I am passionate about encouraging colleagues to use polarized light microscopy as a rapid and highly informative technique to support project progression and to troubleshoot problems in order to gain knowledge about the properties of raw materials and manufactured products.

Christopher ParmenterDr Christopher Parmenter, University of Nottingham, UK

Christopher is a Research Officer in Cryogenic Electron Microscopy. His PhD is in polymer chemistry through which he developed skills in Cryo-TEM whilst investigating soft and biological systems. He recently moved into SEM, specifically Cryo-SEM and FIB-SEM of any samples where there is a nano-scale problem to solve or understand. He is keen to meet with other microscopists to further his knowledge of EM & other techniques.

Andrew ScottDr Andrew Scott, University of Leeds, UK

Andrew is a senior lecturer in the Institute for Materials Research. He has extensive experience of a wide range of experimental (advanced electron microscopy, surface analysis, X-ray diffraction) and theoretical (ab-initio materials modelling, crystallography) techniques, acquired in both academia (Leeds, Newcastle, Brunel) and industry (BP Research).

He is secretary of the Materials Chemistry Committee of the IOM3 and a member of the RMS Education and Outreach Committee.

Dr Colin Scotchford, University of Nottingham, UK

Colin 1Colin is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Materials at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on cell interactions with biomaterials. This includes interactions with 2D material surfaces and 3D scaffold environments. Colin’s Master’s research involved histological and ultrastructural evaluation of liver and red blood cells from Atlantic salmon exhibiting a haemolytic anaemia. He then completed his PhD investigating pathological crystal deposition in articular cartilage at University College London, this mainly involved transmission and scanning electron microscopy.

Currently, microscopical aspects of Colin’s research include imaging of cell interactions with materials using microscopy techniques including confocal microscopy, differential interference contrast microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

Dr Mark Whiting, University of Surrey, UK