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Physical Crystallography Group (PCG) & Structural Condensed Matter Physics (SCMP)

The PCG of the British Crystallographic Association (BCA) and the SCMP of the Institute of Physics (IoP) are two names for the same group. The aim of the group is to promote and support physical crystallography in all its current forms. We organise meetings and workshops, award a thesis prize every year and a lecture prize biennially. There is also limited funding to provide student bursaries to help towards the cost of attending international conferences.

The aim of this website is to provide information to our members and hopefully attract new members from the community. The site is in the form of a ‘wiki’, which allows users of the site to add their own content and comment on others. In this way it is hoped it will be a dynamic home for the physical crystallography community.


We are pleased to announce the first PCG Intensive School in Physical Crystallography. Check out the poster and the website for more information!

The 2018 IoP Physical Crystallography Prize is OPEN for nominations. Deadline 19th January 2018 (see Prizes page for details)

The 2018 PANalytical Thesis Prize is OPEN for entries. Deadline 20th April 2018 (see Prizes page for details)

BCA 2018 Spring Meeting, University of Warwick, 26th - 29th March 2018

The PANalytical Thesis Prize 2017 winner was Dr. Pu Zhao (University of Cambridge).

The IoP Physical Crystallography Prize 2016 winner was Dr. Paul Saines (University of Kent).

PCG-SCMP Portfolio

PCG-SCMP Portfolio

Jobs in Physical Crystallography

Please visit our new section Jobs in physical Crystallography

History of the PCG-SCMP Group

Please visit History of the PCG-SCMP Group for a brief history of the group