Materials Science & Technology Division - Mission

The Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD) facilitates the application of fundamental principles, technologies and expertise to the processing of materials and manufacture.

We provide a unique UK forum that brings together specialists from industry, academia and government to share knowledge and supports education in materials and manufacturing technologies. We seek to accelerate opportunities for exploitation while ensuring sustainable development.

Terms of Reference

MSTD will:

  • Provide a focus for Materials Science and Technology both inside and outside of IOM3.

  • Interact with external bodies including academia, industry and Government to promote materials science and technology for the benefit of our members and the wider community.

  • Encourage technical cooperation for the development of new technologies and their exploitations.

  • Coordinate the organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; provide articles for IOM3 publications.

  • Work with similarly focused organisations in UK and internationally.

  • Provide advice and assistance to members as a learned society and professional engineering institution.

  • Encourage and support the activities of affiliated Local Societies.

  • Support the development of Younger Members of IOM3.

  • Encourage training and professional development.

  • Make recommendations to the Awards Committee of IOM3.

  • Deliver activities through its technical committees. Currently there are 7 technical committees focusing on manufacturing technology, applications or generic material science and technology.

  • Be managed and coordinated by the MSTD Board, comprised of approximately 12 members of IOM3 representing the MSTD committees and other IOM3 divisions with common interests.

  • The Board chair will report to the ITPB.

Committees of MSTD:

Manufacturing Technology

  • Bulk Metal Forming Committee: technologies required to produce billet, plate, sheet, bar, etc. This includes the forging, rolling and extrusion of all industrially significant metallic systems.

  • Advanced Sheet Metal Forming Committee: embrace all sheet metal alloys and their forming processes with an emphasis on high-end processes such as superplastic forming

  • Particulate Engineering Committee: provides a network for the promotion of particulate materials to industry, academia and the wider technological community.

Applications Committees

  • Defence Safety and Security Committee: exchanges information, knowledge and practice on materials used in the defence, safety and security industries.

  • High Temperature Materials Committee: promotes the understanding of the behaviour of structural materials used in high temperature systems.

Generic Science and Technology

  • Materials Chemistry Committee: ensures that UK industry and academia have the most up-to-date, accurate and reliable information relating to phase equilibria and the kinetics of reactions and transformations.

  • Structure and Properties of Materials Committee: promotes the characterisation of microstructure and understanding of microstructure/properties relationships.