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Melvin M. Vopson

Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Portsmouth

Dr Melvin M. Vopson is Senior Lecturer in Physics at the University of Portsmouth. His previous appointments include two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of York, senior R&D scientist at Seagate Technology (a world leading high-tech company) and over six years as Higher Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory.
Melvin's major scientific contributions are in the fields of solid state caloric effects, thin film growth technologies, multiferroic materials and their applications, optical techniques of characterisation of solids, development of novel metrologies and innovations based on ferroic materials, theoretical studies of non-equilibrium phenomena, fundamental physics and information physics.
Melvin developed new optical techniques of characterization of solids, novel metrologies for multiferroic materials, a non-equilibrium theory of polarization reversal in ferroelectrics, novel technologies for digital memories including the discovery of a 4-state anti-ferroelectric memory effect, the discovery of the multicaloric effect in multiferroic materials and the discovery of the mass-energy-information equivalence principle, or the 5th state of matter.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics, University of Portsmouth
  • 2006–2012
    Higher Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory
  • 2005–2006
    Senior R&D engineer/scientist, Seagate Technology
  • 2003–2005
    Senior postdoctoral fellow, University of York
  • 2002–2003
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of York
  • 1999–2002
    PhD student, University of Central Lancashire


  • 2002 
    University of Central Lancashire, Ph.D. Physics / Solid State Magnetism
  • 1999 
    University of Bucharest, M.Sc. (first class) Micro-technologies and Integrated Opto-electronics
  • 1998 
    University of Bucharest, B.Sc. (HONS – first class) Physics / Solid State Physics

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Physics
  • Chartered Physicist


Fellow of the IoP (FInstP); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA); Chartered Physicist (CPhys)