The story of the Materials Chemistry Community at the Royal Society of Chemistry begins in 1991 with the creation of the extremely successful Journal of Materials Chemistry. The great success of this new journal encouraged the RSC to organise the first Materials Chemistry Conference (now often referred to as the "MC" conference series), which was held in Aberdeen in 1993 and attracted approximately 300 delegates.
At around the same time the RSC formed the "Materials Chemistry Forum" (MCF), whose main role initially was to organise and manage the MC conference series. However, the MCF proved to be extremely popular with materials chemists, having grown to over 2000 members by 2007. This popularity was partly fuelled by the continued success of the MC conference series, for instance MC7 (Edinburgh) and MC8 (UCL) both attracted over 400 delegates and MC9 was a centrepiece of the 2009 IUPAC meeting.
In 2008 the Materials Chemistry Forum became the Materials Chemistry Division, sitting alongside the more traditional Analytical, Dalton, Faraday and Organic Divisions. The new Division had the goal of setting, driving, and delivering the strategy for materials chemistry within the RSC. The MCD continued its excellent performance, giving a voice to all members of the materials chemistry community, and launching new initiatives, such as the MCD Poster Symposium aimed at early career stage members.
In 2016 the RSC undertook a substantial governance review of its Boards and Committees, which recommended that to ensure the full potential of the Divisions is achieved, the role of the Divisions should be reviewed.
In 2020 the RSC commissioned a review of the Divisions, one of the key recommendations of which was that the Divisions be reorganised into Subject Communities. In July 2022, the Materials Chemistry Division (MCD) officially became the Materials Chemistry Community (MCC).