Sustainable Functional Materials (SFM) 2016

Delegates at SFM 2016On Tuesday 5 April, the Department co-hosted a two day conference with The University of Surrey to address the scientific and technological demands of maintaining a sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically viable Functional Materials and Device industry.

Held at the Spa Complex in Scarborough, the conference was designed to address a wide range of topics including thermoelectrics; fuels cells; solar cells and dielectrics. Attended by industrialists, solid state physicists, solid state chemists and materials scientists interested in functional materials, it provided an opportunity to gain the perspective of industry concerning the critical sustainability and substitution issues that they perceive as paramount in the next 5-10 years.


A-level Chemistry students from Scarborough Sixth Form College were also in attendance, taking part in a pre-conference presentation and workshop; a discussion on metal modification and a hands-on practical, testing the strength of chocolate. The students were able to speak with academics, learn about Materials Science higher education courses and potential careers. 

We were challenged to measure a range of chocolate including white, dark, and fruit and nut in order to determine which was toughest – and yes we were allowed to eat it too!

jess giddins / alevel chemistry student

Professor Robert Dorey presenting

Professor Ian Reaney presenting

Dr Fan Yang