Sustainable Functional Materials (SFM) 2018

Date • Time

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:00 to Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 16:00


Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, UK.


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SFM2018 is a two-day conference to be held on 17th and 18th April 2018 at the Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare. Organised by Robert Dorey at the University of Surrey and Ian Reaney at the University of Sheffield, the conference is supported by EPSRC projects MASSIVE and SUBST.

Conference Theme

Following on from the success of the inaugural SFM conference held in April 2016 in Scarborough, the second edition of the biennial Sustainable Functional Materials conference will continue to focus on the issues around maintaining an environmentally friendly, sustainable and economically viable functional materials and device industry.

Topics will include piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics, energy harvesting, functional properties and characterisation, devices, and sustainability and risk, with particular emphasis on the scale-up of processing and manufacturing techniques.

SFM2018 will be of interest both to academic researchers and to industrialists, aiming to gain the perspective of industry concerning the materials substitution and sustainability issues likely to become critical over the next decade.


The conference will be held at the Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare, running from 11:00 on Tuesday 17th April to 16:00 on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

Conference co-chairsProfessor Robert Dorey, Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, University of Surrey, and Professor Ian M. Reaney, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield.

Keynote speakers: To be announced.

Poster Session: A dedicated poster session will be held during the welcome reception and during session breaks. Posters should be printed in portrait format, maximum A1 size.

Exhibitors and sponsors: For further details about exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at SFM2018, please contact

The detailed programme will be available here.


Registration is £140 for academics and £100 for students. This includes welcome reception, lunches and coffee breaks. To register, please visit the University of Surrey online store. Registration will open from 1st September 2017.

Abstract Submission

We welcome contributed oral and poster presentations on the topics outlined above within the theme of the conference. Abstracts should be submitted to using this SFM2018 abstract template (docx).

The meeting organisers will select abstracts to form a balanced programme.

Abstract submission will open from 1st September 2017.

Travel and Accommodation

Information about travel to the venue can be found at

Accommodation has not been reserved but is available at a wide range of hotels close to the venue (see and

Key Dates and Contacts

Registration and abstract submission: from 1st September 2017

Abstract submission closes: 22nd January 2018

Abstract acceptance notified: 2nd February 2018

Abstract submission:

For further details about SFM2018 please contact

Manufacture of safe and sustainable volatile element functional materials

Substitution and Sustainability in Functional Materials and Devices