Published: 04 March 2016

Industrial Advisory Group meeting

The university research teams came together with members of the Industrial Advisory Group to discuss the current focus and future direction of MASSIVE at the second annual IAG meeting, held at Queen Mary University of London on 10 February.

Following an overview by project lead Robert Dorey, the academic groups presented ongoing work addressing powder synthesis, processing techniques, and environmental and health risk assessment of lead free substitute functional materials.

They were given valuable feedback by the advisory group about the issues which are of most concern to industry such as scaleup of manufacturing routes and business drivers from current and future legislation on safety and sustainability of materials supply. With the first of the programme of short-term Feasibility Studies recently completed - a collaboration between the University of Surrey and Knowles to improve ink formulation for printed dielectric films – we welcome proposals from our industry partners for further collaborative projects within the framework of MASSIVE.

ENI report highlights the environmental impact of nanomaterials

Dr Sophie Rocks, MASSIVE co-investigator and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at Cranfield University, was one of the organisers of the Environmental Nanoscience Initiative (ENI) finale event held in December 2015 at the Royal Society in London to showcase the final outcomes of three major UK/US research collaborations on the impact of nanomaterials on the environment.

Running since 2006 and funded by UK Research Councils, Defra, the Environment Agency and Department of Health in conjunction with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the ENI’s findings highlight key future impacts for both industry and policy audiences, as outlined in the report Fate, behaviour and impacts of nanomaterials in the environment.

Cranfield’s focus within MASSIVE is on the environmental risks associated with the original and replacement functional materials and processes currently under development at the other partner universities. Contact Sophie Rocks.

Functional materials activity at Surrey

Engineering degree students are currently undertaking a range of small-scale projects supporting MASSIVE in the University of Surrey’s Functional Nanomaterials lab, looking at low temperature integration of zinc oxide films with flexible fabrics, developing a piezoelectric energy harvesting demonstrator platform for public engagement purposes and screen printing of electrically conductive aluminium doped zinc oxide thick films onto silicon substrates.


Our research teams will be looking forward to some Spring sunshine as they head to Scarborough for the Sustainable Functional Materials conference in early April! The conference programme is now finalised and MASSIVE will be well represented, with presentations from the university groups as well as an invited talk on Piezoelectric ceramics under the scope of RoHS by Eberhard Hennig of PI Ceramic, one of our partner companies.

The conference aims especially to gain an industry perspective on future sustainability issues for functional materials and manufacturing processes so promises to be of interest to all of our partners.

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