SFMT shall catalyze fruitful cooperation between companies, universities, and institutes in the field of Materials in Sweden, Scandinavia and across the national borders. SFMT is in the frontline for promoting and announcing innovations, product, and process development and research.
The Swedish Society for Materials Technology got its present form in the year 1986. In the preceding years, the society had the name “Svenska metallografförbundet” (in Swedish “Swedish Metallographers Society”). According to the constitution of the society, written in the year 1922, the aim of the society was to promote the development of physical metallurgy by means of collaboration between the metallographers in Sweden and others with interests in the field. The aim was expected to be fulfilled by organizing meetings/symposia wherein lectures, exchanges of ideas and demonstrations, publications and collaboration with other organisations of similar interests. The society was for natural reasons geographically placed in Stockholm, while the meetings could be held elsewhere.
In the early days, most of the metallographers (physical metallurgists) were active in the iron- and steel industries and the metallurgical microscope was the most important tool. It was realized by the mid 80’s that most of the physical metallurgists were employed in engineering industries. The normal physical metallurgist had become a material technologist. The requirements on the material technologist hade changed into skills in using a number of other analytical techniques apart from microscopy and knowledge about a variety of materials apart from steel like light metals, ceramic materials, coatings, composites, polymers etc. The name of the society was for the above reasons changed to “Svenska föreningen för materialteknik”. The corresponding English name was “Swedish Society for Materials Science” but over the years, the word “Science” was replaced by “Technology”. The aim of the renamed society was to promote the development of materials technology in Sweden. Special emphasis was laid on the well-known relationship between processes, structure and properties. This is illustrated in the figure below:
During the last years, increasing attention has been paid to the linking of properties with processes so that the materials can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the end-user. The society has also shown a growing interest in the variation of properties when the size factor goes down from “macro” towards “meso”, “micro” and finally end up in “nano” scale. Thus, the scope of the society has expanded significantly over the recent years.
Today the society is a very interesting meeting place for material scientists and engineers from academia as well as industries.
SFMT is normally active in two meetings/conferences per year one spring meeting including a board meeting and one fall meeting. The location of the meetings is chosen so that all of Sweden is covered geographically and the topics are chosen to satisfy both local and national aspects. The lectures given are presented by invited people from academy and industry. During the last three years two days meetings have been held in Borlänge, Luleå, Karlstad, Gothenburg, Linköping, Uppsala and Umeå. The society is also aiming at establishing contacts on an international basis and examples of location of bilateral seminars in Ukraine and Egypt.
The Society consists of free individuals that are in most cases employed by industrial companies and sometimes there is a conflict of interest concerning knowledge acquired. It is therefore important to stress the difference between specific knowledge about processes and other knowledge often leading to patents and general, often called academic, knowledge that can be shared and benefitted from by all. A lack of academic general knowledge is often a problem for development in many companies especially when paradigm shifting based on scientific knowledge is on the way. Many examples of the importance of this can be found over the years and one is today the introduction of additive manufacturing and use of graphene.
In order to both widen and deepen the knowledge the Society applied six years ago for a membership in the Federation of Materials Societies in Europe, FEMS. The SFMT board also decided to take the risk of expanding the goals and applied to FEMS to arrange the biggest materials conference in Europe, EUROMAT2019 in Stockholm first week in September.
Despite the limited experience of SFMT but thanks to an already established structure in previous EUROMAT conferences, persistent management and good PCO backup it resulted in great success. The fact that EUROMAT2019 coincided with the materials year in Sweden made it altogether the greatest contribution to materials knowledge in Sweden in history.
Thanks to the structure of EUROMAT covering nine areas with one extra added by SFMT the aims of the Society has expanded into covering traditional Swedish areas like forests and bio applications interesting for Swedish enterprise. Areas not traditionally covered like Health care and education are now involved. Another important part is the internationalization covered not only by international participation in EUROMAT2019 but also through association with other international organizations like TMS and ASM.
The board consists of representatives from Swedish universities and industry active in the field of materials. The present board has the following members:
The Board of Directors
Sten Johansson, President
Peter Åström, Coordinator/Secretary
Jens Bergström, prof. KaU
Guocai Chai, adj.prof. Sandvik
Lars-Erik Lindgren, prof. Luleå TU
Lars Nyborg, prof. Chalmers
Urban Wiklund, prof. Ångströms lab./Uppsala univ.
Business Data, SFMT
Bank account: 6138 081 677 146
Swish number: 1230495325