24 February 2021
Online webinar: 16.00 – 17.00 GMT
The supply of sustainable low carbon energy is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Major breakthroughs in clean energy technologies require advances in new materials and underpinning science. Indeed, a greater fundamental understanding of materials for batteries and solar cells requires characterization of their underlying structural and transport behaviour. In this context, combined modelling-experimental studies of energy materials are now a powerful approach for investigating such properties at the atomic level. This presentation will describe recent studies in the areas of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and novel perovskite materials for solar cells.
University of Bath
Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath. He grew up in Crouch End London and obtained his degree and PhD from University College London, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in New York, and a lecturer position at the University of Surrey before joining Bath in 2006.
His research encompasses major contributions to the deeper understanding of atomistic processes in materials for lithium batteries and perovskite solar cells with more than 225 publications. He has received several awards including the 2020 ACS Award in Energy Chemistry, the 2017 RSC Peter Day Award for Materials Chemistry and the 2013 Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
As well as directing the Faraday Institution CATMAT project on next-generation Li-ion cathode materials, he serves on the RSC Board of Trustees and the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee.
Saiful was invited to present the prestigious 80th anniversary Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2016 for BBC TV on the theme of energy, which included a Guinness World Record for the highest voltage (1,275 V) from a lemon battery! He is also a Patron of Humanists UK.
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