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Green Energy Materials in 3D – Crystal Gazing on the Atomic Scale

12 February, 2024 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry  

Professor Saiful Islam FRSC, FIMMM. Professor of Materials Science, University of Oxford

The supply of 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. With the aid of 3D glasses, this talk describes the materials science of lithium batteries in electric vehicles and the novel compounds for next-generation solar cells, as well as highlighting the use of materials modelling methods to gain atomic-scale insights.

Saiful Islam has been Professor of Materials Science at the University of Oxford since 2022, before which he was Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath for 16 years. He grew up in London and obtained his Chemistry degree and PhD from University College London followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs, New York, USA.

His research encompasses new materials for lithium and sodium batteries, and for perovskite solar cells. He has received several awards including the 2022 Royal Society Hughes Medal and the 2020 American Chemical Society Storch Award in Energy Chemistry.

Saiful presented the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for BBC TV on the theme of energy, which included a lemon battery world record. He is a Patron of Humanists UK and when not exploring new materials, he enjoys family breaks (as a dad of two), films and indie music.

Research website: and Twitter @SaifulChemistry

This event is open to both members and non-members to attend in person. The event will also be streamed using Zoom.

Members: Members will receive an email about a week before the event providing them with the information required to listen to the lecture using Zoom.

Non-members: Non-members may attend either on Zoom or in-person on payment of £5 (student non-members £3) by booking through EventBrite:



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