Department of Chemistry

Successful conference on green energy materials

Wed Oct 08 15:45:00 BST 2014

A research consortium led by Professor Saiful Islam has recently hosted a successful conference at the University of Bath on sustainable materials for green energy applications.

On 22 September the University of Bath welcomed more than 75 delegates to the First Symposium on Energy Materials.

This was part of the £3.2 million EPSRC programme grant that supports a five-year project ‘Energy Materials: Computational Solutions’ to develop new materials for the next generation of energy devices, including more efficient solar cells for homes and rechargeable batteries for electric cars. 

Professor Saiful Islam and Deborah Demathieu from the University’s Department of Chemistry were the main organisers, with additional support from the consortium team of Professors Steve Parker and Aron Walsh from Bath, Professors Richard Catlow and Nora de Leeuw from University College London, and Dr Paul Sherwood from the Daresbury Laboratory. 

Consortium team and keynote speakers. Back (left to right): John Kilner, Aron Walsh, Emma Kendrick, Steve Parker, Nora de Leeuw, Paul Sherwood, Richard Catlow, Suhuai Wei; Front (left/right): Saiful Islam, Christian Masquelier.Consortium team and keynote speakers. Back (left to right): John Kilner, Aron Walsh, Emma Kendrick, Steve Parker, Nora de Leeuw, Paul Sherwood, Richard Catlow, Suhuai Wei; Front (left/right): Saiful Islam, Christian Masquelier.

Professor Islam said: “Materials performance lies at the heart of the development of green energy technologies such as solar cells, lithium batteries and fuel cells. This conference brought together researchers from these diverse disciplines, and was designed to facilitate new collaborations between computational and experimental groups.” 

The invited keynote speakers were Dr Suhuai Wei from the National Renewable Energy Labs, Colorado, USA; Prof Christian Masquelier from the University of Picardie, France; Prof John Kilner from Imperial College London; and Dr Emma Kendrick from Sharp Labs, Oxford. 

Professor Parker commented: “Judging from the feedback, this has been a very successful meeting, and we hope that a similar event will be held next year." 

Professor Matt Davidson, Head of the Department of Chemistry said: "Congratulations to the organisation team for this excellent and timely conference. Development of energy materials is an important research theme in Chemistry, and is also central to the University’s CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies.”