Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Professor Saiful Islam wins Royal Society of Chemistry award

Thu May 11 16:54:00 BST 2017

saif_july13A-modelProfessor Saiful Islam, from the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Peter Day Award for 2017.

Professor Islam is becoming increasingly well-known to wider audiences, having presented the 80th anniversary Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2016 for BBC TV, on the theme of energy. He grew up in Crouch End, north London and obtained his Chemistry degree and PhD from University College London.

New, clean energy technologies require fundamental advances in the science of energy materials. Professor Islam uses powerful computer modelling techniques to help understand and develop new materials for solar cells and for lithium batteries in electric cars.

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive the 2017 Peter Day Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. I would like to acknowledge the fantastic contributions from my research group – past and present – working on computational studies of new materials for rechargeable batteries and solar cells with strong experimental collaboration.”

The Peter Day Award is awarded for outstanding contributions to, and advancement of, the field of materials chemistry. The award alternates between those specialising in the broad areas of soft matter and continuous lattice solids. Professor Islam receives £2,000, a medal and a certificate.

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