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Professor Saiful Islam
Professor Saiful Islam
Audience wearing 3D goggles for the lecture
Audience wearing 3D goggles for the lecture
Professor Islam giving his lecture
Professor Islam giving his lecture
photos by Nic Delves-Broughton

Press Release - 20 April 2007

Free lecture on using green energy materials to help kick fossil fuel habit

New materials behind clean energy technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be discussed at a free lecture at the University of Bath (Wednesday 25 April 2007).

As the threat of global warming increases and oil stocks begin to reduce, the pressure is on to develop cleaner sustainable ways of powering homes and vehicles. This includes hybrid petrol-electric cars, such as the Toyota Prius, and fuel cells to power “zero-emission” buses and heat homes.

The public lecture, “Clean Energy Materials: Crystal Gazing on the Atomic Scale”, by Professor Saiful Islam, of the University’s Department of Chemistry, will give a flavour of the fascinating chemistry behind some of these green technologies.

The electric-battery part of hybrid cars have limited power, and the operating costs of fuel cells can be high. Professor Islam’s research looks at ways of making these technologies more efficient.

These include using crystalline ceramic compounds for rechargeable lithium batteries, similar to those used in mobile phones and laptop computers.

“New materials hold the key to cleaner and better lithium batteries and fuel cells for cars and homes, which will help kick the fossil fuel habit,” said Professor Islam.

“Although I’m a chemist, I don’t wear a white lab coat - instead I use supercomputers to build atomic-scale structural models to help understand and design novel materials that can be tested in experimental labs.

“Computer modelling can also reveal the intricacy and beauty of solid matter at the atomic level”.

Free tickets for the inaugural lecture are available from Sheila Willmott, tel 01225 386631 or email her. Free parking is available in the West car park. The talk begins at 6.15pm in the lecture theatre 2 East 3.1 on the University of Bath campus.

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