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Internal News - 12 January 2006

Professor Saiful Islam joins Department of Chemistry

Saiful Islam has just taken up a new appointment as Professor of Computational Materials Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry.

Saiful’s research interests lie in the field of inorganic materials chemistry, establishing an international profile in computer modelling studies of new “clean energy” materials for ceramic fuel cell and lithium battery technologies.

He is the PI on a new EPSRC Supergen consortium on Energy Storage with a £2.1 million grant to work on, for example, lithium battery materials for hybrid electric vehicles. He has served on the Editorial Board of the RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry and is an elected member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.

Saiful grew up in Crouch End, north London, and studied for both BSc and PhD degrees at University College London, completing his PhD in 1987 with Professor Richard Catlow FRS.

He then held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in Rochester, New York, USA, working on oxide superconductors. Saiful returned to the UK to become a Lecturer and then Reader at the University of Surrey until his appointment at Bath.

Saiful is married with two young children and enjoys football, jogging, films, art exhibitions and The Guardian over a coffee.