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Professor Saiful Islam
Professor Saiful Islam

Press Release - 03 March 2009

Watts new in clean energy materials? – batteries included.

As the threat of global warming increases, the pressure is on to develop cleaner sustainable ways of powering homes and vehicles.

University of Bath Professor, Saiful Islam, will deliver a talk on new materials behind clean energy technologies that help reduce carbon emissions on Monday 9 March, as part of the Bath Café Science series.

The talk, “Watts New in Clean Energy Materials? – Batteries Included”, will be hosted by Professor Saiful Islam, of the University’s Department of Chemistry. It will give a flavour of the fascinating science behind some of these green technologies.

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

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

Professor Islam’s research, which recently won the Fuel Cell Science Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, uses supercomputers to build atomic-scale structural models to help understand materials that can be tested in experimental labs.

The talk will be held in The Raven pub in Queen Street in the centre of town. No tickets or reservations are required - just turn up at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

For further information please contact Prof Rod Scott (

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