The prestigious American Chemical Society Award recognises Professor Islam’s substantial contributions to the fundamental atomistic understanding of new materials for energy storage and conversion devices including lithium batteries and perovskite solar cells.
The development of low carbon energy technologies is among the most urgent challenges of our time in order to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change and to deal with the emerging issue of air pollution. It is now clear that the next generation of energy technologies depends critically on new materials, new approaches and greater understanding. Professor Islam uses powerful computer modelling techniques to help understand and develop new materials for solar cells and for lithium batteries in electric cars.
I am delighted and honoured to receive this award from the American Chemical Society. I would like to acknowledge the fantastic contributions from my research group – past and present; I am also grateful for the fruitful and enjoyable collaborations over the years.
The Henry H. Storch Award in Energy Chemistry is awarded for outstanding contributions to, and advancement of, the field of materials for energy applications. Professor Islam receives a medal and is invited to present a plenary lecture at a special ‘Energy and Fuels’ symposium at the next American Chemical Society National Meeting to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March 2020.
Head of the Department of Chemistry, Professor Andrew Burrows added:
On behalf of all my colleagues, I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Saiful and his research group. It is always gratifying to receive recognition for our research and this award is further testament to the excellence of the energy materials research that is undertaken in Bath.