Recipient of the 2013 Sustainable Energy Award of the RSC, Professor Islam, was selected for his modelling studies into energy materials for new generations of lithium batteries and solid oxide fuel cells.

Commenting on the award, he said: “I am delighted to receive this, and would like to acknowledge my fantastic research group at the University. We are using state-of-the-art modelling techniques to develop new materials for rechargeable batteries with potential use in hybrid or electric vehicles.”

His lecture, ‘Atomic-scale studies of energy materials – batteries included’, will be given using 3D glasses for the audience, and will provide insights into the fascinating materials science behind green technologies.

These include crystalline compounds for lithium batteries, similar to those that have helped revolutionize portable electronics such as mobile phones and laptops, and are now being developed for electric vehicles.

Professor Islam said: “I use 3D images to illustrate the crystal structures of materials, and to show that chemistry can reveal the intricacy and beauty of matter at the atomic level, which can be as visually aesthetic as the arts.”

The one-day symposium on Chemistry in Energy will be held at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

Six distinguished scientists from the UK and USA who have been awarded prestigious RSC Prizes and Awards will speak about their research, which includes advances in solar cells, batteries and fuel cells.

The programme will conclude with an address and medal presentation by Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Professor Islam also recently received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013-18).