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Prof Bruce and Prof Pasta

18th September 2018

Better Solid-state Batteries - Faraday Institution SOLBAT project

Professor Peter Bruce is Chief Scientist of the Faraday Institution and Principal Investigator on the solid-state Li and Na metal anodes (SOLBAT) fast-start project, of which Professor Mauro Pasta is the Project Leader. This £12 million project brings together seven universities, involving 19 academics and 19 postdoctoral students, the majority of whom study or work at Oxford. The aim is to increase the energy density of batteries, essentially packing more energy into a smaller space. The project’s lifespan is currently three years, with the potential to be extended up to ten years with further investment from the government.  For further information see Faraday Institution and SEH news article.

Prof Grobert

4th May 2018

Prof Nicole Grobert appointed to European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Congratulations to Professor Grobert who will formally join the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission in May 2018, following the departure of Cédric Villani due to his election to the French Assemblée Nationale in 2017.

Dr Kim and Prof Kirkland

20th March 2018

Rosalind Franklin Institute invest in unique electron microscope

£1.55m has been awarded through the Institute to fund the development of a time-resolved high-resolution transmission electron microscope, the first stage of a £10m project to build a ground breaking microscope which will be the first of its kind in the world. The project is led by Professor Angus Kirkland in the Department of Materials, who is also leader of the Correlated Imaging theme at The Rosalind Franklin Institute.  Further information is available in the MPLS News article.

Li ion batteries

24th January 2018

Oxford to have key role in multi-million pound energy storage research

Oxford University is to be a key player in an extensive new activity supporting the development of next-generation batteries, enabled by £42 million funding provided by the independent national battery research facility, The Faraday Institution.  The four initial projects announced are focused on solid-state electrodes, battery modelling, degradation, and recycling. 

Professor Peter Bruce, FRS, FRSE, Wolfson Professor of Materials in Oxford’s Department of Materials, will lead the work on developing solid-state metal-anode batteries. The ambition of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of a solid state battery with performance superior to Li-ion in Electric Vehicle applications. 


Prof Lapo Bogani

19th December 2017

ERC consolidator grant for Prof Lapo Bogani

Congratulations to Prof Lapo Bogani on being awarded a prestigious ERC consolidator 5 year grant supporting his research on "Molecular Magnetic Graphene Nanoribbons" as part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.  Eight of the 60 grants awarded to UK institutions were given to Oxford University researchers. 

Prof Peter Bruce

28th November 2017

Peter Bruce among world’s most influential scientific minds – three years in a row.

Congratulations to Prof Peter Bruce for being named as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher for the third year in a row. Professor Peter Bruce FRS, Wolfson Chair of Materials and an expert in materials for energy storage, is one of the most highly cited researchers in chemistry. Read more about Professor Peter Bruce's research on the group website.

Dr Roger Booker

10th November 2017

Dr Roger Booker (1927 – 2017)

It is with great sadness that the department announces the death of our respected and eminent colleague. Roger joined the department in 1966 and pursued world leading research into the structure and properties of defects in semiconductors and their effect on electronic devices. Roger formally retired from the department in the early 1990’s but then continued to provide research student supervision for several years.

Lithium Battery

20th October 2017

£65 million battery technology research institute

Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced the consortium of UK universities that will form the Faraday Battery Institute, a new £65 million research institute responsible for building the UK’s status as a global leader in battery research and technology.

The University of Oxford is one of the seven partners in the institute. The Oxford component will be headed up by Professor Peter Bruce and colleagues in the Department of Materials.

David Pettifor 1945-2017

20th October 2017

Professor David Pettifor CBE FRS (1945 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that the department announces the death of one of our most respected and eminent colleagues. David joined the department in 1992 as the Isaac Wolfson Professor of Metallurgy and established the Materials Modelling Laboratory. The MML became a national and international centre for research into the theory of metals and other materials, and continues to this day to fulfil the founding vision of understanding and designing materials from the sub-atomic to engineering scale. David formally retired from the department in 2011 but continued to provide supervision, guidance and irreplaceable wisdom to many early career research scientists and colleagues.

pdf Read David’s obituary by Professor Adrian Sutton FRS (Imperial College London), which appeared in shortened form in The Times on 5 January 2018.

19th October 2017

David Armstrong appointed Associate Professor

David Armstrong, currently a RAEng Fellow in the department, has been appointed to the new Associate Professorship in Materials, jointly with Corpus Christi College from 1st October 2017. Professor Armstrong is an expert in the micromechanical properties of materials, with a focus on materials for the most demanding environments, including Ni superalloys, steels, refractory alloys and ceramic-ceramic composites.