Queen's Birthday Honours: Professor Sir Peter Bruce

Professor Peter Bruce

Many congratulations to Professor Sir Peter Bruce FRS, who has been awarded the title of Knight Bachelor in the 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours List.  This is in recognition of Sir Peter's work to develop a fundamental understanding of the properties of materials and the processes taking place in batteries, and to use this knowledge to improve performance.  His research is concerned with new materials and chemistries that have the potential to deliver a step-change in performance (for example, increasing the range of an electric vehicle), and has earned him a UK and global leadership position in the field of batteries and energy storage.

Sir Peter has carried out pioneering and fundamental research into lithium batteries and their materials, work that has led to patents and their commercialisation.  He has also nurtured new generations of experts in batteries across academia and industry.  Sir Peter is a founder of the Faraday Institution, the UK's centre of excellence for battery research, and has provided leadership in the physical sciences as the Physical Secretary and as a Vice-President of the Royal Society.  He is a materials chemist, focusing on energy materials and has published 378 papers with an H-index of 118.  He is highly cited, being in the top 1% of researchers worldwide since 2015; one of only a small number of physical scientists in the UK to achieve this.

I am delighted yet also humbled to receive this honour in recognition of my research and leadership nationally and internationally.  No one stands alone; I want to acknowledge the excellent students, postdocs and collaborators I have had the privilege to work with over the years.  The fundamental science underpinning energy conversion and storage, to which I have dedicated my efforts, has a vital role to play in the energy transition to a low carbon society.  I hope along the way I have inspired others to embrace science and its place in society.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Professor Sir Peter Bruce