“Watts new with clean energy materials? Batteries included”
Professor Saiful Islam
University of Bath’s Department of Chemistry
The next Science Café will look at the new materials behind clean energy technologies.
As the threat of global warming increases, the pressure is on to develop cleaner sustainable ways of powering homes and vehicles.
These include new materials for lithium batteries, similar to those that have helped revolutionise portable electronics such as mobile phones, mp3 players and laptops, and are now being developed for electric vehicles.
Professor Islam said: “New materials hold the key to cleaner and better lithium batteries and fuel cells for homes and electric cars, which will help cut carbon emissions.”
Professor Islam’s research, which won the Francis Bacon medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry, uses supercomputers to build structural models to help understand materials on the atomic scale, which can link up directly with experiments.