Wednesday 26th October 2022
Professor Saiful Islam
Professor of Materials Modelling, University of Oxford
Saiful grew up in Crouch End, north London and obtained his Chemistry degree and PhD (1988) from University College London (with Richard Catlow FRS), followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in New York, USA. He returned to the UK to the University of Surrey and was then appointed Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath in 2006, before joining Oxford in 2022.
Saiful presented the prestigious 80th anniversary Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2016 for BBC TV on the theme of energy (attracting 3.8 million viewers). He is a Patron of Humanists UK and when not exploring new materials, he enjoys family breaks (as a dad of two), football, films and indie music.
Saiful’s research interests encompass major contributions to the deeper understanding of atomistic processes in energy materials, especially those related to lithium batteries and perovskite solar cells. Recent efforts have focused on new cathodes for lithium-ion batteries, on solid electrolytes for lithium and sodium solid-state batteries, and on understanding the behaviour of novel perovskite solar cell materials.
Research website: https://bit.ly/327BgQr