Following function in real time

   Kavli Medal Lecture by Professor Clare Grey FRS

The development of light, long-lasting rechargeable batteries has been an integral part of the portable electronics revolution.  This revolution has transformed the way in which we communicate and transfer and access data globally. Rechargeable batteries are now poised to play an increasingly important role in transport and grid applications, but the introduction of these devices comes with a different set of chemical and material challenges. 

This talk will describe existing battery technologies, their use in transport and grid applications, and research being performed at Cambridge and elsewhere to help develop improved batteries for these applications. 

Clare Grey is the Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Professor Grey is a recognized world leader in the use of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to study structure and function in inorganic materials. She has pioneered ground-breaking in situ NMR studies of batteries and fuel cells which have provided a greatly enhanced understanding of the processes that occur when a battery charges and discharges, and when a fuel cell operates. This work has a direct and important impact on the optimisation and development of systems for energy storage and conversion.
 
The 2011 Kavli Medal and Lecture was awarded to Professor Clare Grey FRS for her pioneering work in solid state NMR uses in the field of lithium-ion batteries.
 
The Kavli Medal and Lecture is awarded biennially (in odd years) for excellence in all fields of science and engineering relevant to the environment or energy. The medal and lectureship are supported by the Kavli Foundation.

Following function in real time 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

Events coming up

  • The interaction of fire and mankind 14 September 2015 at The Royal Society, London Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andrew Scott, Professor William Chaloner FRS, Professor Claire Belcher and Dr Chris Roos
  • The interaction of fire and mankind - further discussion 16 September 2015 at The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Buckinghamshire Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andrew Scott, Professor William Chaloner FRS, Dr Claire Belcher and Professor Chris Roos
  • Volcanoes and us 28 September 2015 at The Royal Society, London Discover why volcanoes matter as Steve Sparks FRS talks to Jim Al-Khalili OBE.

For more events please see the events diary.