Dame Clare Grey DBE FRS

Clare Grey is a chemist and expert in the application to materials of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), a physical phenomenon that allows observations of atomic nuclei. In particular, she uses NMR to study rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and their potential for use in energy storage applications that benefit the environment.

Clare and her team developed NMR methodology to monitor structural changes that occur during the operation of a battery. Her research has helped us to understand how batteries charge and discharge, and has also clarified the physical properties of a number of technologically important materials.

Clare now investigates the effect of local structure and electronic properties on LIB performance and is testing wider applications of the technology. Her work has introduced LIBs for use in combination with new renewable energy sources and to the field of transportation. Clare’s research has been recognised by several awards, including the Günther Laukien prize in 2013, and the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 2014.


  • Davy Medal

    For further pioneering applications of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance to materials of relevance to energy and the environment.

  • Hughes Medal

    For her pioneering work on the development and application of new characterization methodology to develop fundamental insight into how batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells operate.

  • Kavli Medal and Lecture

    In recognition of her pioneering work in solid state NMR uses in the field of lithium-ion batteries.

Dame Clare Grey DBE FRS
Elected 2011