Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath and recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award (2013-2018).
He grew up in Crouch End, north London and obtained his BSc and PhD (1988) from University College London. He then held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in Rochester, New York, USA, working on oxide superconductors. He returned to the UK to become Lecturer then Reader at the University of Surrey, before joining Bath in early 2006.
Saiful’s research interests lie in the fundamental understanding of atomic- and nano-scale properties of solid-state materials for clean energy applications, particularly lithium batteries and solar cells, by applying advanced modelling techniques.
He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and member of the British Humanist Association. He is recipient of the RSC Sustainable Energy Award (2013) and RSC Francis Bacon Medal (2008).
Saiful’s involvement with the Diversity Committee reflects his interests in pushing for greater fairness and equality in society, and in promoting participation in science from under-represented groups.