Professor Saiful Islam

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 Chemistry degree 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 high temperature superconductors. He returned to the UK to to become Lecturer then Reader at the University of Surrey, before joining the University of 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. The focus has been on novel materials for lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells, applying advanced modelling techniques to reveal atomic-scale insights that are difficult to extract from experiment alone. Recent highlights include: (i) unravelling ion diffusion pathways through new lithium battery compounds; (ii) pioneering studies on synthetic silicates for fuel cells with the first evidence of novel ion conduction mechanisms.

He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and devout member of the British Humanist Association. His involvement with EDAN reflects his interests in pushing for greater fairness and equality in society, and in promoting participation in science from under-represented groups.

Initiated by his RSC Materials Chemistry Lecturer Award (2011), he has presented numerous schools/outreach and public lectures using 3D glasses. He is recipient of the RSC Sustainable Energy Award (2013) and RSC Francis Bacon Medal (2008).

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