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The supply of clean sustainable energy is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Better batteries for electric cars and solar power for homes require advances in new materials and underpinning science. Using 3D glasses, Saiful Islam will show how atomic – scale modelling and structural chemistry are helping us explore new energy materials for a low carbon future.

Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath and presented the 80th anniversary Christmas lectures (2016) on the theme of energy. He grew up in Crouch End, London and completed a chemistry degree and PhD at University College London under Richard Catlow FRS, followed by postdoctoral fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in New York, USA, and a lectureship at the University of Surrey. His research interests include computer modelling of new materials for lithium and sodium batteries, solid oxide fuel cells and perovskite solar cells. Sailful is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has received several research awards including the RSC Peter Day Award for Materials Chemistry (2017) and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013). He sits on the Public Engagement Committee of the Royal Society and is a Patron of Humanists UK. When he is not exploring new materials, he enjoys family breaks, indie music and football.

The Atrium cafe will be open before and after the talk. Check out the delicious menu and call 020 7670 2973 or email ri@ri.ac.uk to reserve your table. There will also be a cash bar before the Discourse, where you can relax, meet like minded people with an interest in science, and have a drink.


The dress code for this event is smart (ties optional, no jeans or trainers). Please note, if you are not dressed smartly you may be asked to sit in the gallery.

Please be aware that this Discourse starts at 7.30pm, but all attendees must be seated in the theatre by 7.20pm. The doors will open at approximately 6.45pm.

This event will be filed and on the Ri’s YouTube channel within a few months.