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Energy Materials Lecture from Prof. Duncan H. Gregory, University of Glasgow, UK

TitleNew Dimensions in Energy Materials

SpeakerDuncan H. Gregory

Time10:00-12:00, March 18th, 2019

LocationRoom 319, Comprehensive Experimental Building, Campus A, Chongqing University


With the steady depletion of fossil fuels, concerns over environmental issues and the necessity for secure sources of fuel supply, the need to explore alternative sources of energy is becoming more urgent. This situation presents a fundamental challenge for chemistry and for materials chemistry especially since not only are means to produce electricity or fuel sustainably required, but we will also require new materials to convert and store this energy effectively. One can thus consider storing electrical energy directly (for example in batteries) or indirectly using an energy vector – such as hydrogen. Moreover, we can harvest or capture available or waste energy using devices such as thermoelectric generators to convert heat into electricity. Our research at Glasgow is concerned with many of these themes at the interface of materials chemistry and energy. This talk will give an overview of aspects of this research and consider how one might design and produce new materials that can, for example, store clean fuels, have high ionic conductivity and/or high lithium storage capacity or convert heat into electricity efficiently. It will also consider how one might synthesise and process such materials more sustainably. The importance of nano-design strategies in developing new sustainable energy materials is central to this work.

Introduction to the speaker

Prof. Duncan H. Gregory FIMMM, FRSC

Prof. Gregory is the WestCHEM chair of Inorganic Materials, University of Glasgow. He was previously an EPSRC Advanced Fellow, Lecturer then Reader in Materials Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Kyushu University, was Vice President of the RSC Materials Chemistry Division Council from 2009-2014 and was the recipient of the RSC Sustainable Energy Award in 2009. His research interests focus on the synthesis and characterization of new solids including sustainable energy materials (e.g. Li batteries, fuel storage, thermoelectrics), inorganic nanomaterials and the solid-state chemistry of nitrides and chalcogenides. His research also embraces the sustainable production of materials including the microwave synthesis and processing of solids. He has published more than 150 papers, patents and book chapters in these areas. URL