Peter Day Award 2017 Winner

Professor Saiful Islam
Professor Saiful Islam
University of Bath


Awarded for his contributions to the fundamental understanding of new solid-state materials for perovskite solar cells and electrocatalysts through the application of computational methods


About the Winner

Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. He grew up in Crouch End, north London and obtained his Chemistry degree and PhD from University College London, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in New York, USA. He returned to the UK to the University of Surrey, before joining the University of Bath in 2006. 

His research interests include structural, transport and computational studies of new materials for lithium- and sodium-batteries and perovskite solar cells. He has presented more than 60 invited talks at international conferences, and has around 190 publications (attracting 12,200 citations and h-index of 64). He sits on the RSC advisory boards of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and Energy & Environmental Science, and was selected as one of RSC's 175 'Faces of Chemistry'.

Saiful presented the 80th anniversary Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2016 for BBC TV on the theme of energy; the lectures were entitled 'Supercharged: Fuelling the Future', and achieved over 3.5 million interactions through BBC broadcast and social media. 

He is PI of the EPSRC programme grant on 'Energy Materials-Computational Solutions,' and Co-I of the SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub. He is a Patron of the British Humanist Association, and recently served on the Diversity Committee of the Royal Society. 

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