In January 2022, Saiful is to join the Materials Department at the University of Oxford, as their Statutory Chair in Materials Modelling, when he will also join the Fellowship of St Anne's College.
Saiful has received several research awards including the 2020 ACS Award in Energy Chemistry, the 2017 RSC Peter Day Award for Materials Chemistry and the 2013 Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and one of the RSC ‘175 Faces of Chemistry’.
He serves on the RSC journal Advisory Boards of Energy & Environmental Science and Journal of Materials Chemistry A, the Expert Panel of the Faraday Institution and the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee. He previously served on the Editorial Board of J Materials Chemistry, the RSC Materials Chemistry Division Council and the Diversity Committee of the Royal Society.
Saiful was invited to present the prestigious 80th anniversary Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2016 for BBC TV on the theme of energy, which included a Guinness World Record™ for the highest voltage (1,275 V) from a lemon battery! He has presented numerous general science communication talks for Education in Action, the Pint of Science Festival and the Royal Society’s Café Scientifique, as well as appearing on BBC Radio 4 ‘The Life Scientific’.
Saiful said: “I think it's a real honour and privilege to be invited to become a member of the board of trustees – really the governing body of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It's important to me because it's an exciting and challenging time for science in general and chemistry in particular, and with my experience, I am really keen to get involved with the strategic aims and objectives of the society.
“I believe I have quite an experience in a range of RSC activities, the first one, obviously, is my research, in the area of materials chemistry for clean energy applications. And I think one of the areas of the society’s focus is the challenging area of climate change in energy.
“I am a promoter of greater diversity and inclusion in science in general and chemistry and I've been involved with all society diversity committee so hopefully through that range of different experiences and involvement in relevant activities, I can play a strong role.”