Meet the team
Prof. Mauro Pasta
Mauro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. Mauro's research interests lie in electrochemical energy storage and conversion, with an emphasis on:
Energy storage: Li and Na-ion batteries, grid-scale energy storage.
Energy conversion: power from salinity gradients (blue energy), seawater desalination and delithiation.
Electrocatalysis: organic molecules electroxidation, ORR and HER reactions, carbon dioxide sequestration and electroreduction.
Mauro is the Principal Investigator for the project
Work Package Leader (WP1)
Prof. Sir Peter Bruce
Wolfson Chair, MA, DPhil, FRS, FRSE
Director of the UK SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub
Director of the Wolfson Centre for Energy Science - Oxford
Peter's primary research interests are in the fields of solid state chemistry and electrochemistry; particularly solid state ionics, which embraces ionically conducting solids and intercalation compounds.
Peter leads Work Package 1 of the project, focussing on preventing dendrites and voiding at the anode/solid electrolyte interface
Work Package Leader (WP2)
Prof. Charlotte Williams
Charlotte is a professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Associate Head of Department (Research) in Oxford Chemistry. She is an EPSRC Established Career Research Fellow. She heads-up a research group investigating polymerization catalysis and polymer chemistry with a particular focus on improving polymer sustainability. Her work involves close collaboration with scientists and engineers in both academic and industrial laboratories. In 2011, Charlotte founded econic technologies which sells catalysts and processes facilitating carbon dioxide utilization (Econic). From 2003-2016, Charlotte was an academic in the Chemistry department at Imperial College London, serving as Head of Inorganic Chemistry teaching and Head of Materials Chemistry. Earlier in her career, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University (2002-2003), working with Andrew Holmes and Richard Friend (Organometallic polymers for electronics), and at the University of Minnesota (2001-2002) working with Bill Tolman and Marc Hillmyer (zinc catalysts for lactide polymerization). She obtained her BSc and PhD from Imperial College London, the latter supervised by Vernon Gibson and Nick Long on ethene polymerization catalysis. Her work has been recognised by prizes and awards including an OBE (2020), Macro Group UK Medal (2019), The Dechema Otto Roelen Medal (2018), The UK Catalysis Hub Sir John Meurig Thomas Medal (2017), the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday Morgan Medal (2016) and the Women in Science and Engineering Tech-Start Up Award (2015).
Charlotte leads Work Package 2, focussing on cathode properties to minimise operating pressure
Work Package Leader (WP3)
Prof. Patrick Grant
Patrick is Pro-Vice Chancellor Research for the Department of Materials at Oxford University. Patrick's research takes place at the interface between advanced materials and manufacturing, and concerns a wide range of structural and functional materials. Current applications include structured porous electrodes for supercapacitors and batteries, 3D printed materials with spatially varying electromagnetic properties for microwave devices, and advanced metallics for power generation. Recent work has also concerned X-ray imaging of microstructural evolution, especially of solidifying alloys.
Patrick leads work package 3 of the project, focussing on solid electrolyte microstructure and conductivity / reactivity properties