The Expert Panel, led by the Faraday Institution Chief Scientist, Peter Bruce, brings the UK's best battery experts together across academia and industry in one organisation. The Expert Panel is the engine of the Faraday Institution, acting formally in an advisory role to the FI Chair and Board.
The Expert Panel:
-scopes future calls for Research Projects;
-contributes to peer reviews;
-refines the research plans with the Principal Investigators of the research projects;
-reviews progress of projects and advises the Director on redeployment of resources between projects;
-draws in researchers currently outside battery research; and
-engages with battery research nationally and internationally.
Members of the Expert Panel are:
Jerry Barker received his PhD in solid state electrochemistry from the University of Exeter. In his early career Jerry worked at BP and also spent time at UCSB where he collaborated and published with the Nobel prize winners Alan Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa on alkali metal doped polyacetylene. He is currently co-founder and CTO of Faradion Limited, a UK-based start-up company specializing in next generation Na-ion battery technology. Previously Jerry was Chief Scientist and Research Director at Valence Technology Inc. In May 2019, Jerry was appointed Honorary Professor within the School of Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews.
Jerry has published extensively in the energy storage area (h-index = 56, total number of citations >10,000) and is a named inventor on more than 120 issued US patents. Jerry is the inventor of a number of Na-ion and Li-ion active materials, including surface-stabilized LiMn2O4, Tavorite structured active materials, Na3V2(PO4)2F3, NaVPO4F, LiVPO4F, Li3V2(PO4)3, LiFe(Mg)PO4, as well as the Carbothermal Reduction (CTR) manufacturing method. To date, these inventions have culminated in 4 commercially successful battery enterprises and CTR is widely regarded as the benchmark, industry-standard method for the large-scale manufacture of LiFePO4.
In 2012, Jerry was awarded the IBA Technology Award for his contributions to Li-ion battery materials. He has appeared as a patent litigation expert witness in Europe and in North America. He has also acted as the due diligence technical expert for a number of VC-backed start-up companies. Jerry currently acts as an Expert Panel member for the UK's Faraday Institution, as a Board Member of the UK Li-BATT consortium and serves on the advisory board for Australia’s storEnergy initiative.
Professor Nigel Brandon OBE is Dean of Engineering at Imperial College London, Director of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell SUPERGEN Hub, Co-Director of the UK SUPERGEN energy storage Hub, and Chair of Imperials’ Sustainable Gas Institute. His research is focused on electrochemical devices for energy applications, with a particular focus on fuel cells, flow cells, electrolysers, and batteries. He was the founding Director of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College, a founder of Ceres Power, an AIM listed fuel cell company spun out from Imperial College in 2000, and a founder of RFC Power, a flow battery company spun out from Imperial College in 2018. He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2007, the Inst. Civil Engineers Baker Medal in 2011, and the ASME Francis Bacon Medal in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and the Energy Institute.
Dan received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Imperial College London in 2000. He is Professor of Electrochemical Engineering at UCL, where he is a director of the Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) and Advanced Propulsion Lab (APL). He is an academic founder of the Faraday Institution and member of the Expert Panel.
Dan’s research encompasses a broad range of electrochemical technology, with a particular focus on fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, electrolysers, and redox flow batteries. His research has been recognised through the 2009 De Nora Prize for Applied Electrochemistry (International Society of Electrochemistry), the Baker Medal in 2011 (Inst. Civil Engineers), and The Engineer Collaborate to Innovate Award for lithium-ion battery safety research in 2017.
His research has been commercialised through the spin-out companies Amalyst (advanced electrochemical materials) and Bramble Energy (fuel cell stacks and systems), where he is the Director of Innovation.
Peter is a founder and Chief Scientist of the Faraday Institution, the UK centre for research on electrochemical energy storage. He is Wolfson Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford. Peter took up the position of Physical Secretary and Vice President of the Royal in November 2018.
His research interests embrace materials chemistry and electrochemistry, with a particular emphasis on energy storage, especially lithium and sodium batteries. Recent efforts have focused on the synthesis and understanding of new materials for lithium and sodium-ion batteries, on understanding anomalous oxygen redox processes in transition metal oxides used as high capacity Li-ion cathodes, the challenges of the lithium-air battery and the influence of order on the ionic conductivity of polymer electrolytes.
Peter received the Tilden Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008, the Carl Wagner Award of the Electrochemical Society in 2011, the Liversidge Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016 and the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society in 2017. He has also been selected as Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics since 2015.
Anthony K. Burrell is chief technologist for energy storage at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewal Energy Laboratory (NREL). He has been working in the areas of energy science and technology since the early 1990s with a specific focus on energy storage. Recently, he was the department head for electrochemical energy storage at Argonne National Laboratory.
He holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Nick Butler is visiting professor and chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London.
Nick Butler chairs Promus Associates and Ridgeway Information Ltd. He is also a Senior Adviser to Coller Capital and Linton Capital and a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of Equinor (formerly Statoil). From 2009 to 2010 he worked for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Senior Policy Adviser. From 2007 to 2009 he was Chairman of the Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies. Prior to this he was Group Vice-President for Strategy and Policy Development at BP from 2002 to 2006 and previously BP's Group Policy Adviser, having joined the company in 1977. Nick is an Energy Policy Adviser at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, a Non-Executive Director of Cambridge Econometrics. He is a Trustee of Asia House, a Vice-President of the Hay-on-Wye literary festival, and a regular contributor to the Financial Times. Nick’s particular interests are international energy policy, including energy security, industrial policy, the future of higher education, and European issues.
He joined WMG in 2014 from engineering consultancy Ricardo UK Ltd where he was Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems leading advanced technology projects for OEM and Tier 1 customers in passenger cars, defence, motorsport and the clean energy markets.
Professor Greenwood holds advisory and board positions for the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Innovate UK (Faraday Challenge and IDP), EPSRC (Energy), and the Faraday Institution. He is head of the Advanced Propulsion Centre's Electrical Energy Storage Spoke.
After post-doctoral fellowships in the Netherlands and at DuPont CR&D in Wilmington, DE, she joined the faculty at Stony Brook University (SBU) as an Assistant (1994), Associate (1997) and then Full Professor (2001-2015). She moved to Cambridge in 2009, maintaining an adjunct position at SBU. She was Director of the Northeastern Chemical Energy Storage Centre, a US Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Centre, (2009-2010) and Associate director (2011-2014). She is currently Director of the EPSRC Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES) and a member of the Expert Panel of the Faraday Institution.
Recent honours and awards include Honorary PhD Degrees from the Universities of Orleans (2012) and Lancaster (2013), the Research Award from the International Battery Association (2013), the Royal Society Davy Award (2014), the Arfvedson-Schlenk-Preis from the German Chemical Society (2015), the Société Chimique de France, French-British Prize (2017), the Solid State Ionics Galvani-Nernst-Wagner Mid-Career Award (2017), the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Magnetic Resonance (2018), the Sacconi Medal from the Italian Chemical Society (2018), the Charles Hatchett Award, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2019), and the RSC John Goodenough Award (2019).
She is a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance. Her current research interests include the use of solid-state NMR and diffraction-based methods to determine structure-function relationships in materials for energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), conversion (fuel cells) and carbon capture.
His research interests in electrochemistry have involved surface modification, electrodeposition, interfacial characterization, materials science and interfacial analysis and imaging. He has pioneered the development of a number of acoustic wave, optical, spectroscopic, neutron reflectivity and surface analytical techniques for in situ interfacial characterization. These works are represented in over 230 publications. Present research focuses on electrodeposition / dissolution of metals, polymers and composites, particularly using combined optical/acoustic methods and neutron reflectivity. Fundamental studies are complemented by application of electrochemical deposition processes for the visualization of latent fingermarks on metal, paper and polymer surfaces associated with investigation of a range of violent and acquisitive crimes.
His research interests include structural, transport and computational studies of new materials for lithium-ion batteries and perovskite solar cells. He has presented more than 80 invited conference talks and has over 215 publications. He is the recipient of several awards including the 2020 ACS Award in Energy Chemistry, 2017 RSC Peter Day Award for Materials Chemistry and 2013 Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award.
Saiful presented the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for BBC TV, entitled ‘Supercharged: Fuelling the Future.’ He is a Patron of Humanists UK and sits on the Public Engagement Committee of the Royal Society. When not exploring new materials, he enjoys family breaks (as a dad of two), football, indie music and The Guardian over a coffee.
Rob Millar is the Head of Electrical for Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group.
He has been involved with vehicle electrification since 2004 when he founded his own company developing electronic systems for Modec, Tata, JLR and Daimler vehicles amongst others. Having first worked with Williams in 2010, when he was part of the team who delivered the Jaguar C-X75 programme. Rob joined the company as a full-time employee in 2016 to head up the company’s battery and electronics programmes.
John Owen is an Emeritus Professor in the Southampton Electrochemistry Group. After his early studies on lithium anodes, polymer electrolytes and composite electrodes at Imperial College, London in 1979 he began an academic career at Salford in 1984 then Southampton since 1991, training students and postdoctoral researchers in batteries, supercapacitors and simple models of their energy and power limitations. His research has mainly comprised the characterisation of electrochemical materials, e.g. ceramic, glass, polymer, gel and liquid nonaqueous electrolytes, electron conducting polymers, nanocomposites, redox mediators and their applications in batteries, particularly lithium ion, lithium-air and lithium sulfur.