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Grey Group

The Grey group studies the nature of solid state materials by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), X-ray and Neutron scattering, electron microscopy and computational calculations. The materials we investigate have applications in supercapacitors, fuel cells, and batteries. 

Our current research projects are described here and a full list of publications is available here. We currently have 43 group members including 21 PhD students (10 students being co-supervised) and 22 Post-Doctoral researchers all listed here. The group is very dynamic and also very international with more than 10 nationalities represented.


Welcome to Matthias Groh and Steffen Emge who joined the group in January. They will be working on all solid-state batteries.

Congratulations to David Halat who received the BRSG (British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group) Founder's Prize on the 14th December for his talk on "17O solid-state NMR of functional paramagnetic oxides for energy conversion and catalysis"!

Welcome to Robert Weatherup who joined our group in December!

Congratulations to Wei Meng (PhD student) and Oliver Pecher (Post-Doctoral researcher) for winning the STFC Experimental Design Award for their project entitled "High temperature synchrotron in situ X-ray diffraction to unravel structural changes of cathodes in Li- and Na-ion batteries"!

Congratulations to Dr Beth Howe for her successful viva on the 21st of November!

Kent Griffith won a "Chemunicate" contest by presenting a description of his research project on developing advanced lithium ion batteries. A nice graphic illustrating his research is featured on the Compound Interest website.

Related Publications 

Mechanistic insights into sodium storage in hard carbon anodes using local structure probes.
JM Stratford, PK Allan, O Pecher, PA Chater, CP Grey – Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) (2016) 52, 12430
Preventing Structural Rearrangements on Battery Cycling: A First-Principles Investigation of the Effect of Dopants on the Migration Barriers in Layered Li0.5MnO2
ID Seymour, DJ Wales, CP Grey – Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2016) 120, 19521
Probing Oxide-Ion Mobility in the Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conductor La2NiO4+δ by Solid-State 17O MAS NMR Spectroscopy
DM Halat, R Dervişoğlu, G Kim, MT Dunstan, F Blanc, DS Middlemiss, CP Grey – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016) 138, 11958
In situ studies of materials for high temperature CO2 capture and storage
MT Dunstan, SA Maugeri, W Liu, MG Tucker, OO Taiwo, B Gonzalez, PK Allan, MW Gaultois, PR Shearing, DA Keen, AE Phillips, MT Dove, SA Scott, JS Dennis, CP Grey – Faraday Discussions (2016) 192, 217
Cycling Li-O2 batteries via LiOH formation and decomposition
T Liu, M Leskes, W Yu, AJ Moore, L Zhou, PM Bayley, G Kim, CP Grey – Science (2015) 350, 530