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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 41 group members including 21 PhD students (10 students being co-supervised) and 20 Post-Doctoral researchers all listed here. The group is very dynamic and also very international with more than 10 nationalities represented.


Congratulations to Michael Hope for winning the prize for the best talk at the 10th NMR discussion group meeting at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow on 22nd June.

Welcome to Jingyu Lu who joined the group in June as a PostDoc. He will be working on in situ TEM of battery materials, solid-state batteries, and Li-O2 batteries.

In May, we went to our group retreat in the Costwolds. We had a lot of interesting sessions on scientific challenges in our research fields as well as group related topics. We also enjoyed a number of social activities including hiking, escape rooms, paintball and barbecue (see more in the Photo Gallery).

Welcome to Michael Jones and Matthias Fesser who joined the group in May. Michael Jones is a nanoDTC student and Matthias Fesser is an Erasmus student.

Welcome to Chinwe Nwanya, visiting student from the group of Prof. Fabian Ezema, University of Nigeria who joined the group in April. She will be working on oxides for pseudocapacitors.

Welcome to Junchao Chen, visiting student from the group of Prof. Luming Peng, Nanjing University, who joined the group in March. He will be working on facet dependent surface-sensitive NMR of CeO2 and TiO2.

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

Related Publications 

Investigating Sodium Storage Mechanisms in Tin Anodes: A Combined Pair Distribution Function Analysis, Density Functional Theory, and Solid-State NMR Approach.
JM Stratford, M Mayo, PK Allan, O Pecher, OJ Borkiewicz, KM Wiaderek, KW Chapman, CJ Pickard, AJ Morris, CP Grey – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2017) 139, 7273
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 CO 2 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