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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 45 group members including 20 PhD students (8 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.


Welcome to Dr Evan W. Zhao who joined the group in November. He will be working on in situ NMR studies of batteries.

Congratulations to Dr Kent Griffith for his successful viva on the 16th November!

Congratulations to Prof Clare Grey for several awards she received.

Welcome to Dr Sunita Dey who joined the group in August. She will be working on Mg batteries.

In July, Prof Clare Grey and Kent Griffith published an article in the summer issue of Chemistry at Cambridge Magazine entitled "Battery Safety All Solid State".

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 Cotswolds. 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.

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+δby Solid-State17O 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