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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.

Recent News:

Welcome to Dr Chris O'Keefe who joined the group in August. His research focuses on the development and application of solid-state NMR techniques to improve the efficiency of the in situ investigation of battery materials.

Welcome to Dr Chao Chao Xu, who joined the group in February. He will be working on Li-air batteries.

Welcome to Dr Katharina Märker, who join the group in February. She will be working on NMR of supercapacitors and electrodes.

Congratulations to Dr Roberta Pigliapochi for her successful viva on the 13th February!

Welcome to Dr Pierrick Berruyer, who joined the group as a Post-Doc in January. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry in September 2017 from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon) supervised by Pr Lyndon Emsley and Dr Anne Lesage. He will be working on SEI composition using (DNP enhanced) ssNMR.

Welcome to Francesco Panattoni, a new PhD student who joined the group in January. His PhD project will involve solid state NMR of organic shales and it is in collaboration with the Schlumberger Gould Research Center.

Welcome to Dr Yumi Kim who joined the group in December. She will be working on Li-air 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+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 CO2capture 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 Discuss (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 (New York, N.Y.) (2015) 350, 530