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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 49 group members including 3 Master students, 22 PhD students (11 students being co-supervised) and 21 Post-Doctoral researchers all listed here. The group is very dynamic and also very international with almost 20 nationalities represented.

Recent News:

Congratulations to Dr. Anna Gunnarsdóttir who successfully defended her PhD viva!

Congratulations to  Dr. Evan Wenbo Zhao  and  Dr. Chao Xu  who have been awarded the STFC Experimental Design Award to develop new in situ characterization methods for studying redox flow batteries.

Welcome to our new Part III students, Astrid Berge, Matthew WalkerKieran MylreaJerry Tam and Maria Rosner.

Welcome to our new PhD Student Teresa Insinna who joined the group in October.

Welcome to out new Post-Doc Annalena Genreith-Schriever. Annalena will be investigating ionic transport in battery electrode materials.

Welcome to our new PhD students Mark Carrington and Tarig Mustafa who joined the group in May.

Welcome to our new Post-Doc Dr Josh Bocarsly. Josh will be studying magnetic properties of battery cathode materials.

Welcome to our new Post-Doc Dr. Darren Ould. Darren will be working on the NEXGENNA sodium ion batteries project specifically focussing on developing new electrolytes for these systems.

Welcome to Vera Kunz who joined the group as a PhD student in April.

Team Redox Flow has recently had their research featured in an article about the uses of MRI and NMR in helping to design systems for large-scale storage of renewable energy, it can be found here.

Congratulations to Dr. Evan Wenbo Zhao who has been awarded the STFC Futures Early Career Award to work on a collaborative project on redox flow batteries with Prof. Michael Aziz at the Harvard University.

One of our group members, Evelyna Wang, has recently published an article on the effects of atmospheric gases on Li metal cyclability and solid-electrolyte interphase formation. She also gave a presentation that can be viewed online here.

One of our group members, Dr David Hall, was recently featured on the Naked Scientists podcast, where he discussed how electric car batteries work.

Welcome to Dominic Hey who joined the group as a PhD student in January.

Related Publications 

Bulk fatigue induced by surface reconstruction in layered Ni-rich cathodes for Li-ion batteries.
C Xu, K Märker, J Lee, A Mahadevegowda, PJ Reeves, SJ Day, MF Groh, SP Emge, C Ducati, B Layla Mehdi, CC Tang, CP Grey – Nature materials (2020) 20, 84
Strengthening the Magnetic Interactions in Pseudobinary First-Row Transition Metal Thiocyanates, M(NCS)(2)
EN Bassey, JAM Paddison, EN Keyzer, J Lee, P Manuel, I da Silva, SE Dutton, CP Grey, MJ Cliffe – Inorganic Chemistry (2020) 59, 11627
Investigating the effect of a fluoroethylene carbonate additive on lithium deposition and the solid electrolyte interphase in lithium metal batteries using: In situ NMR spectroscopy
AB Gunnarsdóttir, S Vema, S Menkin, LE Marbella, CP Grey – Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2020) 8, 14975
Electrolyte Oxidation Pathways in Lithium-Ion Batteries.
BLD Rinkel, DS Hall, I Temprano, CP Grey – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2020) 142, 15058
Local Structure and Dynamics in Methylammonium, Formamidinium, and Cesium Tin(II) Mixed-Halide Perovskites from 119Sn Solid-State NMR.
DJ Kubicki, D Prochowicz, E Salager, A Rakhmatullin, CP Grey, L Emsley, SD Stranks – J Am Chem Soc (2020) 142, 7813
Intrinsic Kinetic Limitations in Substituted Lithium-Layered Transition-Metal Oxide Electrodes
A Grenier, PJ Reeves, H Liu, ID Seymour, K Märker, KM Wiaderek, PJ Chupas, CP Grey, KW Chapman – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2020) 142, 7001
Effects of Atmospheric Gases on Li Metal Cyclability and Solid-Electrolyte Interphase Formation.
E Wang, S Dey, T Liu, S Menkin, CP Grey – ACS energy letters (2020) 5, 1088
In situ NMR metrology reveals reaction mechanisms in redox flow batteries
EW Zhao, T Liu, E Jónsson, J Lee, I Temprano, RB Jethwa, A Wang, H Smith, J Carretero-González, Q Song, CP Grey – Nature (2020) 579, 224
Characterizing the Structure and Phase Transition of Li 2 RuO 3 Using Variable-Temperature 17 O and 7 Li NMR Spectroscopy
PJ Reeves, ID Seymour, KJ Griffith, CP Grey – Chemistry of Materials (2019) 31, 2814
Evolution of Structure and Lithium Dynamics in LiNi0.8Mn0.1Co0.1O2 (NMC811) Cathodes during Electrochemical Cycling
K Märker, PJ Reeves, C Xu, KJ Griffith, CP Grey – Chemistry of Materials (2019) 31, 2545
Unraveling the Reaction Mechanisms of SiO Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries by Combining in Situ 7Li and ex Situ 7Li/29Si Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy.
K Kitada, O Pecher, PCMM Magusin, MF Groh, RS Weatherup, CP Grey – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2019) 141, 7014
Variable-Temperature Multinuclear Solid-State NMR Study of Oxide Ion Dynamics in Fluorite-Type Bismuth Vanadate and Phosphate Solid Electrolytes
MT Dunstan, DM Halat, ML Tate, IR Evans, CP Grey – Chemistry of Materials (2019) 31, 1704