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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 40 group members including 20 PhD students (9 students being co-supervised) and 17 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 Fahreen Sayed who joined the group in December. She will study solid state electrolytes, in particular the interphase between the solid electrolyte and the anode or cathode.

Congratulations to Dr Yanting Jin for her successful viva on the 8th November!

Welcome to all new PhD students Jennifer Allen, Euan Bassey, Victor Gonzalez, Sundeep Vema, Evelyna Wang, and Bo Wen who joined Grey Group in October.

Welcome to all Master students: Dominic Hey, Dongxun Lyu, Conrad Szczuka and Part III students: James Capel, James Ellison, Ben McConnell, James Richardson, and Tommy Sun who joined Grey Group in October.

Welcome to Dr Svetlana Menkin who joined the group in October. She will study the lithium-dendrite growth mechanisms and the prevention of dendrite formation by the creation of an artificial solid-electrolyte-interphase (SEI) on the lithium-metal anodes, as well as charge storage mechanisms of supercapacitors.

Congratulations to Steffen Emge for winning the best poster award at the Materials RIG Showcase Symposium held on Thursday 27th September 2018.

Congratulations to Dr David Halat for winning one of the Departmental Outstanding PhD Thesis Awards for 2017 - a recognition of the remarkable contribution of his PhD thesis in the field of material science! The awards were given to the recipients during the Materials RIG Showcase Symposium held on Thursday 27th September 2018.

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.

Related Publications 

Niobium tungsten oxides for high-rate lithium-ion energy storage.
KJ Griffith, KM Wiaderek, G Cibin, LE Marbella, CP Grey – Nature (2018) 559, 556
Sodiation and Desodiation via Helical Phosphorus Intermediates in High-Capacity Anodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries.
LE Marbella, ML Evans, MF Groh, J Nelson, KJ Griffith, AJ Morris, CP Grey – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2018) 140, 7994
The Effect of Water on Quinone Redox Mediators in Nonaqueous Li-O-2 Batteries
T Liu, JT Frith, G Kim, RN Kerber, N Dubouis, Y Shao, Z Liu, PCMM Magusin, MTL Casford, N Garcia-Araez, CP Grey – J Am Chem Soc (2018) 140, 1428
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 Li 0.5 MnO 2
ID Seymour, DJ Wales, CP Grey – The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2016) 120, 19521
Probing Oxide-Ion Mobility in the Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conductor La$_2$NiO$_{4+δ}$ by Solid-State $^{17}$O MAS NMR Spectroscopy.
DM Halat, R Dervişoğlu, G Kim, MT Dunstan, F Blanc, DS Middlemiss, CP Grey – J Am Chem Soc (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 Discuss (2016) 192, 217