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Professor Clare Grey has been awarded a 2018 Royal Society Research Professorship, the Society's premier research award.

Professor Grey is one of six world class scientists who have received this prestigious award, which provides long-time support for "internationally recognised scientists of exceptional accomplishments."

Professor Grey and her research group study the nature of solid state materials using techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, X-ray and Neutron scattering, electron microscopy and computational calculations.

These investigations have applications in supercapacitors, fuel cells, and batteries, and are contributing to the development of longer-lasting, cheaper and safer rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and storage on the electricity grid.

The group has developed and applied methods that allow electrochemical devices to be probed while they are operating, which allows, e.g, the transformation of the various cell components to be followed under realistic conditions without having to disassemble and take apart the cell. In particular, they have been using NMR to study rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and their potential for use in energy storage applications that will ultimately benefit the environment.

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.