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Professor Clare Grey courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

Professor Clare Grey has been awarded the Royal Society 2020 Hughes Medal.

The Hughes medal is awarded to an outstanding researcher in the field of energy. Grey received the award “for her pioneering work on the development and application of new characterization methodology to develop fundamental insight into how batteries, super capacitors, and fuel cells operate.”

Grey has pioneered the development of NMR spectroscopy to study batteries in situ, which has led to a clearer understanding of battery function, including the reactions between the electrolyte and electrode materials, and the effect of rapid charging and cycling of batteries.

President of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan, said: “The Royal Society’s medals and awards celebrate those researchers whose ground-breaking work has helped answer fundamental questions and advance our understanding of the world around us. This year has highlighted how integral science is in our daily lives, and tackling the challenges we face, and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate all our winners and thank them for their work.”

Grey was  recently awarded the 2020 Richard R. Ernst Prize in Magnetic Resonance for her contributions to the use of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods to study paramagnetic materials.