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Professor Peter R. Slater


I am a Professor in Materials Chemistry at the University of Birmingham and Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. I have more than 25 years research experience in the area of solid state/materials chemistry, ranging from battery materials to solid oxide fuel cells. In these areas I have published more than 250 papers in scientific journals, and I have written more than 15 invited review articles. My current research is focusing mainly on the development of novel ionic and mixed conductors for energy storage and conversion applications (e.g. Li/Na ion batteries and solid oxide fuel cells), including the use of novel doping strategies to stabilize new systems/improve materials performance.

I am also active in promoting research into new energy technologies to the general public, and in schools

My research areas include

  • New materials for Li/Na ion batteries

  • Recycling of Li/Na ion batteries 

  • New materials for use as electrolytes/electrodes in solid oxide fuel cells/electrolysers 

  • Novel anion/cation excess systems as new ionic conductors/magnetics materials​

  • General Solid State Chemistry: synthesis and characterisation of inorganic solids

Recent Publications




  • Sargent, A, Henderson, Z, Walton, A, Spencer, B, Sweeney, L, flavell, W, Anderson, P, Kendrick, E, Slater, P & Allan, P 2023, 'Reclamation and reuse of graphite from field lithium-ion battery anodes via water delamination', Journal of Materials Chemistry A.



  • Murray, E, Zhou, Y, Slater, P, Smith, R, Goddard, P & Steele, H 2022, 'Atomistic simulation of helium diffusion and clustering in plutonium dioxide', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.







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