A University of St Andrews chemist has been recognised by one of the most prominent and influential independent scientific organisations in Britain for ‘outstanding achievements’ in Energy Materials.
Professor Peter Bruce, of the University’s School of Chemistry, has been awarded the Beilby Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), for outstanding contributions to the field of materials chemistry, especially related to clean energy.
Professor Bruce is an international leader in the field of materials for lithium batteries and has made fundamental advances in the science of ionically conducting materials, including oxides and polymers.
The Beilby Medal is an annual award of £1000, which is sustained by a Trust Fund commemorating Sir George Beilby FRS, President of SCI (1898- 99), the Institute of Chemistry (1909-12) and the Institute of Metals (1916- 1918) and founding Chairman of the Fuel Research Board.
Of his award, Professor Bruce said:
“I am delighted to receive this award which recognises many years of effort by my research group on materials for clean energy. Research is not carried out in isolation and I wish to acknowledge the contribution my colleagues have made. It is particularly pleasing to receive the Beilby Medal because of Sir George Beilby’s own role in the energy field.”
Professor Bruce discovered a new class of positive electrode materials for lithium batteries based on lithium manganese oxides. In a recent breakthrough, Professor Bruce has also shown that polymers with highly ordered, crystalline, structures can conduct ions, in contrast to the established view which held that conduction occurred only in highly disordered polymers.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is the Professional Body for chemists and the Learned Society for chemistry. Through its 46,000 members, including academics, teachers and industrialists, the RSC promotes the interests of chemists and the benefits of chemical science.
The Beilby Medal is administered in rotation by the RSC, the Institute of Materials and the Society of Chemical Industry. It is awarded to a scientist or engineer to recognise substantial work of exceptional practical significance in chemical engineering, applied materials science, energy efficiency or related field.
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