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Prestigious award for battery expert

A University of St Andrews scientist, who is developing new materials for smaller, lighter and less toxic batteries, has won a prestigious award for his achievements.

Professor Peter Bruce, Head of the School of Chemistry and founder of the St Andrews Centre for Advanced Materials, will be presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry award on Wednesday 7 June 2000.

Sponsored by ICI plc, the Materials Chemistry award is being given in honour of Professor Bruce’s fundamental studies involving the design of new materials for rechargeable lithium batteries which will power everything from artificial hearts and laptops to environmentally-friendly vehicles and mobile phones. News of the award comes just weeks after Professor Bruce secured nearly £1 million from industrial and research council sources to further his research.

A founder member of the RSC Solid State Group, Professor Bruce sits on the editorial board of several journals including Dalton Transactions and has contributed to a number of textbooks. The author of a number of international patents, he is a well-regarded populariser of science and has presented his field of work on the BBC. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1995.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: PeterBruceaward/standrews/chg/5june2000

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