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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Energy Storage research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

There are also national hubs including the Energy Storage Research Network and the Faraday Institute with Cambridge leading on the battery degradation project.

Research includes:

Fuel Cells


Batteries and Supercapacitors

Thermal Storage

  • Nano-scale structures for thermal energy storage.
  • Gas storage materials: a new family of zeolitic frameworks based upon lithium-boron imidazolates, which could be used for gas storage and catalysis.

 Batteries and smart grid:

  • Stability of the grid and impact of storage technologies and their control
  • Application of power control electronics and strategies to maximise the impact of battery technology.

We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in energy storage.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Energy Storage theme.  


People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Professor Tim  Burstein
Professor of Materials Chemistry and Corrosion
ENERGY STORAGE - Corrosion and protection of metals, development of novel, low-cost fuel-cell systems, and surface electrochemistry and electrochemical
Dr Michael  De Volder
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor Judith  Driscoll
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Materials Science
Professor Ian  Farnan
Senior Lecturer
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Dr Shailaja  Fennell
Lecturer in Development Studies
Dr Alexander  Forse
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor Clare  Grey
Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor
Member of the Energy Transitions@Cambridge Strategic Advisory Board
Dr. Sohini  Kar-Narayan
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Device & Energy Materials
Professor R. Vasant  Kumar
Reader in Materials Chemistry
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Dr Alpha  Lee
Winton Advanced Research Fellow
Dr Teng  Long
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Lecturer in Power Electronics
Professor Paul  Midgley
Professor of Materials Science
Director of the Electron Microscope Facility
Dr. Patrick R Palmer
Reader in Electrical Engineering
Professor Erwin  Reisner
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor Ashwin  Seshia
Professor of Microsystems Technology
Professor Michiel  Sprik
Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
Dr. Alex  White
University Senior Lecturer in Thermofluids

Associate Members

Senior Commercialisation Associate
Engagement Manager
Solid-state NMR specialist
Laboratory manager
Head Future Systems
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

Visiting Researchers