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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

Michael  De Volder
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Advanced Materials Engineering
Judith  Driscoll
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Materials Science
Dr John  Durrell
Professor of Superconductor Engineering
Professor James  Elliott
Professor of Macromolecular Materials Science
Head of Department (Joint)
+44 1223 335987
Dr Shailaja  Fennell
Professor of Regional Transformation and Economic Security
Alexander Forse
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor Clare  Grey
Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor
Dr Stephan  Hofmann
Professor in Nanotechnology
Sohini  Kar-Narayan
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Device & Energy Materials
Dr Alpha  Lee
Winton Advanced Research Fellow
Dr Ioannis  Lestas
Professor of Control Engineering
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
Erwin  Reisner
Professor of Energy and Sustainability
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

Deputy Director, Centre for Climate Change Engagement
Engagement Manager
Head Future Systems
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students