Professor Peter Raymond Slater BSc, PhD

Professor Peter Raymond Slater

School of Chemistry
Professor in Materials Chemistry
Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage

Contact details

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School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Professor Peter R. Slater is Professor in Materials Chemistry at the University of Birmingham and Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. He has 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 he has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, and has written more than 15 invited review articles. His present 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. 

He is also active in promoting research into new energy technologies to the general public, and in schools.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Birmingham, 1990
  • BSc in Chemistry, University of Birmingham, 1987

Biography

Peter Slater obtained a 1st class BSc degree in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham in 1987, before completing his PhD in the area of high temperature superconductivity. He spent a further 5 years at Birmingham as a postdoctoral research fellow, before moving to the University of St Andrews firstly as a postdoctoral research fellow and then as a temporary lecturer. In 1998 he was appointed as a lecturer in inorganic chemistry at the University of Surrey, and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2004. In 2008 he moved to the University of Birmingham, and was promoted to Reader in Materials Chemistry in 2010, and then Professor in 2012. In summer 2017, he was appointed as Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage.

He has more than 25 years research experience in the area of solid state/materials chemistry, ranging from solid oxide fuel cells to high temperature superconductors. In these areas he has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, and has written more than 15 invited review articles. His present research is focusing mainly on the development of novel ionic and mixed conductors for energy storage and conversion applications, including the use of novel doping strategies to stabilize new systems/improve materials performance. Particular international recognition has been received for his work on novel anion doping strategies, and structural studies of superconductor, Li/Na ion battery and fuel cell materials.

He is also active in promoting research into new energy technologies to the general public, and in schools.

Teaching

Teaching Programmes

  • MSci/BSc Chemistry single honours and major/minor programmes

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate Researchers in Professor Slater’s group are working on the development of new materials for fuel cells and batteries 

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings

Research

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Li/Na ion batteries
  • Fuel Cells 
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Superconductivity and Magnetism

RESEARCH ACTIVITY

Current Research projects include

  • Development of all solid state Li ion batteries
  • Development of low temperature solid oxide fuel cells
  • Development of new electrolyte and electrode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells
  • Control of the structure and conductivity of mixed metal oxide systems through oxyanion (including carbonate) substitutions.
  • Development of new Na/Li ion battery electrode materials
  • Synthesis and structural characterisation of mixed anion compounds

Other activities

  • Member of the STFC ISIS Crystallography user group (2012-present)
  • Member of the STFC ISIS facility Diffraction Panel, 2007-2011.
  • Member of the EPSRC College of Referees.
  • Member of the Organising Committee for Materials Chemistry-10, University of Manchester 2011.
  • Invited International Expert for the UK Government organized “Low Carbon Cars: Exploring the Challenge of bringing Electric Vehicles to Market International Experts’ Meeting”, BERR, London, 27-28 Oct. 2008.
  • Member of the EPSRC Functional Materials Panel 2001, 2002
  • Secretary of the RSC Solid State Chemistry Group 2004-2006.
  • Member of the Organising Committee for SSPC-13 (St. Andrews, 2006), Faraday Discussions (Atomic Transport and Defect Phenomena in Solids, Surrey, 2006).
  • Organiser of the RSC Solid State Chemistry Group Annual Meeting (Surrey, 2005)

Publications

  • Synthesis, structural characterisation and proton conduction of two new hydrated phases of barium ferrite  BaFeO2.5-x(OH)2x; Patrick L. Knöchel, Philip J. Keenan, Christoph Loho, Christian Reitz, Ralf Witte, Kevin S. Knight, Adrian J. Wright, Horst Hahn, Peter R. Slater, Oliver Clemens; J. Mater Chem. A 4, 3415-3430, (2016).
  • Synthesis and ionic conductivity of new high Li ion content garnets, LnSr2Ta2Li7O12 (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd); M. A. Howard, O. Clemens, A. S. Parvathy, P. A. Anderson, P. R. Slater; J. Alloys Cpds 670, 78-84, (2016).
  • Interstitial Oxide Ion Distribution and Transport Mechanism in Aluminum-doped Neodymium Silicate Apatite Electrolytes; T. An, T. Baikie, A. Orera, R. Piltz, M. Meven, P.R. Slater, J. Wei, M.L. Sanjuan, T. White; J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 138, 4468-4483, (2016).
  • Exploring the mixed transport properties of sulfur (VI)-doped Ba2In2O5 for intermediate-temperature electrochemical applications; Juan Carlos Pérez-Flores, Narendar Nasani, D. Pérez-Coll, Peter R. Slater and Duncan P. Fagg; J. Mater. Chem. A 4, 11069-11076, (2016).
  • Magnetic interactions in cubic-, hexagonal- and trigonal- barium iron oxide fluoride, BaFeO2F; Oliver Clemens, José F. Marco, Michael F. Thomas, Susan D. Forder, Hongbin Zhang, Simon Cartenet , Anais Monze , Paul Bingham, Peter R. Slater, Frank J. Berry; Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 28, 346001, (2016).
  • Investigation into the effect on structure of oxoanion doping in Na2M(SO4)2·2H2O (M=transition metal); Laura Driscoll, Emma Kendrick, Adrian Wright, P.R. Slater: J. Solid State Chem. 242, 103-111, (2016).
  • Crystallochemistry and electrical properties of Al-doped Sr2SiO4 electrolytes; J.M. Porras-Vázquez, L. dos Santos-Gómez, P.R. Slater, D. Marrero-López, E. R. Losilla; Ceramics Int. 42, 16317-16324, (2016).
  • A Computational Study of doped olivine structured Cd2GeO4: local defect trapping of interstitial oxide ions; A. McSloy P.F. Kelly. P.R. Slater, P.M. Panchmatia; Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 26284-26290, (2016).
  • Thermochemical CO2 Splitting Using Double Perovskite-Type Ba2Ca0.66Nb1.34-xFexO6-δ; S. Mulmi, C. Haomin, A. Hassan, J. F. Marco, F. J. Berry, F. Sharif, P. R. Slater, E. Roberts, S. Adams and V. Thangadurai; J. Mater. Chem. A. 5, 6874-6883, (2017).
  • Investigation into the Effect of Sulfate and Borate Incorporation on the Structure and Properties of SrFeO3-δ; A. Jarvis, P.R. Slater; Crystals 7(6), 169, (2017).
  • Investigation into the dehydration of selenate doped Na2M(SO4)2·2H2O (M = Mn, Fe, Co and Ni): stabilisation of the high Na content alluaudite phases Na3M1.5(SO4)3-1.5x(SeO4)1.5x (M = Mn, Co and Ni) through selenate incorporation; L.L. Driscoll, E. Kendrick, K.S. Knight, A. J. Wright and P.R. Slater; J. Solid State Chem 258, 64-71, (2018).
  • Mechanism of Carbon Dioxide and Water; Incorporation in Ba2TiO4: A Joint Computational and Experimental Study; Adam J. McSloy, Ivan Trussov, Abbey Jarvis, David J Cooke, Peter R. Slater, and Pooja M. Panchmatia; J. Phys Chem C 122, 1061-1069, (2018).
  • Topochemical Fluorination of La2NiO4: Unprecedented ordering of oxide and fluoride ions in La2NiO3F2; Kerstin Wissel, Jonas Heldt, Pedro B. Groszewics, Supratik Dasgupta, Hergen Breitzke, Manuel Donzelli, Aamir I. Waidha, Andrew Dominic Fortes, Jochen Rohrer, Peter R. Slater, Gerd Buntkowsky, Oliver Clemens; Inorg. Chem. 57, 6549-6560, (2018).
  • Modification of magnetic and electronic properties, in particular superconductivity, by low temperature insertion of fluorine into oxides; P.R. Slater and L. Driscoll; Photonic and Electronic Properties of Fluoride Materials; Elsevier.

Expertise

Peter is an expert in materials chemistry and has worked in a range of areas. His current focus is on Lithium/Sodium ion batteries and fuel cells. His current research projects include the design and characterisation of new materials, and the investigation of strategies for the recycling of battery materials.

Policy experience

Peter has shared his expertise in a range of policy settings, including:

  • Chair of the STFC  IU Crystallography user group (2016-present)
  • Expert speaker on battery materials for the International Energy Agency workshop “Blue Sky Research for Energy Technology” (2017)
  • Invited International Expert for the UK Government organised “Low Carbon Cars: Exploring the Challenge of bringing Electric Vehicles to Market International Experts’ Meeting”, BERR (replaced by BIS), London, 27-28 October 2008. The recommendations from this meeting fed into the subsequent G8 summit meeting.