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

School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


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


Teaching Programmes

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

Postgraduate supervision

Peter Slater’s research is in the area of materials chemistry, with the main focus being on the development of new materials for energy applications. Recent research has included the investigation of novel electrolytes for use in solid oxide fuel cells and Li/Na ion batteries. His research group also has interests in the synthesis and characterisation of mixed metal oxide fluorides prepared by low-temperature routes for a range of applications. Experimental techniques employed include X-ray and neutron diffraction, conductivity measurements, thermogravimetric analysis, Raman and NMR spectroscopy.

Professor Slater is interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

Synthesis and characterisation of new materials for Li/Na ion batteries
Synthesis and characterisation of new materials for use as electrolytes/electrodes in solid oxide fuel cells
Synthesis and characterisation of novel anion/cation excess systems as new ionic conductors/magnetics materials
General Solid State Chemistry: synthesis and characterisation of inorganic solids

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)


Recent publications


Driscoll, L, Driscoll, L & Slater, P 2020, 'The importance of ionic radii in determining the structure obtained for sodium transition metal sulfates: tuning structure through transition metal and selenate doping', Journal of Solid State Chemistry, vol. 282, 121080.

Wissel, K, Vogel, T, Dasgupta, S, Fortes, AD, Slater, P & Clemens, O 2020, 'Topochemical fluorination of n = 2 Ruddlesden–Popper type Sr3Ti2O7 to Sr3Ti2O5F4 and its reductive defluorination', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 1153-1163.

Dong, B, Yeandel, S, Goddard, P & Slater, P 2020, 'Combined experimental and computational study of Ce-doped La3Zr2Li7O12 garnet solid state electrolyte', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 215-223.

wissel, K, malik, AM, vasala, S, Plana-Ruiz, S, Kolb, U, Slater, P, da silva, I, Alff, L & clemens, O 2020, 'Topochemical reduction of La2NiO3F2: the first Ni-based Ruddlesden-Popper n = 1 T’-type structure and the impact of reduction on magnetic ordering', Chemistry of Materials.

Smith, A, James, M & Slater, P 2019, 'Effect of Si-doping on the structure and conductivity of (Sr/Ca)2MnFeO6-δ systems', ECS Transactions, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 1425-1436.

Trussov, I, Driscoll, L, Male, L, sanjuan, M, orera, A & Slater, P 2019, 'Synthesis and structures of sodium containing K2-xNaxMg2(SO4)3 langbeinite phases', Journal of Solid State Chemistry, vol. 276, pp. 37-46.

Trussov, I, Male, L, Sanjuan, ML, Orera, A & Slater, P 2019, 'Understanding the complex structural features and phase changes in Na2Mg2(SO4)3: a combined single crystal and variable temperature powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy study', Journal of Solid State Chemistry, vol. 272, pp. 157-165.

Wain-Martin, A, Moran-Ruiz, A, Laguna-Bercero, M, Campana, R, Larranaga, A, Slater, P & Arriortua, MI 2019, 'SOFC cathodic layers using wet powder spraying technique with self synthesized nanopowders', International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 44, no. 14, pp. 7555-7563.

Waidha, A, Zhang, H, Lepple, M, dasgupta, S, lambert, A, Slater, P, fortes, D & Clemens, O 2019, 'BaCoO2+δ: A new highly oxygen deficient perovskite-related phase with unusual Co coordination obtained by high temperature reaction with short reaction times', Chemical Communications , vol. 55, no. 20, pp. 2920-2923.

Morán-Ruiz, A, Wain-Martin, A, Orera, A, Sanjuán, ML, Larrañaga, A, Slater, P & Arriortua, M 2019, 'Synthesis of new Ln4(Al2O6F2)O2 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd) phases with a cuspidine-related structure', IUCrJ, vol. 6, no. Pt 1, pp. 128-135.

yeandel, S, chapman, B, Slater, P & goddard, P 2018, 'Structure and Lithium Ion Dynamics in Fluoride Doped Cubic LLZO Garnet for Li Solid State Battery Applications', Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

Driscoll, L, Wright, A & Slater, P 2018, 'Designing a facile low cost synthesis strategy for the Na-V-S-O systems, NaV(SO4)2, Na3V(SO4)3 and Na2VO(SO4)2', Dalton Transactions, vol. 47, no. 38, pp. 13535-13542 .

Conference article

Jarvis, A, Berry, F, Marco, JF & Slater, P 2019, 'Introduction of sulfate to stabilize the n = 3 Ruddlesden-Popper system Sr4Fe3O10-δ, as a potential SOFC cathode', ECS Transactions, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 1467-1476.

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Driscoll, E, Driscoll, L & Slater, P 2019, Na-ion batteries: positive electrode materials. in Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry. Wiley.

Review article

Harper, G, Sommerville, R, Kendrick, E, Driscoll, L, Slater, P, Stolkin, R, Walton, A, Christensen, P, Heidrich, O, Lambert, S, Abbott, A, Ryder, K, Gaines, L & Anderson, P 2019, 'Recycling lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles', Nature, vol. 575, no. 7781, pp. 75-86.

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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.