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.