Professor Peter Raymond Slater BSc, PhD

Professor Peter Raymond Slater

School of Chemistry
Professor of 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 30 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 250 papers in scientific journals, and has written more than 20 review articles. His present research is focusing mainly on the development of ionic and mixed conductors for energy storage and conversion applications (e.g. Li/Na ion batteries and solid oxide fuel cells), as well as strategies for recycling such materials. 

He is also active in promoting research into new energy technologies in schools, and to general non-scientific audiences.


  • 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

  • Faraday Industrial Fellow (2021-2023).
  • Participation in a wide range of Outreach activities, including Big Bang Fair 2022, and events and the Thinktank Museum and Royal Institution.
  • Member of the EPSRC College of Referees.
  • Chair if the STFC ISIS Crystallography user group (2012-2014).
  • Member of the STFC ISIS Crystallography user group (2012-2014).
  • Member of the STFC ISIS facility Diffraction panel (2007-2011).
  • Invited International Expert for the UK Government organized "Low Carbon Cars: Exploring the Challenge of bringing Electric Vehicles to Market International Experts' Meeting", BERR, Londonm 28-28 Oct 2008.
  • Secretary of the RSC Solid State Chemistry Group 2004-2006.


Recent publications


Xiu, J, Han, B, Gao, H, Chen, X, Chen, Z, Gong, S, Yan, X, Tian, W, Zhang, X, Chen, T, Feng, X, Chen, G, He, D, Deng, Y, Jin, S, Slater, P & He, Z 2023, 'A Sustainable Approach Using Nanocrystals Functionalized Green Alkanes as Efficient Antisolvents to Fabricate High-Quality Perovskite Films', Advanced Energy Materials.

Muhammad, A & Slater, P 2023, 'Assessing boron doped Ba2In1.8Si0.2O5.1 as a potential electrolyte for use in ceramic electrolyte fuel cells', Journal of Solid State Chemistry, vol. 317, 123671.

Fordham, A, Milojevic, Z, Giles, E, Du, W, Owen, R, Michalik, S, Chater, P, Das, P, Attidekou, P, Lambert, S, Allan, P, Slater, P, Anderson, P, Jervis, R, Shearing, P & Brett, D 2023, 'Correlative non-destructive techniques to investigate aging and orientation effects in automotive Li-ion pouch cells', Joule, vol. 7, no. 11, pp. 2622-2652.

Kyeremateng, NA, Elia, G, Hahn, R & Slater, P 2023, 'Lithium-ion batteries: Nomenclature of interphases with liquid or solid-state electrolytes', Batteries & Supercaps.

Price, J-M, Allan, P & Slater, P 2023, 'Optimising the synthesis of LiNiO2: coprecipitation versus solid-state, and the effect of molybdenum doping', Energy Advances.

Stockham, M, Dong, B, James, M, Zhu, P, Kendrick, E & Slater, P 2023, 'Rapid sintering of Li6.5La3Zr1Nb0.5Ce0.25Ti0.25O12 for high density lithium garnet electrolytes with current induced in-situ interfacial resistance reduction.', Energy Advances.

Sargent, A, henderson, Z, walton, A, spencer, B, Sweeney, L, flavell, W, Anderson, P, Kendrick, E, Slater, P & Allan, P 2023, 'Reclamation and reuse of graphite from electric vehicle lithium-ion battery anodes via water delamination', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 11, no. 17, pp. 9579–9596.

Harper, GDJ, Kendrick, E, Anderson, PA, Mrozik, W, Christensen, P, Lambert, S, Greenwood, D, Das, PK, Ahmeid, M, Milojevic, Z, Du, W, Brett, DJL, Shearing, PR, Rastegarpanah, A, Stolkin, R, Sommerville, R, Zorin, A, Durham, JL, Abbott, AP, Thompson, D, Browning, ND, Mehdi, BL, Bahri, M, Schanider-Tontini, F, Nicholls, D, Stallmeister, C, Friedrich, B, Sommerfeld, M, Driscoll, LL, Jarvis, A, Giles, EC, Slater, PR, Echavarri-Bravo, V, Maddalena, G, Horsfall, LE, Gaines, L, Dai, Q, Jethwa, SJ, Lipson, AL, Leeke, GA, Cowell, T, Farthing, JG, Mariani, G, Smith, A, Iqbal, Z, Golmohammadzadeh, R, Sweeney, L, Goodship, V, Li, Z, Edge, J, Lander, L, Nguyen, VT, Elliot, RJR, Heidrich, O, Slattery, M, Reed, D, Ahuja, J, Cavoski, A, Lee, R, Driscoll, E, Baker, J, Littlewood, P, Styles, I, Mahanty, S & Boons, F 2023, 'Roadmap for a sustainable circular economy in lithium-ion and future battery technologies', Journal of Physics: Energy, vol. 5, no. 2, 021501.

Green, A, Driscoll, L, Lakhdar, Y, Kendrick, E & Slater, P 2023, 'Structural and Electrochemical Insights into novel Wadsley Roth Nb7Ti1.5Mo1.5O25 and Ta7Ti1.5Mo1.5O25 anodes for Li-ion Battery Application', Dalton Transactions, vol. 2023, no. 52, pp. 13110-13118.

Dong, B, Castells-Gil, J, Zhu, P, Driscoll, L, Kendrick, E, Allan, P & Slater, P 2023, 'Synthesis, structure and electrochemical properties of a new cation ordered layered Li-Ni-Mg-Mo oxide', Materials Advances.

Harrison, C, Sarruf, B, Klotz, D, Slater, P & Steinberger-Wilckens, R 2023, 'The effects of sintering temperature and current contacting layer on the performance of lanthanum nickelate electrodes in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells', Solid State Ionics, vol. 403, 116386.

Lakhdar, Y, Chen, Y, geary, H, Houck, M, Groombridge, A, Slater, P & Kendrick, E 2023, 'Toward higher-power Li-ion batteries: Unravelling kinetics and thermodynamics of MoNb12O33 vs. NMC622', Journal of Power Sources, vol. 588, 233710.


Fordham, A, Milojevic, Z, Giles, E, Du, W, Owen, RE, Michalik, S, Chater, P, Das, P, Attidekou, P, Lambert, SM, Allan, P, Slater, P, Anderson, P, Jervis, R, Shearing, PR & Brett, DJL 2023 'Combining multi-modal non-destructive techniques to investigate ageing and orientation effects in automotive Li-ion pouch cells' ChemRxiv.

Working paper

Gardner, D, James, M, Wright, S, Williams, J, Baldwin, O, Ball, T, Cooper, E, Monk, C, Driscoll, L & Slater, P 2023 'Feeling blue: utilising cation ordering to engineer the colour of apatite pigments' ChemRxiv.

Driscoll, L, Jarvis, A, Madge, R, Price, J-M, Sommerville, R, Schnaider Tontini, F, Bahri, M, Mehdi, BL, Kendrick, E, browning, N, Allan, P, Anderson, P & Slater, P 2023 'Phase-selective recovery and regeneration of end-of-life electric vehicle blended cathodes via selective leaching and direct recycling' ChemRxiv.

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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.