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

Address
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 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.

Qualifications

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

Teaching

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.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2022.123671

Kyeremateng, NA, Elia, G, Hahn, R & Slater, P 2023, 'Lithium-ion batteries: Nomenclature of interphases with liquid or solid-state electrolytes', Batteries & Supercaps. https://doi.org/10.1002/batt.202200523

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. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2MA00981A

Murray, E, Zhou, Y, Slater, P, Smith, R, Goddard, P & Steele, H 2022, 'Atomistic simulation of helium diffusion and clustering in plutonium dioxide', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 24, no. 35. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2CP02244C

Zhu, P, Driscoll, EH, Dong, B, Sommerville, R, Zorin, A, Slater, PR & Kendrick, E 2022, 'Direct reuse of aluminium and copper current collectors from spent lithium-ion batteries', Green Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2GC03940K

Dong, B, haworth, A, yeandel, S, Stockham, M, James, M, Xiu, J, wang, D, goddard, P, johnston, K & Slater, P 2022, 'Halogenation of Li7La3Zr2O12 solid electrolytes: a combined solid-state NMR, computational and electrochemical study', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 10, no. 20, pp. 11172-11185. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1TA07309E

Stockham, M, Dong, B & Slater, P 2022, 'High entropy lithium garnets – Testing the compositional flexibility of the lithium garnet system', Journal of Solid State Chemistry, vol. 308, 122944. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2022.122944

Song, T, Chen, L, Gastol, D, Dong, B, Marco, JF, Berry, F, Slater, P, Reed, D & Kendrick, E 2022, 'High-voltage stabilization of O3-type layered oxide for sodium-ion batteries by simultaneous tin dual modification', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 34, no. 9, pp. 4153-4165. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.2c00522

Lakhdar, Y, Geary, H, Houck, M, Gastol, D, Groombridge, A, Slater, P & Kendrick, E 2022, 'Optimization of Electrode and Cell Design for Ultrafast-Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries Based on Molybdenum Niobium Oxide Anodes', ACS Applied Energy Materials, vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 11229-11240. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.2c01814

Majewski, A, Khodimchuk, A, Zakharov, D, Ananyev, M, johnson, I, darr, J, Slater, P & Steinberger-Wilckens, R 2022, 'Oxygen surface exchange properties and electrochemical activity of lanthanum nickelates', Journal of Solid State Chemistry, vol. 312, 123228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2022.123228

Reynolds, CD, Hare, SD, Slater, PR, Simmons, MJH & Kendrick, E 2022, 'Rheology and structure of lithium‐ion battery electrode slurries', Energy Technology, vol. 10, no. 10, 2200545. https://doi.org/10.1002/ente.202200545

Patent

Driscoll, L, Slater, P & Anderson, P Apr. 28 2022, Battery recycling, Patent No. WO/2022/084668. <https://patents.google.com/patent/WO2022084668A1/en?oq=WO%2f2022%2f084668>

Preprint

Zhu, P, Driscoll, EH, Dong, B, Sommerville, R, Zorin, A, Slater, PR & Kendrick, E 2022 'Direct reuse of aluminium and copper current collectors from spent lithium-ion batteries' arXiv. https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2210.07678

Review article

Zhu, P, Slater, P & Kendrick, E 2022, 'Insights into architecture, design and manufacture of electrodes for lithium-ion batteries', Materials and Design, vol. 223, 111208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2022.111208

Grant, PS, Greenwood, D, Pardikar, K, Smith, R, Entwistle, T, Middlemiss, LA, Murray, G, Cussen, SA, Lain, MJ, Capener, MJ, Copley, M, Reynolds, CD, Hare, SD, Simmons, MJH, Kendrick, E, Zankowski, SP, Wheeler, S, Zhu, P, Slater, PR, Zhang, YS, Morrison, ART, Dawson, W, Li, J, Shearing, PR, Brett, DJL, Matthews, G, Ge, R, Drummond, R, Tredenick, EC, Cheng, C, Duncan, SR, Boyce, AM, Faraji-Niri, M, Marco, J, Roman-Ramirez, LA, Harper, C, Blackmore, P, Shelley, T, Mohsseni, A & Cumming, DJ 2022, 'Roadmap on Li-ion battery manufacturing research', JPhys Energy, vol. 4, no. 4, 042006. https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7655/ac8e30

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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.