Professor Sir Peter Bruce recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2022 Honours List

2 Jun 2022

Peter Bruce
Professor Sir Peter Bruce

St Edmund Hall congratulates Professor Sir Peter Bruce FRS, Wolfson Professor of Materials, who has been recommended to Her Majesty The Queen for the honour of Knight Bachelor (Kt) in the Birthday 2022 Honours List. This is in recognition for his visionary work and leadership in battery technology and sustainable energy.

Batteries are fundamental to the portable electronic products we now take for granted and advances in battery technology hold the key to electric vehicles, a cornerstone of a net zero world. Peter Bruce’s vision that batteries and energy storage would become important for society and his decades of work on lithium batteries has given the UK a global leadership position. He has carried out pioneering fundamental research into lithium batteries and their materials, work that has led to patents and their commercialisation.

He has also nurtured new generations of experts in batteries across academia and industry. He is a founder of the Faraday Institution, the UK’s centre of excellence for battery research and has provided leadership in the physical sciences as the Physical Secretary and a Vice-President of the Royal Society. He is a materials chemist, focusing on energy materials. He has published 378 papers, has an H-index of 118, is highly cited and has been in the top 1% of researchers worldwide since 2015, one of only a small number of physical scientists in the UK to be so.

Peter says: I’m delighted yet also humbled to receive this honour in recognition of my research and leadership nationally and internationally. No one stands alone: I want to acknowledge the excellent students, postdocs and collaborators I have had the privilege to work with over the years. The fundamental science underpinning energy conversion and storage, to which I have dedicated my efforts, has a vital role to play in the energy transition to a low carbon society. I hope along the way I have inspired others to embrace science and its place in society.

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