Professor Peter G Bruce

Wolfson Chair,BRU00018-Peter-Bruce MA, DPhil, FRS, FRSE

Physical Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society 

Faraday Institution Chief Scientist, Chair Of Expert Panel

Director of the Wolfson Centre for Energy Science - Oxford

Prof Bruce research interests are in the fields of solid state chemistry and electrochemistry; particularly solid state ionics, which embraces ionically conducting solids and intercalation compounds. The group is interested in the fundamental science of ionically conducting solids (ceramic and polymeric materials) and intercalation compounds, in the synthesis of new materials with new properties or combinations of properties, in understanding these properties and in exploring their applications in new devices, especially energy storage devices such as rechargeable lithium batteries. Although ionically conducting solids represent the starting point for much of our research, we have extended our interests well beyond the confines of this subject alone.

Recent efforts have focused on the synthesis and understanding of new materials for lithium and sodium-ion batteries, on understanding anomalous oxygen redox processes in transition metal oxides used as high capacity Li-ion cathodes, the challenges of the lithium–air battery, and the influence of order on the ionic conductivity of polymer electrolytes.

Prof Bruce received the Tilden Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008, the Carl Wagner Award of the Electrochemical Society in 2011, the Liversidge Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016, and the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society in 2017. He has also been selected as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics in 2015-2019.

As well as directing a consortia on solid-state and lithium batteries, Prof Bruce is a founder and Chief Scientist of the Faraday Institution, the UK Centre for Research on Electrochemical Energy Storage. He also took up the position of Physical Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society (UK’s national academy) in November 2018.

Contact Details

Department of Materials, University of Oxford
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PH
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 6 12760
Fax: +44 (0)1865 273789
E-mail: peter.bruce@materials.ox.ac.uk