Academic lights up Christmas with Royal Institution lectures

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Photo of Professor Saiful Islam at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

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This year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures will be delivered by an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-supported academic who will delve into the past, present and future of energy.

Saiful Islam, Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, will deliver the 2016 lectures which will mark the 80th anniversary of the lectures' first television broadcast in 1936.

The lectures will be broadcast on BBC Four at 20:00 on 26, 27 and 28 December 2016, and will also see Professor Islam joined by past Christmas Lecturers. Previous lecturers have included Sir David Attenborough, George Porter, Nancy Rothwell and Peter Wothers.

During the lectures, Professor Islam will take the audience on a journey through scientific history, recreating Michael Faraday's 19th century experiments in 21st century style, before demonstrating his own expertise, such as a discussion of the materials needed to create next-generation clean energy devices such as lithium batteries, solar cells and hydrogen fuel cells.

He said: To be the Christmas Lecturer for this 80th anniversary year is a huge honour. I'm excited that our celebration of energy offers a wonderful opportunity to explain how current cutting-edge research on clean energy technologies is founded on the Royal Institution's rich heritage of discovery by greats such as Michael Faraday. And I'm also looking forward to recreating some memorable moments from previous lectures with the help of some very special guests.

Professor Islam's research is supported by the EPSRC, and he has received several awards including the Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society and the Sustainable Energy Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has presented more than 60 invited talks at international conferences, and has around 180 publications.

Reference: PN 74-16