Clare Grey

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Clare Grey

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Clare Philomena Grey

(1965-03-17)March 17, 1965
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA, DPhil)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Stony Brook University
Radboud University Nijmegen
ThesisA 119Sn and 89Y MAS NMR study of rare-Earth pyrochlores (1991)
Doctoral advisorAnthony Cheetham

Dame Clare Philomena Grey DBE FRS is Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Grey uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study and optimize batteries.


Grey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987 followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry in 1991, both from the University of Oxford.[1] Her doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Anthony Cheetham, used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and magic angle spinning (MAS) to study rare-earth pyrochlores.[2]

Career and research[edit]

Following Grey's graduate studies, she held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Nijmegen.[3] From 1992 to 1993, she worked as a visiting researcher at DuPont.[3] In 1994, Grey was appointed a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and became full professor in 2001.[3] In 2009, she became the Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor in Materials Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.[3]

From 2009 to 2010 she was the Director of the Northeastern Chemical Energy Storage Center, and Associate Director from 2011 to 2014. She is current the director of the EPSRC Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Systems.[4]

Battery research[edit]

Grey pioneered the application of nuclear magnetic resonance to study and improve the performance of batteries, particularly lithium ion batteries.[5] She also made major contributions to the development of lithium-air batteries.[3]

Grey is co-founder of Nyobolt, a company which specializes in niobium-based batteries.[6]

Honours and awards[edit]

Grey was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2011[7] and awarded the Günther Laukien Prize in 2013[8] followed by the Davy Medal in 2014 for "further pioneering applications of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance to materials of relevance to energy and the environment."[7]

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2022 Birthday Honours for services to science.[9][10]

Other awards, honours and career highlights include:


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  2. ^ Grey, Clare Philomena (1990). A 119Sn and 89Y MAS NMR study of rare-Earth pyrochlores. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 53567496. EThOS
  3. ^ a b c d e "New batteries for more climate protection". Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b "RSC John B Goodenough Award 2019 Winner". Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Improved lithium batteries - Materials Today".
  6. ^ "Nyobolt kickstarts niobium-based electric battery future with $10m fundraise". Cambridge Independent. 8 March 2021. Archived from the original on 10 March 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Clare Grey | Royal Society". Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  8. ^ a b ENC Monday Bruker Party, Laukien Prize Awarded To Clare Grey | TheResonance – Bruker's Blog about NMR, EPR and MRI Archived 12 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "No. 63714". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 June 2022. p. B9.
  10. ^ Brackley, Mark (1 June 2022). "Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2022: All those honoured in Cambridgeshire as Prof Clare Grey is made a dame". Cambridge Independent. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Vaughan Lecturer | Rocky Mountain Conference". 28 October 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  12. ^ "AMPERE Prize 2010". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Following function in real time". Royal Society. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Clare Grey wins Arfvedson-Schlenk Award | Department of Chemistry". Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  15. ^ "La SCF vient d'attribuer ses Grands Prix et Prix binationaux 2017". Société Chimique de France. June 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  16. ^ Al-Khalili, Jim (2018). "Clare Grey on the Big Battery Challenge". London: BBC.
  17. ^ "Hughes Medal | Royal Society". Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Clare Grey – Prizewinner 2021". Körber Foundation. Retrieved 22 June 2021.