Clare Grey

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Clare Grey

Clare Philomena Grey
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

Clare Philomena Grey FRS[2] is Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge,[3] a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and the Associate Director of the Northeastern Chemical Energy Storage Center at Stony Brook University.[4][5][6]


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. Her doctoral thesis research used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magic angle spinning (MAS) to study rare-earth pyrochlores and was supervised by Anthony Cheetham.[7]

Career and research

After a postdoctoral research position at the University of Nijmegen and a period as a visiting researcher at DuPont, she was appointed a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 2009, she became the Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor in Materials Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.[8]

From 2009-2010 she was the Director of the Northeastern Chemical Energy Storage Center, and associate director 2011-2014. She is current the director of the EPSRC Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Systems.[9]

Grey's research[1][10][11] specialises in applications of nuclear magnetic resonance[12][13] and its use to study lithium ion batteries.[4][14][15][16]

Awards and honours

Grey was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2011[4] and awarded the Günther Laukien Prize in 2013[17] 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."[4]

Other awards, honours and career highlights include:

  • 2008 Vaughan Lecturer[18]


  1. ^ a b c Clare Grey publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Anon (2017). "Grey, Prof. Clare Philomena". Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.255631. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b Al-Khalili, Jim (2018). "Clare Grey on the Big Battery Challenge". London: BBC.
  4. ^ a b c d Anon (2011). "Professor Clare Grey FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2016-03-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  5. ^ Grey, Clare (2017). "The Grey Group".
  6. ^ Anon (2013). "The Future of Renewable Energy featuring Clare Grey". BBC World Service. How do we develop a practical, reliable, cheap and globally relevant supply of renewable energy and improve on the meagre 10% of our power needs which renewables currently provide? Quentin Cooper travels to the Royal Society of Chemistry's Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy meeting in Cambridge, UK, to hear about ideas and latest research results from Brazilian authority on bioenergy Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, Cambridge University's creator of better batteries Clare Grey, Harvard pioneer of artificial photosynthesis Daniel Nocera and research director of the UK Energy Research Centre Jim Watson.
  7. ^ Grey, Clare Philomena (1990). A ¹¹⁹Sn and ⁸⁹Y MAS NMR study of rare-Earth pyrochlores. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 53567496. EThOS
  8. ^ "Clare P. Grey: Professor and Associate Director, Northeastern Center for Chemical Energy Storage". Archived from the original on 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  9. ^ a b "RSC John B Goodenough Award 2019 Winner". Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  10. ^ Clare Grey publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  11. ^ Clare Grey publications from Europe PubMed Central
  12. ^ Kim, Jeom-Soo; Johnson, Christopher S.; Vaughey, John T.; Thackeray, Michael M.; Hackney, Stephen A.; Yoon, Wonsub; Grey, Clare P. (2004). "Electrochemical and Structural Properties of xLi2M'O3·(1−x)LiMn0.5Ni0.5O2 Electrodes for Lithium Batteries (M' = Ti, Mn, Zr; 0 ≤x⩽ 0.3)". Chemistry of Materials. 16 (10): 1996–2006. doi:10.1021/cm0306461. ISSN 0897-4756. closed access
  13. ^ Key, Baris; Bhattacharyya, Rangeet; Morcrette, Mathieu; Seznéc, Vincent; Tarascon, Jean-Marie; Grey, Clare P. (2009). "Real-Time NMR Investigations of Structural Changes in Silicon Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 131 (26): 9239–9249. doi:10.1021/ja8086278. ISSN 0002-7863. closed access
  14. ^ Kang, K. (2006). "Electrodes with High Power and High Capacity for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries". Science. 311 (5763): 977–980. Bibcode:2006Sci...311..977K. doi:10.1126/science.1122152. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 16484487. closed access
  15. ^ "Improved lithium batteries - Materials Today".
  16. ^ LeVine, Steve (2016). "Doubts have been raised about a Cambridge professor's acclaimed battery breakthrough". Quartz (publication).
  17. ^ a b ENC Monday Bruker Party, Laukien Prize Awarded To Clare Grey | TheResonance – Bruker's Blog about NMR, EPR and MRI Archived 2013-10-12 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Vaughan Lecturer | Rocky Mountain Conference". Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  19. ^ "AMPERE Prize 2010". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  20. ^ "Following function in real time". Royal Society. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Clare Grey wins Arfvedson-Schlenk Award | Department of Chemistry". Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  22. ^ "La SCF vient d'attribuer ses Grands Prix et Prix binationaux 2017". Société Chimique de France. June 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2019.