Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, and has an international profile in studies of new materials for lithium-ion batteries and solid oxide fuel cells using advanced modelling techniques. He grew up in north London and obtained his Chemistry degree and PhD from University College London, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in New York, USA. He returned to the UK to the University of Surrey, before joining the University of Bath in 2006.
He has received awards for his research including the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013-18) and the RSC Sustainable Energy Award (2013). He has presented more than 65 invited talks at international conferences, and has around 180 publications (with 7,500 citations; h-index = 51), which include recent papers in Nature Comm and Nature Materials. He sits on the RSC advisory boards of the Journal of Materials Chemistry and Energy & Environmental Science. He is currently PI of the EPSRC programme grant on Energy Materials-Computational Solutions and one of co-directors of the SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub. He is also involved with outreach work with numerous schools and café science talks, and is a member of the Diversity Committee of the Royal Society.