Energy Materials Group board

Energy is one of the fundamental building blocks of our society, with increasing demand from developing economies and, at the same time, the need for reducing carbon emissions.  According to the IEA “World Energy Outlook 2016” A detailed analysis of the pledges made for the Paris Agreement on climate change finds that the era of fossil fuels appears far from over and underscores the challenge of reaching more ambitious climate goals.   In the UK we are still largely dependent on fossil fuels but have seen renewable energy grow rapidly to produce nearly 25% of our electricity in 2015. Nuclear power is about to undergo a resurgence, led by building Hinckley Point C power station.  The challenges and rate of change in our energy supply are unprecedented and have put energy materials at the forefront of innovation for future energy supply and energy demand reduction. New materials are being developed from nano-materials for batteries to high temperature alloys for large power generation. Long term durability of materials in a range of extreme environments, including nuclear, corrosive fuels, marine and temperature cycling; is inspiring a new generation of energy materials. The Energy Materials Group (EMG) brings together these wide range of interests in IOM3, working together with other divisions covering interests in different materials and materials applications. This breadth was reflected in the recent one day meeting on Sustainable Materials for Emerging Energy Technologies (SMEET) which was co-organised with the Sustainable Development Group. This covered aspects of critical materials supply, materials design to mitigate supply pinch points and materials recovery.

The EMG have instigated the ‘Annual Energy Materials Lecture’ series to highlight the pivotal importance of materials in our energy supply. The Annual Lecture was introduced in 2014 with the first lecture was given by Professor Colin Humphreys FRS FREng, “Saving Fossil Fuels – Wind Power versus Gallium Nitride”. This was followed by the 2015 lecture given by Professor Steven Cowley FRS FREng, “Fusion Energy and the Materials Challenge” and last year’s lecture given by Professor Peter Hall, “A Guide to the Surreal World of Energy Storage Materials: Understanding Materials Failure”. The 2017 lecture will be given by Dame Sue Ions FRS, FREng talking about Nuclear Power.

The EMG have introduced a members newsletter that can be downloaded from the EMG micro-site to keep you informed of future events and other initiatives associated with Energy Materials.

We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in the work of the EMG.

Stuart Irvine, EMG Chair

Scope & Mission

The Energy Materials Group will: 

  • Act as an ‘Across Division' Group reporting to the IOM3 Industry and Technology Policy Board (ITPB)
  • Promote IOM3 participation in the national energy debateAct as a focus for energy sector materials activities over the whole materials life cycle, liasing with existing bodies and representing IOM3 interests.
  • Stimulate and advise existing IOM3 Divisions on energy related activities where necessary and appropriate.
  • Undertake new activities where appropriate - eg workshops on emerging technologies.
  • Organise (a) a biennial Energy Materials Conference in conjunction with the IOM3 Energy Materials Journal and (b) other technical meetings where there is a need.

Read our full mission statement