Supercharged: Fuelling the future

From the broadcast of the lectures over the festive period to the end of January 2017, we will have a varied group of experts, including 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES presenter, Saiful Islam, online to answer questions and take part in live chats.

Professor Saiful Islam | Image: Paul Wilkinson

Professor Saiful Islam | Image: Paul Wilkinson

Saiful is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, having previously completed a Chemistry degree and PhD at University College London, a postdoctoral fellowship on oxide superconductors at the Eastman Kodak Labs in Rochester, New York, USA, and a lectureship at the University of Surrey. His research interests include computer modelling of new materials for lithium and sodium batteries, solid oxide fuel cells and perovskite solar cells.

The 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, Supercharged: Fuelling the future, will be broadcast over the festive period, and each week thereafter until the end of January 2017, there will be a different group of active experts online to answer questions from school students and the public.

Take a look at the Royal Institution’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES site for more information. Thank you to the 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES major supporter, Lloyd’s Register Foundation.


Royal InstitutionBegun by Michael Faraday in 1825, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are now broadcast on UK television every December and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations.

We’re working with the Royal Institution to extend the CHRISTMAS LECTURES discussion; giving school students and the public the opportunity to ask questions inspired by the lectures to scientists and engineers online.