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Peter B. Littlewood

Feb 08, 2018

Peter B. Littlewood is a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, and founding Executive Director of the The Faraday Institution in Oxford, UK. His research interests include the applications of materials for energy and sustainability, and he has advised on a number of major battery initiatives, including the DOE’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. He is former Emeritus Director of the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, former Head of the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England and a member of the science advisory board of the recently formed Responsible Battery Coalition.

Founded in October 2017, The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent, national institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, supporting research, training, and analysis. Bringing together expertise from universities and industry, The Faraday Institution endeavours to make the UK the go-to place for the research, development, manufacture and production of new electrical storage technologies for both the automotive and the wider relevant sectors. 

Dr. Littlewood began at Argonne in Chicago after being appointed associate laboratory director of the lab’s Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate, and served from 2014 to 2016 as Laboratory Director. Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center born out of the Manhattan Project, working to answer the biggest questions facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting ourselves and our environment. He spent the previous 14 years at the University of Cambridge, where he last served as the head of the Cavendish Laboratory and the Department of Physics.  He began his career with almost 20 years at Bell Laboratories, ultimately serving for five years as head of Theoretical Physics Research.

Dr. Littlewood holds six patents, has published more than 250 articles in scientific journals and has given more than 300 invited talks at international conferences, universities and laboratories. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences). He serves on advisory boards of research and education institutions and other scientific organizations worldwide.  He holds a bachelor's degree in natural sciences (physics) and a doctorate in physics, both from the University of Cambridge.