The technological requirement to optimize materials for energy and electronic materials has led to the use of defect engineering strategies. These strategies take advantage of the impact of composition, disorder, structure, and mechanical strain on the materials properties. Here we highlight key strategies presently employed or considered to tune the properties of energy and electronic materials. We consider examples spanning from electronic materials to solid oxide fuel cells.
Dr Alex Chroneos is presently (2014-today) a Reader in Material Physics at Coventry University and an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London (2011-today). Alex previously worked as a Lecturer in Energy at The Open University (2012-2014), following an Intra European Marie Curie Fellow at NCSR Demokritos (2011-2012). As a research associate he worked on energy related materials from an experimental and theoretical perspective in Germany (University of Münster, 2008), the UK (Imperial College London, 2008-2010 and Cambridge University, 2010-2011) and as a visiting researcher at MIT (for a period in 2010 and 2013). Alex gained a PhD (Defect processes in germanium) from Imperial College London (2008) and an MSc in Theoretical Chemistry from Oxford University. His undergraduate studies in materials physics were at Imperial College London. Alex is the author of more than 150 scientific papers, 3 book chapters, 80 conference presentations and 15 invited talks.