Professor Irene Tracey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, speaking at the launch event for the Centre for Energy Materials Research. I wish my colleagues every success in this vitally important endeavour.’A particular focus for the CEMR will be energy storage technologies. The Centre for Energy Materials Research is undoubtedly one of the UK’s centres of excellence not just in fundamental battery research but in bringing scientific rigour to overcome manufacturing challenges in commercial use today. Its range of facilities and researcher base make it a go-to place for a diverse range of energy storage research – from solid-state, to cathode materials, electrode manufacturing to new characterisation techniques. Professor Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, said: ‘The Centre for Energy Materials Research houses state-of-the facilities which will play an important role in the development of next generation energy storage materials.