Pieremanuele Canepa

Zeal for scientific research and development

“It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is,
it doesn't matter how smart you are.
If it doesn't agree with experiment,
it's wrong.”
Richard P. Feynman

About me

Fossil-fuel shortages and greenhouse effects demand the pursuit of sustainable energy alternatives, comprising renewable energy sources and sustainable storage technologies. The success of clean energy sources depends on improvements in energy storage technologies.

The chief factor in achieving a compelling and affordable market Battery Electric Vehicle is its relative cost. The largest cost of Battery Electric Vehicles is the power train –the battery pack. In order for Battery Electric Vehicles to become cost-competitive with internal combustion vehicles, the cost of battery packs needs to fall below ~150 US$ per kWh.

With the goal of improving society, I try to address relevant scientific questions embracing materials science, chemistry, physics and engineering. My research attempts to understand and design materials for novel battery electrodes and electrolytes, harnessing the power of computational methods and supercomputers.

Pieremanuele Canepa

Brief CV

  • Oct. 2016 - 2018 Ramsay Memorial Fellow hosted by Prof. Saiful Islam, Department of Chemistry at University of Bath, UK.
  • Jul. 2013 - Sept. 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Gerbrand Ceder, Materials Science Division Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of California at Berkley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
  • Dec. 2011 - Dec. 2012 Predoctoral + Dec. 2012 - Jul. 2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. Timo Thonhauser Department of Physics, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.
  • Dec. 2008 - Dec. 2012 PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Maria Alfredsson at University of Kent, School of Physical Sciences, Canterbury, Kent, UK.
  • Sept. 2006 - Oct. 2008 M.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Piero Ugliengo at University of Turin, Chemistry Department, Turin, Italy.
  • Sept. 2003 - Sept. 2006 B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry at University of Turin, Chemistry Department, Turin, Italy.

Funding & Awards

My scientific work has been supported and awarded by the following agencies and institutions.

  • The Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust 2016-2018, Univeristy of Bath (UK).
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Travel Grant for Early Career Scientists.
  • Department of Energy (DOE) prestigious computer time grant Advanced Scientific Computing Research Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) - “Revealing the Reversible Electrodeposition Mechanism in Multivalent-ion Batteries” 98,000,000,000 CPU hours, 2014.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Peer mentor award in the Physics Department at Wake Forest University (USA) 2013.
  • HPC Materials Chemistry Consortium (UK) computer time to study Iron oxide nano-particles — MCC/Hector 800,000 CPU hours (coinvestigator) 2010.
  • University of Kent PhD Scholarship 2009–2011.


My scientific research is constantly published following a peer-reviewed system. An updated list of publications can be found here:

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Dr Pieremanuele Canepa
Department of Chemistry
University of Bath
Room 1 South 1.15, Claverton Down
BA2 7AY, United Kingdom