ECR Conference and Training Event poster winners

Collage of poster winners Daisy Thornton, Ruihuan Ge, and Yvonne Chart.


The first in-person Faraday Institution Early Career Researcher Conference and Training Event held on the 31st October and 1st November 2022 brought together 280 early career researchers working in energy storage in the UK. One of the highlights of the event was the poster sessions and we are delighted to share the winners of the poster prizes.

We thank the judges for their time and insight: Rhodri Jervis (University College London and Project Leader of the Degradation Project), Emily Reynolds (Faraday Institution Research Fellow, ISIS, Nexgenna, and member of the Early Career Research Committee) and Heather Au, (Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Imperial College London, LiSTAR). The judges commented that the overall standard of the 45 posters presented was very high, and that the three winners all scored highly in each of the three categories judged.

The Winners and Judges Comments:

Research progress and findings – Daisy Thornton (Imperial College London, Degradation Project). Poster entitled: What Kills Lithium-ion Batteries? Probing Degradation with Electrochemistry Mass Spectrometry

Daisy presented interesting work on probing degradation using a novel electrochemical mass spectrometry technique. The technique works by probing gas evolution that occurs during degradation and Daisy shows that she is able to use this to shed light on degradation mechanisms. The judges were impressed by the work involved in this project and use of complimentary characterisation techniques. The poster uses custom made images to effectively communicate ideas. Daisy presented the work in an especially engaging and enthusiastic way.

Visual appeal – Ruihuan Ge (University of Sheffield, Nextrode). Poster entitled: Discrete Element Method and Stochastic Structure Modelling of Lithium-ion Battery Cathodes under Different Calendering Conditions

Ruihuan uses a combination of clever computational approaches to model the calendering process. Calendering is a step that has such a huge impact on electrochemical performance, and he shows that he is able to optimise battery performance by simulating both the active particles and carbon binder under different calendering conditions. This poster is very visually appealing, with the perfect balance of text and images, and is well structured and therefore easy to follow. Ruihuan clearly communicated the context and implications of his results, which can be widely applied.

Scientific content and context – Yvonne Chart (University of Oxford, LiSTAR). Poster entitled: Unveiling the Degradation Mechanisms of Li and Alloy Anodes in Solid-state Batteries

The judges found Yvonne’s poster to convey particularly interesting science, facilitating microscopy of metal deposition in solid electrolytes. She set up the context of the work and challenge of Li-anodes in solid-state batteries in a really accessible way, and the results were presented extremely clearly. Large, high-quality images were presented in a logical way, which made for a visually appealing poster that catches the eye.


Congratulations to our winners, and to everyone that presented a poster, or contributed to a vibrant discussion at the event.

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Posted on November 3, 2022