In the summer of 2022, the Faraday Undergraduate Summer Experience (FUSE) internship programme provided internships for undergraduate students to undertake paid eight-week placements with battery researchers from partner universities. We were delighted to welcome 55 talented and enthusiastic interns to work with our research community. Thank you to the supervisors for their support.
A series of online cohort events were held to inform and inspire our interns. Many thanks to the speakers from the Faraday Institution community.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer as a FUSE intern and found it to provide a great insight to the research being conducted in the battery sector. I feel like I have grown as a scientist and massively improved my skill set.”
Tabitha Seymour, FUSE student, University of Birmingham, Chemistry
I really enjoyed the work, and it made me sure that I want to do a PhD in the battery technology field and after that, I want to pursue a research career. ”
Reka Keresztes, FUSE student, University College London, Chemical Engineering
The interns have been a great addition to the lab, providing a fresh outlook and enthusiasm for their research projects.”
James Robinson, FUSE supervisor, University College London
Our Faraday Institution Summer Experience undergraduate summer interns produced a wealth of high-quality scientific posters at the end of their projects. Some of the posters were awarded ‘highly commended’ or a poster prize. View all the posters below.
Poster winners & judges' comments
Scientific content and context - Maud Tregear, poster entitled: Towards High-Performance “Anode-Free” Solid-State Batteries, SOLBAT
Maud’s area of study is particularly timely as eliminating anodes is at the cutting edge of the next generation of battery technology. It is especially difficult to study these materials due to their environmental sensitivity, making this project highly commendable. Making such impressive progress, given the time constraints of a short internship, made this project stand out. Maud has also successfully balanced creating highly engaging visuals, with very clear and concise scientific explanations.
Research progress and findings - Punit Jivan, poster entitled: Debondable adhesives for improved pack disassembly, ReLiB
Punit created a clear narrative, describing the impressive amount of work undertaken for this short internship. The methods used were easy to comprehend due to the way they were effectively communicated, and the addition of a YouTube video was a nice extra touch. The poster highlighted how the project was highly applicable to industry, especially with the comparative material costings and referencing international standards. The conclusions of Punit’s work will be of interest to academia and industry alike.
Visual appeal - Zayd Islam, poster entitled: New pack and cell designs to simplify battery recycling, ReLiB
Zayd created a visually eye catching and colourful poster that entices the reader to explore the scientific content in full. Key facts are displayed in creative and understandable ways. The YouTube video is an excellent way to help visualise the methodology. This poster contains the optimum amount of text and images, making it really easy to digest in one reading. Clear headings throughout signpost content. It skilfully demonstrates the real-world relevance of the project and is equally engaging for the expert or newcomer alike.
Student science communicator - Reka Keresztes, poster entitled: Environmental impact analysis of sodium-ion battery manufacturing, Multi-scale Modelling
Reka has successfully created a high-quality poster, as well as harnessed the training provided to confidently start to build a strong researcher identity online. The judges were impressed by the quality of the graphics which effectively communicate the key facts and findings from the project (with her own illustration in Figure 2 especially standing out). It is evident that a lot of time and effort was invested into this poster. The written explanations demonstrate depth of knowledge but also display a clear enthusiasm for the subject.
All FUSE 2022 posters
I have gained valuable insight into the working world of academia, developed my abilities as an independent worker, and met lots of interesting and brilliant scientists.”
Benjamin Dawson, FUSE student, University of Edinburgh, Chemical Physics
It is a growing industry which is instrumental for a greener future, so definitely a potential career. For me it was a varied internship experience, which exposed me to both the battery industry and a start-up environment.”
Sigurd Bjerkhaug, FUSE student, Imperial College London, Materials Science & Engineering