Faraday Institution Conference 2023 Poster Winners

 

Left to right: Poster winners Arthur Fordham and Rebecca Huang, poster judge Rowena Brugge from Nyobolt, poster winners Stephen Price and Sarah McKinney

Left to right: Poster winners Arthur Fordham and Rebecca Huang, poster judge Rowena Brugge from Nyobolt, poster winners Stephen Price and Sarah McKinney

The Faraday Institution 2023 Conference on the 11th-13th September 2023 brought together over 500 delegates with 150 organisations represented. 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:

The Winners and Judges Comments:

Research Progress and Findings – Dr Stephen Price, Finden

Poster title: “Probing the hierarchical structure of secondary LiNO2 cathode particles with nano-focussed XRD-CT”

This poster demonstrated strong collaborative research across academia, central facilities and industry with clear articulation of methods and results.

Scientific Content  – Sarah McKinney, PhD Researcher, Lancaster University

Poster title: “How do variations in calcination temperature and other synthetic parameters lead to different electrochemical performance in the disordered rocksalt (DRX) material Li1.2Ni0.2Ti0.6O2?”

The flow and structure of this poster was excellent. There was a good scientific explanation of the background with strong science through each step. It was good to see a clear explanation for observed differences in the performance of cathode materials.

Industrial Context – Arthur Fordham, PhD Researcher, UCL

Poster title: “Listening to Batteries: Using acoustic characterisation techniques to improve battery performance and safety”

The research motivation was clearly articulated and the research was aiming to solve a key safety challenge being experienced across the industry, with a potentially low-cost solution identified.

Communication and Engagement – Rebecca Huang, PhD Researcher, University of Sheffield

Poster title: “Tuning the phase fraction of multiphase Na0.9Fe0.5Mn0.5O2 cathode by biotemplating for Na-ion batteries”

A graphically engaging poster with creative construction. There was a good use of a battery icon to explain the process flow and QR codes for references.

 

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

Did you present a poster at the event? Please consider sharing on LinkedIn. Make sure to tag us and use #Faraday2023

Andrew Deadman – International R&D Partnerships Manager

A warm welcome to Andrew Deadman on his appointment to the role of International R&D Partnerships Manager

Andrew joined the Faraday Institution in July 2023 as the International R&D Partnerships Manager. His focus is on leading the Ayrton Challenge on Energy Storage which will convene, coordinate and collaborate with other government programmes. The challenge aims to create and commercialise innovative battery technologies and associated business models for fossil fuel generator displacement and mobility applications in developing countries, to expand and accelerate the clean energy transition. This includes leading the delivery of an RD&D programme to reduce the cost and improve the performance of battery energy storage system technologies for use in these regions.

Prior to joining the Faraday Institution, Andrew enjoyed a near 27-year career at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s national measurement institute. There he held a number of technical and managerial roles, most recently as the Group Leader for the Electrochemistry Group. Here he led a group of 20 scientists and engineers who apply world-leading measurement techniques to help improve the performance, safety and lifetime of materials and devices important for the energy transition, including batteries, fuel cells and electrolysers. In 2019 he was seconded to both the Faraday Institution and the Global Battery Alliance.

A physicist, who holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Physics from the University of Portsmouth, Andrew’s technical expertise is in spectrometry, specifically the measurement of the transmittance, reflectance, and colour of materials.

Faraday Institution launches first physics-based battery modelling standard

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Battery Parameter eXchange (BPX) standard – an initiative to provide a common language to enable accurate battery modelling and reduce costs and time-to-market for industry

HARWELL, UK (7 December 2022) The Faraday Institution has today launched the Battery Parameter eXchange (BPX), an open standard for physics-based lithium-ion battery models. The standard defines the battery parameters, the equations that use the parameters, and the reporting of experimental measurements used to validate the reported parameters.

Physics-based battery models can deliver accuracy and insight into long-term performance in a wide range of scenarios. However, the complexity of physics-based models and lack of a common definition has limited their use to specialist teams within large companies, each creating their own modelling schemes that are difficult to compare with those of other companies.

The purpose of BPX is to reduce costs and time-to-market through a common definition of physics-based battery models that can be used widely across industry. BPX will make it easier for manufacturers and developers of all sizes to leverage the accuracy of physics-based models in a broad range of scenarios, which will reduce costs and stimulate innovation.

Professor Pam Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Faraday Institution said: “To meet the growing speed of change and demand from industry and society, improvements need to be made to battery performance, longevity, sustainability and safety. Years of advanced model development, a five-year investment in our Multi-scale Modelling Project, and the spin out of About:Energy sit behind the BPX standard. Its introduction will both speed up design and development cycles and reduce the need for expensive physical prototyping.

Rob Millar, Head of Electrical, WAE, said: “Cutting-edge automotive consulting and design is a heritage UK strength that is currently undergoing transformation with the global switch to electrification. We believe physics-based battery modelling has a valuable role to play in accelerating this change and the BPX initiative supports the industry drive for improved battery performance, longevity, sustainability and safety.”

Professor Gregory Offer, Imperial College London, said: “Design of an optimal battery system for a particular application demands a deep understanding of battery performance under a wide range of conditions. The physics-based model codified in the BPX standard makes that knowledge and understanding more available for engineers to solve real world problems. Making that knowledge widely available is a powerful enabler for the optimisation of lithium-ion technology and its successors.”

Industry standards require maintenance and a clear technical, commercially informed roadmap. To this end the Faraday Institution is exploring the development of a Faraday Standards Forum, an industry/research partnership that could be launched in 2023 and that could own the roadmap for the maintenance and development of BPX.

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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.

Did you present a poster at the event? Please consider sharing on LinkedIn.

Dominic Grantley-Smith – Training Manager

A warm welcome to Dominic Grantley-Smith on his appointment to the role of Training Manager.

Dominic Grantley-Smith joined the Faraday Institution in October 2022 as the Training Manager and leads in the delivery of the PhD training and the Faraday Undergraduate Summer Experience (FUSE) internship programmes. Dom’s aim is to support the growth of a diverse and dynamic pool of talent going into the battery sector.

Dominic is passionate about sustainability and believes to solve the climate crisis we need to reduce barriers and provide opportunities for everyone wanting a STEM career. He believes batteries and energy storage will play a key part in getting to net zero.

Before this role, Dominic led a botanic garden education team internationally, through public engagement and online training. He designed behaviour change activities to make the public more environmentally friendly. His work led him to speak at COP 26 and many global educational conferences.  Before that Dominic worked in science communication in the museum sector and holds a degree in biology.

 

Will Richardson – Research Project Manager

A warm welcome to Will Richardson on his appointment to the role of Research Project Manager.

Will Richardson joined the Faraday Institution as Research Project Manager in September 2022. He works closely with the Research Programme Director James Gaade, and two other Project Managers, Ben de Laune and Slywia Walus, who are collectively responsible for managing the Faraday Institution’s portfolio of research projects. Will supports the team with his previous experience in the UK battery industry in materials selection and cell design.

Prior to joining the Faraday Institution, Will worked at Nexeon developing and testing silicon anodes for use in high-energy pouch and cylindrical cells. At Dyson he was responsible for cathode materials selection and pouch cell testing for high-power applications. In 2017, Will developed improved production and characterisation methods for the microfabrication of solid-state batteries at Ilika Technologies. He completed his PhD in Electrochemistry at the University of Southampton.

 

FUSE 2022

Interns in the lab

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

InternPoster topic and link to posterAward
CATMAT
Christina SiakalliSpatially-resolved characterisation of Ni-rich cathodeHighly commended
Jade DoodyOutreach: Behind the Lab Specs
Abigail ParsonsStabilisation of Lithium Nickel Oxide for Lithium-ion battery cathodes
Esme BaileyInvestigating the surface reactivity of the high voltage cathode Li2MnO2F with different electrolytes in Li-ion batteries
Degradation
Junpei ShiFirst principles study of degradation in NMC cathodesHighly commended
Jack GinnisMechanical Properties of Nickel-rich Cathode Materials
Zoe LacourCan Li-air batteries operate via moisture-resistant chemistry?Highly commended
Louis JonesTesting the Effect of Conditions on Lithium-Ion Battery Performance
Poppy MullinsCu and Al current collector corrosion in state-of-the-art Li-ion battery coin cells
FutureCat
Aiman ZaidiProcess Analysis for UK LFP Manufacturing - with Exawatt
Kenan Gnonhoue DokononChemical Imaging of Batteries - with FindenHighly commended
Ben DawsonFUSE Outreach – Electric Car resource for Secondary SchoolsHighly commended
Arun AtwalImpedance measurements of thin film cathodes
LiSTAR
Peter Akinskin3D Current Collectors for Anodeless Li-S CellsHighly commended
Brendan GohInvestigating the Electrocatalytic Conversion of Polysulfides in Li-S BatteriesHighly commended
Swoyam PandaMachine Learning to Discover Lithium Sulfur Battery Models
Isobel OliverColloidal metal sulfide clusters as catalysts for the lithium-sulfur batteryHighly commended
Libby BrookeElectrochemical study of heterogenous catalysts for sulfur redoxHighly commended
Aran WellmanDeveloping an Understanding of the Costs of Manufacturing for Li-S Batteries (Co-Hosted with ExaWatt)Highly commended
Szymon KoscParametric studies via molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the effect of electrolyte in lithium-sulphur batteries
Multi-scale Modelling
Reka KeresztesEnvironmental imapct analysis of sodium-ion battery manufacturingWinner - Student science communicator
Amelia (Shengyi) HuDiscovery of superionic solid-state electrolytes using unsupervised machine learningHighly commended
NEXGENNA
Rachel GordonTaking battery chemistries to scale
Daria TurceletEvaluation of Carbon Tin Composites as Negative Electrodes in Sodium Ion Batteries
Hengyi ZhangRemediated ground waste as novel cathode material for sodium-ion batteries
Adam KavanaghOperando characterisation of Na-ion battery electrode materials
Rebecca WitteCathode development and optimization for high-power sodium-ion batteriesHighly commended
Nextrode
Tabitha SeymourOutreach: Behind the Lab SpecsHighly commended
Tian Jun GohImaging metrology for battery electrode coatings
Zhengyang LiTechnological distance mapping and analysis
ReLiB
Erin BudgeExtraction of lithium sales from geothermal waters
Veronica LaiModelling titanate special anodes
Victoria AliuOutreach: Behind Lab SpacesHighly commended
Zayd IslamNew pack and cell designs to simplify battery recyclingWinner - Visual appeal
Punit JivanDebondable adhesives for improved pack disassemblyWinner - Research progress and findings
SafeBatt
Marco Tome FreireAcoustic Spectroscopy to Improve Battery Safety
Yuchen ZhaoUsing molecular dynamics to probe solvent-salt reactions within li-ion battery thermal runaway
SOLBAT
Jacqueline LeeHopping through the interfaces: a multiscale chemo-mechanics model for solid-state battery energy materialsHighly commended
Maud TregearTowards High-Performance “Anode-Free” Solid-State BatteriesWinner - Scientific content and context
Keiziah ChangDevelopment of Positive Electrode Structures in Solid State Batteries
Other projects
Nicholas GerardEnvironmental impact analysis of lithium-sulphur battery manufacturingHighly commended
Yaashiene PukazhendiInvestigating battery pack balancing strategies
Alen MaguireElectrochemomechanics of the Li-solid electrolyte interphase
Aya RagehRest Easy: Efficient Extraction of a Battery Open Circuit Voltage
Emile El AzarNovel diagnostic and prognostic models for lithium-ion batteries
Anghelina EscovFlow battery design for energy storage
Courtney DyerApplication of a miniaturized fluxgate magnetometer to investigate battery charge/discharge cycles
Gagandeep NanderaDeveloping educational resources to explain high power battery materialsHighly commended
Ishan RajEscaping Temperature-Gridlock through Smart Battery Model Parameterisation
Ed HarrisonPreparation and characterization of advanced coatings on cathode materials
Ningyuan FuCellPod Tooling Design and Optimisation
Sigurd BjerkhaugCell Testing and Product Design

 

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

US UK Battery Workshop First in an Ongoing Collaboration

Leading energy storage researchers from the UK Faraday Institution and the US Department of Energy and its National Laboratories met in July to share research findings and identify areas for collaboration at a workshop held at the Royal Institution. The focus of this workshop, the first in a planned series to be hosted alternately in the US and the UK, was on pathways to accelerate R&D for 1) alternative recycling routes for lithium-ion batteries and 2) high-capacity cathode materials with enhanced properties, whilst reducing reliance on critical minerals.

The 40 leading US- and UK- researchers that gathered at a recently held workshop at the Royal Institution that explored ways for US and UK researchers to work more closely together to reduce reliance on critical minerals in cathode materials and to ensure recyclability of batteries. The event follows on from a virtual US UK battery summit held in February 2022, which attracted 800+ registrants. Photo by Adam Gasson / Faraday Institution.

Delegates attending the workshop also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) by Professor Pam Thomas, CEO of the Faraday Institution, and Dr Peter F Green, Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology and Chief Research Officer of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The MOU sets out to establish a cooperative relationship in support of joint US UK research to develop and improve high-capacity batteries as well as new methods for battery materials recycling for their future usage in electric vehicles for a more sustainable world. The MOU builds upon the 2021 Atlantic Charter and Joint Statement, whereby the US President and UK Prime Minister committed to strengthen S&T collaboration, including on batteries.

Peter F Green, NREL, and Pam Thomas, Faraday Institution shaking hands

Peter F Green, NREL, and Pam Thomas, Faraday Institution. Photo by Adam Gasson / Faraday Institution.

UK Business Minister Lord Callanan said: “The signing of this memorandum signals the UK’s continued commitment to international research collaboration in areas of strategic importance, such as energy storage. It is vital the UK continues to make efficient use of critical minerals through partnerships like this one and embed their re-use, recycling and recovery in the supply chain, as laid out in our new Critical Minerals Strategy.”

Professor Pam Thomas opened the workshop and, with Dr Peter Faguy, set the scene for UK and US battery research in the context of increasing demand for critical minerals and its impact on supply chains for future battery manufacture, providing a common framework for discussion. Through a series of presentations, the workshop provided a forum for delegates to share current research challenges and promising results, whilst highlighting the highest-impact areas on which to focus joint efforts. Breakout sessions, facilitated by Venkat Srinivasan (Argonne National Laboratory), Matt Keyser (NREL), and James Gaade and Ian Ellerington (Faraday Institution), focused the discussion to prioritize questions in recycling and cathode materials research which might be taken up through collaboration.

Photo collage. Left to right: Sofia Diaz-Moreno, Diamond Light Source; Jagjit Nanda, ORNL and Paul Shearing, UCL; Jie Xiao, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Tony Harper, Faraday Battery Challenge

Left to right: Sofia Diaz-Moreno, Diamond Light Source; Jagjit Nanda, ORNL and Paul Shearing, UCL; Jie Xiao, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Tony Harper, Faraday Battery Challenge

During the week, US delegates also visited the impressive battery research laboratories and facilities at UCL, Imperial College London, and the United Kingdom’s Battery Industrialisation Centre – hearing talks on cutting-edge R&D and manufacturing

Agenda

US UK Workshop Series in Electrochemical Energy Storage Research

Workshop 1: Cathode Materials and Recycling

27 – 28 July 2022

Day One

Welcome, Pam Thomas CEO, The Faraday Institution

Introduction, Peter Faguy, on behalf of David Howell, Vehicle Technologies Programme US Department of Energy

Cathode Materials

Recycling

Day Two

The workshop was organised by Tony Burrell, Chief Technologist for Energy Storage at NREL, and Matt Howard, Chief Strategy Officer for the Faraday Institution.

About the FI:

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research, skills development, market analysis, and early-stage commercialisation. Bringing together expertise from universities and industry, the Faraday Institution endeavours to make the UK the go-to place for the research and development of new electrical storage technologies for both the automotive and wider relevant sectors. It is a key delivery partner for the Faraday Battery Challenge at UK Research & Innovation.

About the U.S. Department of Energy’s Applied Energy Storage Programmes:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) directs research designed to reduce the cost of batteries. It is involved in all aspects of battery development from addressing fundamental issues of materials and electrochemical interactions at interfaces. This research includes materials discovery, advanced cholerization, theory and modelling, advanced characterization, and diagnostic tools. The Vehicles Technologies Office (VTO) also has an emphasis on optimizing next generation, high-energy lithium ion electrochemistries, such as high energy cathode and anode, full cell systems, and the complex chemical interactions in these cells.

Attendees
39 delegates participated in the two-day workshop, representing 18 organisations from the US and UK. Argonne National Laboratory
Dr Venkat Srinivasan
Dr Jason R Croy
Dr Krzysztof (Kris) Z. Pupek
Mr Jeff Spangenberger
Dr Albert L Lipson Cambridge University
Professor Dame Clare P. Grey Diamond Light Source
Dr Sofia Diaz-Moreno The Faraday Institution 
Professor Pam Thomas
Mr James Gaade
Mr Ian Ellerington
Dr Sylwia Waluś
Mr Matt Howard Idaho National Laboratory
Dr Tanvir R. Tanim Innovate UK and the Faraday Battery Challenge
Mr Tony Harper Jaguar Land Rover
Dr Valentina Gentili Lancaster University
Dr Nuria Tapia Ruiz Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr Gerd Ceder
Dr Robert Kostescki National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dr Peter F. Green
Dr Bill Tumas
Dr Tony Burrell
Mr Matthew Keyser
Ms Kae Fink Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr Ilias Belharouak
Dr Mahalingam Balasubramanian
Dr Jagjit Nanda Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 
Dr Jud Virden
Dr Jie Xiao University College London
Professor Paul Shearing University of Bath
Dr Benjamin Morgan University of Birmingham
Professor Paul Anderson
Professor Emma Kendrick
Professor Peter R Slater University of Leicester
Professor Andrew Abbott University of Warwick
Professor Louis Piper The University of Sheffield 
Dr Denis Cumming
Professor Beverley J Inkson University of St Andrews
Professor John Irvine The US Department of Energy
Peter Faguy

The Faraday Institution and NREL sign MOU in support of US UK joint battery research

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Initial focus to reduce reliance on critical materials and enable recycling of lithium-ion batteries

 

HARWELL, UK (15 August 2022) Leaders in energy storage research in the United Kingdom and the United States have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a cooperative relationship in support of projects to develop and improve high-capacity batteries as well as new methods for battery materials recycling for their future usage in electric vehicles for a more sustainable world.

The MOU was signed at the Royal Institution, during the first in a series of US UK workshops on electrochemical energy storage, by Professor Pam Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Faraday Institution in the UK, and Dr Peter F. Green, Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology and Chief Research Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Both the workshop and the MOU identify areas of mutual interest in areas of key battery research, such as to reduce reliance on critical materials in cathodes and to ensure recyclability of batteries.

“The depth and breadth of scientific knowledge across the US National Labs and the UK’s world-leading universities is what allows for this kind of innovative partnership,” said Professor Pam Thomas, CEO of the Faraday Institution. “By strengthening the connections amongst the best battery research groups in the US and the UK, we will accelerate discovery and much needed breakthroughs in high-capacity cathode materials and develop recycling routes for lithium-ion batteries.”

“An important goal is to establish a sustainable supply chain for critical materials, such as cobalt, and to establish a lithium battery recycling ecosystem to recover and reintroduce these materials into the battery supply chain. Electrochemical energy storage is one of DOE’s priorities, and collaborative activities have been established between the national laboratories in this area,” said Peter F Green, Deputy Laboratory Director, Science and Technology, NREL. “This MOU leverages the enormous and historic strengths of the research enterprise in energy storage in both the US and the UK to accomplish this.”

UK Business Minister Lord Callanan said: “The signing of this memorandum signals the UK’s continued commitment to international research collaboration in areas of strategic importance, such as energy storage. It is vital the UK continues to make efficient use of critical minerals through partnerships like this one and embed their re-use, recycling and recovery in the supply chain, as laid out in our new Critical Minerals Strategy.”

Among the distinguished guests attending the ceremony were Peter Faguy, manager of the Applied Battery Research Program in the Vehicle Technologies Program in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Tony Harper, Faraday Battery Challenge Director at UK Research and Innovation; Bill Tumas, Associate Laboratory Director, Materials, Chemical, and Computational Science at NREL; Ilias Belharouak, Distinguished Scientist & Head of the Electrification Section in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructure Division at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Jud Virden, Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Directorate at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Access photos from the signing ceremony.

For more information on the Faraday Institution, visit www.faraday.ac.uk and follow @FaradayInst on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Jon Leong – Business Intelligence Manger

A warm welcome to Jon Leong on his appointment to the role of Business Intelligence Manger. 

Jonathan joined the Faraday Institution in May 2022 as a Business Intelligence Manger. He works closely with the Commercialisation Director to help identify and develop commercialisation opportunities and owns the TSCAN process. TSCAN is the Faraday Institution’s methodology to prioritise and direct the activities of its internal commercialisation team to the research areas that are likely to have the most substantive impact on the UK economy.

Prior to joining the Faraday Institution, he worked in Dyson’s battery research programme and was responsible for process development and industrialising lab-based research activities into manufacturing-scale concepts. Prior to that, he worked on novel technologies for Dyson’s personal care products and was also seconded to the office of the CEO. Jonathan has also worked for IBM and has experience in a law firm.

In 2018, Jonathan obtained a 1st Class Meng in Material Science and Engineering from Imperial College London. His Master’s project focused on characterising the degradation of garnet-type solid state batteries.