Greening the manufacture process of batteries

Dr Yang Xu (UCL Chemistry) will be working to improve the environmental impact of lithium-ion batteries, after winning

Dr Xu said: "Manufacturing battery materials and understanding their electrochemistry are two important aspects of battery research. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to contribute to both aspects through this project. I’m confident that the outcome of the project will benefit other battery systems, facilitating the diversification of energy research beyond the project."

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 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.

Professor Pam Thomas, CEO of the Faraday Institution, said: "The Faraday Institution remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and invest in battery research initiatives that hold the greatest potential for making significant societal, environmental, and commercial contributions. This announcement signals the completion of our latest round of project refocusing, enabling us to allocate even more effort towards those areas of research that offer maximum potential in delivering transformative impact."

Dr Xu joins other researchers who are part of the Faraday Battery Challenge. Dr Rhodri Owen (UCL Chemical Engineering) at the UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab recently received an entrepreneurial fellowship for his start-up company, Sention, to develop an ultrasound technique to evaluate the physical properties of batteries. Professor Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering) who leads the UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab, leads a team developing test cells with a combination of advanced lithium-ion cell design and novel silicon anode material.
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