The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, supporting research, training, and analysis. We bring together scientists and industry partners on research projects to reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; to improve performance and reliability; and to develop whole-life strategies from mining to recycling to second use.
From 2003 to 2004, Littlewood was a Matthias Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he conducted collaborative research with lab staff in theoretical physics, materials science, atomic physics, and nuclear radiation detection. He also has served as a consultant to Los Alamos and to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Littlewood began his career with almost 20 years at Bell Laboratories.
Littlewood holds six patents, has published more than 250 articles in scientific journals and has given more than 300 invited talks at international conferences, universities and laboratories. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences). He serves on advisory boards of research and education institutions and other scientific organizations worldwide.
Littlewood holds a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences (physics) and a doctorate in physics, both from the University of Cambridge.
Stephen Heidari-Robinson is co-founder and managing director of Quartz Associates and senior adviser for Covalis Capital. He served as former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s energy and environment adviser and was one of the architects of the UK’s generation strategy and decarbonisation plan. He played a leading role in the nation’s plans to address flooding, air pollution and is a strong advocate for electric vehicles as future powertrains in transport.
Heidari-Robinson spent nine years as a leader in McKinsey and Company’s energy practice and was a vice president in Schlumberger, the world’s leading oil field services and technology company. He has also worked in private equity, as the head of corporate sponsorship for a charity (Asia House), and as a civil servant.
Heidari-Robinson is co-author, with Suzanne Heywood, of a Harvard Business Review book on reorganising institutions (‘Reorg’). His thoughts on decarbonisation and air quality have been featured in Business Green and on BBC Newsnight. Stephen studied history at Oxford, holds an MA in architectural history from the Courtauld Institute, London University, and studied Farsi at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
She gained a global perspective working across Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Earlier in her career, Helene also gained experience working in utilities and investment banking.
Today, Helene works as an independent management consultant. Helene holds a master degree’s in business management from the Neoma Business School in France.
Peter’s research interests embrace materials chemistry and electrochemistry, especially lithium and sodium batteries. Recent efforts have focused on the synthesis and understanding of new materials for lithium-ion batteries, on understanding anomalous oxygen redox processes in high capacity Li-ion cathodes, the challenges of the lithium-air battery and the influence of order on the ionic conductivity of polymer electrolytes.
His research has been recognised by a number of awards and fellowships, including from the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the German Chemical Society and The Electrochemical Society. He was elected to the Royal Society (UK Academy of Sciences) in 2007 and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scottish Academy of Sciences) in 1994. He has appeared on the Thomson Reuters list of highly cited researchers since 2015.
In addition to his involvement in the Faraday Institution, he also directs the UK Energy Storage Hub (SuperStore).
Ian is an engineer who graduated from University of Cambridge with an M.Eng. in Manufacturing Engineering in 1993 and is now an experienced technical manager who has worked with small, medium and large corporates, academia and government. His early career was spent working on Gas Turbine engines with the Ministry of Defence before moving to project management at QinetiQ where he was responsible for research programme management and delivery of the large test programmes. He left QinetiQ to join Meggitt Defence Systems as UK General Manager where developed, made and operated new technical products and set up and ran a new R&D and manufacturing facility.
Matthew Howard is a communications professional specialising in research communications for some of the world’s leading universities and scientific institutions, including the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Columbia University among others.
Most recently, Howard served as the Chief Communications Officer and director of the communications and public affairs division for the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, where he was responsible for communicating the distinctive scientific culture and the groundbreaking innovations and impacts of one of the largest science and engineering research laboratories in the US. In this capacity, he was responsible for communications strategy, brand and visual identity, media relations, crisis communications, internal communications, educational programmes and community engagement.
Before joining Argonne in 2007, Howard served as the director of the media initiatives group at the University of Chicago. In prior years, Howard has worked as a higher education adviser, as an editorial and communications lead for multiple start-up companies, and as an editor for an academic publisher.
* Demonstration of a world-leading efficiency renewable energy heating system (PV-heat pump) capable of supplying all domestic heating and hot water with 1/3 running cost of a gas boiler.
* Demonstration of the world’s highest energy density sodium-ion battery (> 300 Whl-1 in 3Ah cell).
* Invention and development of a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) with a switchable privacy function, transferred to mass production in July 2005. Used in numerous mobile phone products.
* Design and development of a key part of the world’s first mass-produced 2D/3D switchable LCD (2002), applied to mobile phones and computer monitors.
* Patented invention and design of the polarisation optics for Sharp’s HR-TFT LCD (1998), used in Nintendo Gameboy Colour and Advance. Over 250 million of these displays have been made.
Tanis brings a realm of much needed experience with her, a large networking contact book and is known for her positivity and energy in bringing the team together, her sense of fun and approachability.
The Faraday Institution is the research vehicle for the ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge, which comprises a £246m commitment over the next 4 years to develop, design and manufacturer world-leading batteries in the UK. The programme is split into three separate elements, delivered in parallel, to provide connectivity across research and innovation strands.
A new, virtual research institute comprising a headquarters at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and a series of research projects carried out in UK universities to accelerate fundamental science and its translation directly related to batteries.
An innovation programme to support collaborative research and development with co-investment from industry (led by Innovate UK).
Our first four fast start projects include 25 industry partners and 20 universities that are passionate about leading Britain's energy future.
Led by the University of Cambridge, this project will examine how environmental and internal battery stresses (such as high temperatures, charging and discharging rates) damage electric vehicle (EV) batteries over time.
Imperial College London (ICL) will lead a consortium to equip industry and academia with new software tools to understand and predict battery performance, by connecting understanding of battery materials at the atomic level all the way up to an assembled battery pack.
A project led by the University of Birmingham will determine the ways in which spent lithium batteries can be recycled. With the aim to recycle 100% of the battery, the project will look how to reuse the batteries and their materials, to make better use of global resources.
The University of Oxford will lead an effort to break down the barriers that are preventing the progression to market of solid-state batteries, that should be lighter and safer, meaning cost savings and less reliance on cooling systems.
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