To build and support a world-class energy storage research community, the Faraday Institution is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment. Our research community is brought together by a shared value that through interdisciplinary collaboration and by celebrating a diversity of ideas, opinions, knowledge and people, research excellence will follow. Beyond research disciplines, diversity within this community takes many other forms including age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin and religion. In recognition of this, the Faraday Institution aspires to maintain an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive, feel they belong, and have a voice.
An Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) working group, chaired by CFO Susan Robertson, comprises researchers from our community to ensure the Faraday Institution creates a fully inclusive environment.
The Faraday Institution is a member of WISE and committed to promoting gender balance in science, technology, and engineering.
Prior to joining the Faraday Institution, Susan was Chief Financial Officer of Velocys, the AIM-listed renewable fuels company, a position she held for 10 years through the company’s transformational years from early stage start-up to the point of having a commercial plant in operation. Prior to that, she was at the BOC Group (now Linde Group) where she held various senior-level financial management and business development positions in the UK and in Japan. Susan helped to set up and then, from 2003 to 2006, served as Vice President and CFO of Japan Air Gases (JAG), a joint venture between The BOC Group and Air Liquide.
Susan has an honours degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and is a chartered accountant (FCA) having originally trained with Arthur Andersen in London.
Dr Jyoti Ahuja is a Faraday Institution Research Fellow working on the ReLiB project. Her research examines the regulatory and other legal structures necessary to construct an effective circular economy in relation to the production and re-use, recycling and recovery of lithium-ion batteries.
Jyoti’s broader research interests focus on tort law, and on the relationship between science and the law. Her doctoral thesis examined the application of medical and epidemiological evidence in disease litigation (including the legal approach to diseases caused by toxic exposures and environmental hazards). She also teaches Tort law at the Birmingham Law School.
Prior to joining the ReLiB project, she worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS for 19 years, and is keenly committed to interdisciplinary collaboration for the development of legal and regulatory frameworks that are better informed by scientific evidence.
Paul is Deputy Chair of the Athena SWAN Committee in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at Newcastle University (SCEAM, 2014 – 15, Bronze award April 2015). He was the Postgraduate Sub-Dean for the Faculty of Science, (1999 –2002) and the founding Dean of Graduate Studies, SAgE Faculty (2002 - 2006). He has guided 31 students through to their PhD and has written approximately 180 publications and one book.
Haydn is a PhD student originally from Brighton who is working under the supervision of Dr. Hugo Bronstein and Prof. Clare Grey at the University of Cambridge as part of the Faraday Institution’s battery degradation project.
Dr Zubera Iqbal works on the recycling of spent lithium ion batteries using bio-processing routes as part of the ReLiB project. Her research focuses on the use of microbes to recover critical metals from spent Li-ion batteries.
In 2015 she attained her PhD working with Prof. Neil Rowson at the University of Birmingham, working on recovering strategic metals from mining waste material. Following that she joined industry working on a range of EU funded grants working with graphene material for a start-up company followed by a role at the Ministry of Defence.
Jawwad is Professor of Materials Chemistry and Vice Dean of Enterprise (in the Maths and Physical Sciences Faculty) at University College London. Prof Darr has a distinguished track record in the field of advanced materials and manufacturing and is one of the UK’s leading scientists developing battery materials to power the next generation of electric vehicles (as part of the Faraday Institution initiative). For over a decade, he has also been a visiting professor in Pakistan in Lahore, supporting development of affordable biomedical materials. More recently, Prof Darr co-founded a charity called UP-SIGN that is coordinating academics and professionals from the UK and Pakistan and supporting Pakistani diaspora academics (www.upsign.org.uk). He is also a qualified first aider and level 1 soccer coach.
Research website: www.ucl.me.uk
Fran Long is a STEM engagement specialist and award-winning primary science teacher who is passionate about promoting science and engineering.
In 2017, Fran was honoured to receive a Primary Science Teacher Award (PSTA), endorsed by the Institute of Physics, and is now a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).
Fran was the creator and organiser of a pioneering monthly STEM assembly series that brought STEM professionals (scientists and engineers) into school to share about a day of their working life over a 16-month period. Research to evaluate the impact of the programme on STEM career aspirations showed a statistically significant increase in the number of pupils who would consider scientific and engineering career paths.
As part of a Post Graduate Certificate for Professional Recognition in Engineering STEM Learning, Fran interviewed 35 engineers in the work place, gaining insight into ‘Engineering Habits of Mind’ (EHOM) as described by Bill Lucas in ‘Thinking Like An Engineer’. She ascertained the inspiration behind STEM career choices and presented findings to industry experts and colleagues.
As a skilled teacher and keen project lead Fran has extensive experience of creating bespoke educational material to inspire learners. This includes writing CREST Award material accredited by the British Science Association. Fran is also a competent trainer who writes and facilitates high quality continuing professional development programmes based on best practice and latest research. She is a recipient of the STEM Learning CPD Quality Mark.
As an experienced event and conference organiser Fran enjoys creating exciting programmes to engage audiences in new ways.
Fran holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Primary Teacher Education and was awarded the Speight Undergraduate Prize for her research.
Layla received her Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Warsaw, Poland and her PhD in Chemistry from Miami University, USA working in the area of electrochemical detectors coupled with gas chromatography for cancer therapy.
Following her PhD, in 2013 she joined the Physical Sciences Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a postdoctoral research associate and in 2016 was promoted to Staff Scientist. Her work at PNNL involved the development of an in-situ stage to study dynamic processes in next generation batteries with applications to Li-ion and beyond Li chemistries being supported as part of the Joint Centre for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).
Layla has received numerous international awards for her work, including the 2019 MSA Early Career Albert Crewe award, the 2015 MRS postdoctoral award, the 2015 Microscopy Society of America postdoctoral award and the 2014 Microscopy & Microanalysis Presidential award. In 2016 she also received a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship to perform Research at Nagoya University, Japan in collaboration with Toyota Japan.
She has over 20 publications in the development and application of low-dose methods to the operando and high-resolution study of beam sensitive materials and processes. She has organised four international in-situ liquid TEM workshops, an international in-situ TEM symposium, has given 25 invited talks at international meetings and institutions. She is the Associate Editor covering in-situ TEM for the Springer Nature journal, Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging. Currently, her research group focuses on developing advanced new microscopy methods to generate an in-depth understanding of reaction kinetics at solid/liquid and solid/gas interfaces in batteries, electrocatalysis and pharmaceuticals.
Simon completed his PhD at the University of Bath before moving to Imperial to start his current postdoc in on the Faraday Institution’s Multi-scale Modelling project. At Bath he participated in several outreach activities directed towards autistic people like himself and was also a student representative on the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee.
Having completed a PhD and postdoctoral research in System Identification, Dhammika’s research focus is further developing the methodologies for battery applications. These methodologies include the design of perturbation signals for dynamic system identification, parameter estimation in time and frequency domains and model simplification for real time applications.
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