Noticeboard – January 2020


Read some of the 30 items of news coverage about the Faraday Institution, about awards received by our researchers and other news relating to the Faraday Institution, our research projects and researchers.

In the News
The Faraday Institution continues to receive plenty of press coverage. In the past few months coverage has centred around ReLiB’s Nature review paper on battery recycling. It was also gratifying to see The Telegraph’s week-long focus on EV batteries in the autumn, and that the Faraday Institution was quoted in a number of those articles. Recent coverage:

• Scitech Europa, September 2019, “The UK and the race to electrification” (page 86.)
• Forbes, 4 October, “Tesla’s AI acquisition: a new way for autonomous driving?
• Foundation for Science and Technology blog, 25 October, “Meeting the battery challenge,” an interview with Prof. Clare Grey.
• Inside EVs, 27 October, “BBC Click explores EVs and their future potential versus gas cars.
• Chemistry World, 28 October, “A battery technology worth its salt” with comment from John Goodenough, Mauro Pasta and Saiful Islam.
• BBC Radio 4, 29 October, The Life Scientific, “Materials to power the 21st century,” an interview with Saiful Islam.
• The Telegraph, 30 October, “Why Britain desperately needs eight new 'gigafactories' to save its car industry.
• The Telegraph, 31 October, “The race to make better batteries for the electric vehicle revolution.
• The Telegraph, 4 November, “Electric car demand could see UK build a gigafactory for batteries ‘within three years.’
• Gizmodo, 5 November, “Battery specialists say the UK needs a £1.5bn gigafactory to cope with future EV demand.
• Motherboard, 6 November, “Today's electric car batteries will be tomorrow's e-waste crisis, scientists warn.
• Air Quality News, 7 November, “UK heading for ‘mountain of waste’ unless it can recycle EV batteries.
• The Telegraph, 8 November, “Britain faces 'waste battery mountain' as electric car use surges.
• Greencar Congress, 8 November, “Study finds recycling technologies for Li-ion batteries not keeping pace with rapid rise of EVs.
• Fleet News, 11 November, “Recycling plan for electric vehicle batteries needed.
• Solid and Waste Recycling, 11 November, “Review suggests new EV battery recycling techniques needed.
• The Telegraph, 13 November, “Musk blames Brexit uncertainty for not building battery plant in Britain.
• Driven, 15 November, “Why Germany beat the UK to Tesla's European gigafactory.
• Daily Research List, 19 November, “The need to recycle Li-ion batteries from electric vehicles.
• Royal Society of Chemistry, Education in Chemistry, 4 December, “New power, old batteries.”
• Gizmodo, 19 December, “A recycling renegade is out of prison and ready to tackle the electric vehicle battery crisis.
• CBC, 29 December, “Electric vehicles are supposed to be green, but the truth is a bit murkier.
• Republic, 9 January 2020, “Researchers develop 'world's most efficient' battery, charges phone for 5 days.
• The Times, 15 January, “Britain battles to join the gigafactories race.
• AM Online, 15 January, “Why a battery gigafactory is key for UK automotive, a guest opinion.
• Wired, 17 January, “Tesla's gigafactory snub tells you everything about the UK's EV woes.
• Geographical 22 January, “UK unprepared to deal with electric vehicle battery waste mountain.

• BBC Radio Notts, 23 January, Interview with researcher Lee Johnson from University of Nottingham.

• World Economic Forum press release, 23 January, “42 global organizations agree on guiding principles for batteries to power sustainable energy transition.

Awards and External Recognition
Many congratulations to Professor Saiful Islam, from the University of Bath, and Principal Investigator of our CATMAT project, who received the 2020 American Chemical Society Henry H. Storch Award in Energy Chemistry at the end of last year.

Acknowledgements in Scientific Papers
A reminder that journal publications should acknowledge the funding source using the standard format agreed by funders and publishers as follows ‘This work was supported by the Faraday Institution [grant number xxxx].’ Further details are given in the Faraday Institution Community Guide.

Further, researchers should make themselves aware of their university’s guidelines on authorship when determining who to include (and not include) in a list of authors on a journal paper. As an example, please see the guidelines from the University of Cambridge. Guidelines vary with university and journal, but in general people should be acknowledged as an author where they have made a substantial intellectual or practical contribution to the research. This includes researchers based at central user facilities.

Project websites and social media
It’s good to see some of the new projects launch their websites and twitter feeds: Check out the FutureCat and LiSTAr websites and the following twitter feeds: @FI_FutureCat, @LiSTArFi, @NaNexgen and @BreatheBT

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

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Louise Gould is a marketing and communications professional who has centred her career around technology-based organisations. She joined the Faraday Institution after 5 years as Marketing Communications Manager at the renewable fuels company Velocys. View her biography here


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