Updates for Project Teams – February 2019

Please take a look at a short document giving guidance on:
(i) including Faraday Institution affiliations and funding notifications in papers published by Faraday Institution projects.
(ii) informing the Faraday Institution HQ team when papers are in the process of being accepted by journals.

Links to published papers will be added here. Take a look at papers published recently by the ReLiB and Multi-scale Modelling projects:

Prospective LCA of the production and EoL recycling of a novel type of Li-ion battery for electric vehicles, Raugei M., Winfield P, Journal of Cleaner Production; 213 (2019) 926e932.

Non-equilibrium crystallization pathways of manganese oxides in aqueous solution, Wenhao Sun, Daniil A. Kitchaev, Denis Kramer & Gerbrand Ceder, Nature Comms., 10, 573 (2019).


  • Andrew Abbott, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Leicester and member of the ReLiB project recently gave a lecture at the Museum of London for Gresham College, an institution that goes back 500 years. His presentation was on plastics recycling and bioplastics. Video. Andy is in the process of proposing a series of lectures for Gresham College on recycling and sustainability.
  • On 30th January, Paul Anderson, Principal Investigator on the ReLiB Project joined Ian Ellerington, Head of Technology Transfer at the Faraday Institution, and representatives from the Innovate UK collaborative R&D projects related to EV battery recycling at a cohort event at the APC. Participants were briefed on the research scope and findings to date of each of the projects and had the opportunity to get immediate feedback from industry consortium members. A representative from the Environment Agency also attended to answer questions on legislative compliance. The event, and its networking opportunities, proved valuable in actively solving problems the projects are facing. The Faraday Institution intents to investigate the value of holding similar small cohort events with Innovate UK projects centered around this and other themes in the future.
  • On Friday 25 January 2019, Saiful Islam, Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, Co-investigator on Faraday Institution projects, and presenter of the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, presented the discourse, “Making a material difference to green energy - batteries included” at the Royal Institution. A number of the team from HQ as well as some of our cluster and affiliated PhD students had the pleasure of seeing Saiful in action in this amazing space.
  • In 12 December, Professor Paul Christensen, Chair of Pure and Applied Electrochemistry School of Engineering at Newcastle University, gave a presentation to the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service on all aspects of automotive lithium ion batteries, including aspects of chemical and fire safety. The presentation was aimed at informing the updating of the Standard Operating Procedure of the TWFRS for EV fires and is part of an ongoing collaboration between the ReLiB project and the Fire Service. 

Future events

  • Greg Offer, PI of the multiscale modelling project has helped to organise this year’s Future Powertrain Conference on the 27-28 February in Birmingham.  Sam Cooper of Imperial College London, and member of the Multi-scale Modelling project is presenting. Anna Wise, the Innovation Lead for Batteries at Innovate UK is chairing a panel of presenters representing the Collaborative R&D Faraday Battery Challenge projects.
  • In partnership with SEO London, the Faraday Institution is hosting the Fully Electric Engagement Programme (FEEP) on 27 February at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London. This event is targeting undergraduates studying STEM subjects from backgrounds historically underrepresented in STEM fields. The event’s aim is to give participants an insight into the battery revolution and possible careers in the area. Know someone who could be interested? Please forward these details on to them.
  • Neil Morris, CEO of the Faraday Institution is presenting at the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum Keynote Seminar on the 7 March. The seminar is bringing together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss what more can be done to drive innovation in the UK energy sector 
  • Neil is also presenting at the Aurora Spring Forum on 19 March in Oxford.  
  • The University of Oxford is holding a two-day symposium on Battery Modelling on 18-19 March 2019 at Pembroke College. For more details, please visit the event’s website.
  • What do the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance, Professor Serena Corr from the University of Sheffield, Simon Moores, Managing Director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Professor David Greenwood of WMG and Judith Richardson, Global Purchasing Director of Jaguar Land Rover have in common? They are all presenting at “The Battery – Inside Out” a thought-leadership event that the Faraday Institution is co-curating with the Royal Institution for the general public on the 12 March. Tickets can be purchased here. We have a small number of free tickets available. If any PhD students (affiliated or cluster) would like one of these please contact Louise Gould. For more details about the event click here
  • Calling all parents. Why not bring your children to the Big Bang Fair’s family day on the 16 March? This is the biggest celebration of STEM for young people in the UK. Make sure you drop by the Faraday Institution’s stand.

Press coverage

  • CNN Business, 13 December 2018, “The electric cars of the future could be recharged in 15 minutes.” 
  • Hyperdrive in conversation with… Ian Ellerington, Head of Technology and Transfer at The Faraday Institution, 14 January 2019.
  • Driving Electric, 25 January 2019, “How recyclable are batteries from electric cars?” 
  • Cold Fusion, “Batteries, recycling and the environment”, 4 February 2019. Well done to Rob Sommerville a PDRA on the ReLiB project his successful interview, and Kieran O'Regan, one of our PhD cluster students, for identifying this opportunity. Cold Fusion has over 2 million subscribers. 

Job vacancies

A call for proposals for a PhD studentship that the Faraday Institution is co-funding with ISIS neutron and muon source closes on 15th February. Read more…

Posted on February 7, 2019 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 https://faraday.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Louise-Gould-Nov-2018.pdf


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