24 – 26 November 2020

Save the dates for the 2021 conference: 16 – 18 November

Faraday Institution Annual Conference

FARADAY INSTITUTION CONFERENCE Moving to online

 
Due to Covid-19 the conference is being delivered online. Live sessions will be held via Zoom, and Slack will provide delegate-to-delegate interaction. Those people registered for the conference can access Slack via an email sent to them 9th November. From Slack, delegates will be able to pick up links to the Zoom sessions. Pre-recorded video, posters and exhibition material will be available soon and passwords can be found on Slack.

24 November

This day gives PhD researchers and Faraday Institution Research Fellows the opportunity to present their work. This day will be a closed-door event just for Faraday Institution researchers and we particularly encourage early career researchers to attend.

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25-26 November

This is an open event for the Faraday Institution’s 450-strong researcher community, any UK-based academic, anybody working in industry, government or policy in the UK battery space, and selected overseas industry and academic partners.
 

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CONFIRMED Keynote Speakers

 

Prof. Kristina Edström

Ångström Advanced Battery Centre (ÅABC), Project Coordinator for Battery 2030+ and Board Member for Faraday Institution

Dr Peter Lamp

General Manager, Research Battery Technology, BMW

Andy Street

Mayor, West Midlands Combined Authority

CONFIRMED Invited Speakers

 

Dr Dee Strand

Chief Scientific Officer, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Dr Gareth Hinds

Science Area Leader in Electrochemistry, National Physical Laboratory
 

Prof. Yang-Kook Sun

Department of Energy Engineering, Hanyang University, Korea

Dr Ahmad Mohsseni

Chief Technology Officer, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

and featuring the Principal Investigators of the Faraday Institution research projects

Prof. Clare Grey

PI – Battery Degradation Project, University of Cambridge

Dr Gregory Offer

PI – Multi-scale Modelling Project, Imperial College London

Dr Paul Anderson

PI – ReLiB – Recycing and Reuse, University of Birmingham

Prof. Serena Corr

PI – FutureCat – Next Generation Cathode Materials, University of Sheffield
 

Prof. Saiful Islam

PI – CATMAT – Next Generation Cathode Materials, University of Bath

 

Prof. Patrick Grant

PI – Nextrode – Electrode Manufacturing, University of Oxford

Prof. Peter Bruce

Chief Scientist, Faraday Institution

Prof. John Irvine

PI – NEXGENNA – Sodium Ion Batteries, University of St Andrews

Prof. Paul Shearing

PI – LiSTAR – Lithium Sulfur Batteries, University College London

Dr Siân Dutton

PI – Optical Microscopies, University of Cambridge

Prof. Robert Weatherup

PI – Probing Buried Interfaces in Working Batteries, University of Oxford

Prof. Nigel Browning

PI – Imaging Dynamic Electrochemical Interfaces, University of Liverpool

ABOUT THE FARADY INSTITUTION

Powering Britain's battery revolution

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research, skills development and market analysis. It brings together research scientists and industry partners on commercially valuable projects to reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; improve performance and reliability; and develop whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse.

0900 - 0915

Welcome

Opening remarks by Dr Billy Wu, Co-Investigator, Multi-scale Modelling Project - Imperial College London

 

Link to session on Slack conference platform

0915 - 1015

Theme 1: Materials development and synthesis

Chair: Dr Alisyn Nedoma, Project Leader, FutureCat, University of Sheffield

Beth Johnston, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, FutureCat - University of Sheffield, Stabilisation of Ni-rich layered oxides for high capacity cathodes

Miguel Perez Osorio, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, CATMAT - University of Oxford, Oxygen redox chemistry of Li-rich cathodes

Alexandra Morscher, PhD Researcher, SOLBAT - University of Liverpool, Hexagonal argyrodites: a novel family of lithium ion conductors

Virginia Echavarri-Bravo, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, ReLiB - University of Edinburgh, Selective bacteriological recovery and up-cycling of critical metals contained in Li-ion batteries

Reimagining the composition of the battery from atom to cell.

Link to session on Slack conference platform

1015 - 1130

Break and posters

Engage on Slack with poster presenters in the poster session on the materials development and synthesis channel, or view content on the conference website. The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channel linked above.

1130 - 1230

Theme 2: Characterisation – creating the battery research toolset of tomorrow

Chair: Rob Weatherup, Principal Investigator, Characterisation (Oxford) - University of Oxford

Daniel Martin-Yerga, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Characterisation (Liverpool) - University of Warwick, Revealing surface structure-function at negative electrodes through correlative electrochemical multi-microscopy
Jodie Charlton, PhD Researcher, Degradation - University of Oxford, Probing the formation and cycling of the SEI in a lithium ion battery by operando neutron reflectivity
Jędrzej Morzy, PhD Researcher, Degradation - University of Cambridge, Fabrication and testing of microbatteries for operando TEM electrochemistry
Jarrod Williams, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Characterisation (Liverpool) - University of Bath, More than the sum of its parts: multi-modal data processing in battery characterisation

New tools for battery characterisation are being developed across multiple Faraday Institution projects. Join us to hear about four new capabilities that could be applied to your research.

Link to session on Slack conference platform

1230 - 1330

Break and posters

Engage on Slack with poster presenters in the poster session on the battery characterisation channel, or view content on the conference website. The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channel linked above.

1330 - 1430

Theme 3: Computational chemistry, simulation and modelling

Chair: Monica Marinescu, Co-investigator, Multi-scale Modelling – Imperial College London

Robert Timms, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Multi-scale Modelling - University of Oxford, Open-source battery modeling with PyBaMM
Adam Boyce, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Nextrode - UCL, An image based model for optimised electrode microstructures
Kieran O'Regan, PhD Researcher, Multiscale Modelling - University of Birmingham, Strategy for the parameterisation of a thermal-electrochemical model for lithium-ion batteries
Alireza Rastegarpanah, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, ReLiB - University of Birmingham, A rapid neural network-based state of health estimation scheme for screening of end of life electric vehicle batteries

Simulation tools from microstructure to cell to pack: how modelling can predict battery behaviour and quantify battery degradation and the importance of good parametrisation.

Link to session on Slack conference platform

1430 - 1530

Break and posters

Engage on Slack with poster presenters in the poster session on the computational chemistry, simulation and modelling channel, and the Pick and Mix channel, or view content on the conference website. The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channel linked above.

1530 - 1630

Theme 4: Pick and mix!

From STEM outreach to technique development; from the studies around the aging of batteries to the siting of a recycling plant - this session demonstrates the broad remit of Faraday Institution activities.

Chair: Lee Johnson, Co-Investigator, Degradation - University of Nottingham
Elizabeth Driscoll, PhD Researcher, CATMAT - University of Birmingham, The building blocks of battery technology: inspiring the next generation of battery researchers
Jennifer Allen, PhD Researcher, Degradation & NEXGENNA - University of Cambridge, Using paramagnetic nuclear relaxation enhancement to study transition metal dissolution and deposition in lithium-ion cells
Robert Burrell, PhD Researcher, Multi-scale Modelling - University of Lancaster, Identifying and managing reversible capacity losses that falsify cycle ageing tests of lithium-ion cells
Wesley Dose, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Degradation - University of Cambridge, Potential-induced degradation in Ni-rich Li-ion batteries

Link to session on Slack conference platform

1630 - 1645

Closing remarks

Closing remarks by Dr Billy Wu, Co-Investigator, Multi-scale Modelling Project - Imperial College London

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0900 - 0920

Introduction and welcome

Prof Pam Thomas, CEO, Faraday Institution

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0920 - 1020

Project spotlight: Battery Degradation, Multi-scale Modelling and Recycling and Reuse (ReLiB)

Chair: Prof. Dave Greenwood, Expert Panel Member, Warwick Manufacturing Group
Prof. Clare Grey, Principal Investigator, Battery Degradation Project - University of Cambridge
Dr Gregory Offer, Principal Investigator, Multi-scale Modelling Project - Imperial College London
Dr Paul Anderson, Principal Investigator, ReLiB - Recycing and Reuse - University of Birmingham

The first 15 minutes of this session is an opportunity to watch one of the pre-recorded project videos (if you haven’t already done so).

The live session will begin at 0935

The live session will begin at 0935
Link to session on Slack conference platform

1020 - 1115

Break, posters and exhibition

Engage on Slack with poster presenters and exhibitors, or view videos and posters on the on the conference website. Note, the Slack links take you to one of the SIX poster channels, and one of the TWO exhibition channels.

The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channels linked above.

1030 - 1100 Optional

Boost your Career

Lynn Tomkins, Chair, Skills 4 Ltd

A short interactive workshop that enables delegates to take stock of their career progress to date and brainstorm next steps. The session highlights the key personal barriers to career progression for women and equips attendees with tools and techniques for greater career success.

This is a  precursor to the Women’s Empower programme that will be open to application from women working on Faraday Institution projects.

A session targeted at women but open to all.

Link to session on Slack conference platform

1130 - 1215

Project spotlight: Cathode Materials (FutureCat, CATMAT) and Electrode Manufacturing (Nextrode)

Prof. Andrea Russell, Expert Panel Member - University of Southampton
Prof. Serena Corr, Principal Investigator, FutureCat - Next Generation Cathode Materials - University of Sheffield
Prof. Saiful Islam, Principal Investigator, CATMAT - Next Generation Cathode Materials - University of Bath
Prof. Patrick Grant, Principal Investigator - Nextrode - Electrode Manufacturing, University of Oxford

Please watch at least one of the project videos accessed here before the session starts.

The live session will begin at 1130
Link to session on Slack conference platform

1215 - 1315

Break, posters and exhibition

Engage on Slack with poster presenters and exhibitors, or view videos and posters on the on the conference website. Note, the Slack links take you to one of the SIX poster channels, and one of the TWO exhibition channels.

The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channels linked above.

1330 - 1415

Project spotlight: Beyond Lithium Ion: Solid State (SOLBAT), Sodium Ion (NEXGENNA), and Lithium-Sulfur (LiSTAR)

Chair: Dr Tony Burrell, Expert Panel Member - NREL
Prof. Peter Bruce, Principal Investigator, SOLBAT - Solid State Batteries - University of Oxford
Prof. John Irvine, Principal Investigator, NEXGENNA - Sodium Ion Batteries - University of St Andrews
Prof. Paul Shearing, Principal Investigator, LiSTAR - Lithium Sulfur Batteries - University College London

Please watch at least one of the project videos accessed here before the session starts.

The live session will begin at 1330

Link to session on Slack conference platform

1415 - 1430

Break, posters and exhibition

Engage on Slack with poster presenters and exhibitors, or view videos and posters on the on the conference website. Note, the Slack links take you to one of the SIX poster channels, and one of the TWO exhibition channels.

The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channels linked above.

1430 - 1510

Keynote

Keynote speech by Prof Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Ångström Advanced Battery Centre (ÅABC), Project Coordinator for Battery 2030+ and Board Member for Faraday Institution

Challenges in going operando studying interfaces in batteries.
Link to session on Slack conference platform

1510 - 1530

Break, posters and exhibition

Engage on Slack with poster presenters and exhibitors, or view videos and posters on the on the conference website. Note, the Slack links take you to one of the SIX poster channels, and one of the TWO exhibition channels.

The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channels linked above.

1530 - 1700 Parallel Session

Cross cutting Theme 1: Materials research and discovery of new materials

Chair: Prof. Matt Rosseinsky, Co-Investigator, SOLBAT - University of Liverpool,
Invited speaker: Dr Dee Strand, Chief Scientific Officer - Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Acceleration of battery material development using high throughput experimental methods

Faraday Institution Speakers:
Dr Hui Yang, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Multi-scale Modelling - Imperial College London, Chemical trends in the lattice thermal conductivity of NMC battery cathodes
Dr Robert House, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, CATMAT - University of Oxford, The role of O2 in O-redox cathodes
Dr Matthew Dyer, Co-Investigator, SOLBAT - University of Liverpool, Materials discovery for solid state batteries

This session will explore both the development of new materials as well as methodologies for new materials discovery, including highlighting outputs from the Faraday Institution that may provide a route to improvements in performance and cost for the next generation of lithium ion and beyond lithium chemistries. Examples may include new synthesis methods for the development of novel compositions and advanced structural properties, e.g. in advanced cathode chemistries, development of new electrolytes, as well as the use of advanced computational chemistry, aided by the Michael high performance computing facility, and novel AI/machine-learning techniques to identify target materials for synthesis and evaluation as potential energy storage materials or solid ion conductors.

Closing remarks: Lucy Martin, Deputy Director Faraday Battery Challenge, EPSRC
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1530 - 1700 Parallel Session

Cross cutting Theme 3: Test protocols, best practice, data management and experimental design

Chair: Prof. Emma Kendrick, Professor of Energy Materials, University of Birmingham
Invited speaker: Dr Gareth Hinds, Science Area Leader in Electrochemistry - National Physical Laboratory, Metrology and Standards for Battery Research

Faraday Institution Speakers:
Dr Alana Zulke, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Multi-scale Modelling - Lancaster University, Simulation of discharge patterns on a commercial high-energy NCA/Si-Gr battery: caveats of using the DFN modelling framework
Dr Sachin Kansal, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, ReLiB - University of Birmingham, Design and development of framework for disassembly of electrical vehicles batteries using coordinated dual-arm robot with multi-tools
Prof. David Howey, Co-Investigator, Multi-scale Modelling - University of Oxford, Data-driven battery health diagnosis in real-world applications

Across the Faraday Institution programme there are a vast array of experimental techniques being employed, from materials crystallography characterisation to electrochemical testing. These, and ongoing extensive modelling activities require robust data to support validation. This session will explore the importance of the development of relevant performance metrics, the need for base-line experimentation to derive state-of-the-art, the need for having robust standards and test methodologies and the efficient management of data. The session will also explore how having shared knowhow, common techniques and best practice across the research programme allows analysis of data, correlations and learning in ways previously not possible.
Link to session on Slack conference platform

0900 - 0940

Keynote

Keynote speech by Dr Peter Lamp, General Manager, Research Battery Technology - BMW, Perspectives and challenges of next-gen automotive batteries
Link to session on Slack conference platform

0940 - 1020

Project spotlight: Characterisation

Chair: Prof. Rob Hillman, Member of the Faraday Institution Characterisation Project Steering Committee -  University of Leicester

Prof. Nigel Browning, Principal Investigator- Imaging Dynamic Electrochemical Interfaces - University of Liverpool

Dr Siân Dutton , Principal Investigator, Optical Microscopies - University of Cambridge

Prof. Robert Weatherup, Principal Investigator - Probing Buried Interfaces in Working Batteries - University of Oxford
Link to session on Slack conference platform

1020 - 1100

Break, posters and exhibition

Engage on Slack with poster presenters and exhibitors, or view videos and posters on the on the conference website. Note, the Slack links take you to one of the SIX poster channels, and one of the TWO exhibition channels.

The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channels linked above.

1100 - 1230 Parallel Session

Cross cutting Theme 2: Scale-Up of materials and processes

Chair: Dr James Cookson, Research Manager, Johnson Matthey

Invited speaker: Prof. Yang-Kook Sun, Department of Energy Engineering - Hanyang University, Korea, A new series of Ni-rich layered cathodes for next generation electric vehicles

Invited speaker: Ahmad Mohsseni, Chief Technology Officer, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Challenges in setting up a lithium ion manufacturing facility in the UK as a green field project

Faraday Institution Speakers:
Prof. Jawwad Darr, Co-Investigator, Degradation – UCL, Introducing a New Generic Approach to the Discovery and Scale up of Battery Electrodes and Solid-State Electrolytes
Dr Denis Cumming, Project Leader, Nextrode - University of Sheffield, Scaling up cell fabrication in a multi-institutional academic setting: challenges and outlook

There are significant challenges in scaling energy storage materials and technologies towards integrated devices and applications, be they chemical, mechanical or electro-chemical, with battery performance being heavily dictated by the way in which they are fabricated. This session will explore how Faraday Institution researchers are developing the knowledge and understanding to take research outputs to the next level, developing the methodologies and processing capabilities that will be enablers to efficient pathways to commercialisation and recycling. ‘Scale-up’ examples may encompass solving the spectrum of scientific challenges to advance a particular cell chemistry (and its components – including electrolytes) from coin cell to pouch cell, through to advanced deposition techniques and novel, structured composite electrode fabrication; all with a view to improved electrochemical performance and manufacturability.
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1100 - 1230 Parallel Session

Cross cutting Theme 4: Facilities/capability building and characterisation techniques

Chair: Dr Siân Dutton, Principal Investigator - Optical Microscopies Characterisation Project - University of Cambridge

Speakers:

Dr Ermanno Miele, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Degradation - University of Cambridge, In operando real-time Raman analysis of Li:ion batteries with hollow-core optical fibres

Dr Ivan Korotkin, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Multi-scale Modelling - University of Southampton, DandeLiion: an extremely fast online solver for a thermally coupled electrochemical model of Li-ion battery (dis)charge

Dr Paul Quinn, Co-Investigator, CATMAT and Characterisation (Liverpool) - Diamond Light Source, Multimodal battery imaging at Diamond – current and future developments

Dr Joshua Gibson, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, Characterisation (Oxford) - University of Oxford, Experimental advancements to aid understanding of the Garnet-type solid electrolyte interface with thin lithium electrodes

Dr Nuria Garcia-Araez, Co-Investigator, Degradation and LiSTAR - University of Southampton, Correlative SEM, EDX and Raman characterisation of batteries

Dr Weixin Song, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, CATMAT - University of Oxford, Understanding of battery materials from atomic resolution using electron ptychography

The UK is well equipped and well placed with expertise in the field of characterisation techniques applicable to analysis of energy storage materials chemistry and systems, from lab-based techniques through to large scale national user facilities. Faraday Institution researchers are combining existing capabilities with the development of novel characterisation tools and techniques and applying techniques from other fields to answer battery chemistry and materials problems. This session will also explore the extensive use of operando and in-situ experimentation and highlight the software, simulation and modelling toolsets being developed as part of the Faraday Institution research programme. This combined capability is allowing an acceleration in the development of the understanding of battery materials and design engineering and is an enabler for scientific breakthroughs that will ultimately improve the performance of electric vehicles.
Link to session on Slack conference platform

1230 - 1330

Break, posters and exhibition

Engage on Slack with poster presenters and exhibitors, or view videos and posters on the on the conference website. Note, the Slack links take you to one of the SIX poster channels, and one of the TWO exhibition channels.

The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channels linked above.

1350 - 1430

Keynote

Keynote speech by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
Link to session on Slack conference platform

1410 - 1510

Break, posters and exhibition

Engage on Slack with poster presenters and exhibitors, or view videos and posters on the on the conference website. Note, the Slack links take you to one of the SIX poster channels, and one of the TWO exhibition channels.

The website pages are password protected. Login credentials are available from the Slack channels linked above.

1510 - 1610

Pathways to Commercialisation and early Faraday Institution Successes

Chair: Ian Ellerington, Head of Technology Transfer, Faraday Institution

Invited Speaker: Dr Jerry Barker, CTO, Faradion, Overcoming challenges to battery commercialisation

With flash talks from:

Dr Alastair Hales, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, TOPBAT Industry Sprint, Imperial College London

Prof Nicole Grobert, Royal Society Industry Fellow at Williams Advanced Engineering, Williams Industry Sprint, University of Oxford

Dr Sai Shivareddy, CEO, CB2 Tech, partnering with Coventry University on a Faraday Institution Industry Fellowship

Dr Edward Brightman, Principal Investigator, FDCO-funded project on batteries for emerging economies, University of Strathclyde

Tom Cleaver, Cofounder and CEO Cognition Energy and Faraday Institution Entrepreneurial Fellow

Anna Wise, Head of Battery Technology, UK Research and Innovation
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1610 - 1640

Closing remarks

Pam Thomas, CEO, Faraday Institution

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The Faraday Institution community

Faraday Institution is fundamentally changing the model of how application-inspired research is carried out. We have brought together 450 academics from 22 universities—scientists and engineers from fields as wide-ranging as electrochemistry, physics, maths, computer science, biology, law and mechanical engineering—to collaborate with one another and our industrial partners. These actively managed, coordinated, multidisciplinary research teams work quickly and at scale.

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Our place in the Faraday Battery Challenge

The UK Government has entrusted the Faraday Institution as a key delivery partner for the Faraday Battery Challenge to bring forward bold and transformational change in mission-inspired energy storage research. Funded through EPSRC-UKRI, the Faraday Institution serves as the UK’s flagship battery research programme to build and manage focused, substantial and impactful research projects in areas of fundamental science and engineering that have significant commercial relevance and potential.