Imperial College London

Dr Laura Bravo Diaz

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate







409City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am an enthusiastic researcher with a strong interest in sustainable energy, alternative fuels and novel energy materials and their application in energy conversion and storage. I have always had a strong passion for energy research and I believe wholeheartedly that it is our duty as scientists and engineers to try to further the progress of our wider society. 

Prior to joining Imperial College London, I worked as a research fellow in hydrogen storage technologies for the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre and earned my PhD at University of Glasgow. Since 2018, my research work has focused on the thermal management and safety aspects of lithium-ion cells. I am currently managing the technical activities of “BATMAN” at Imperial College London (ICL), a 2.8 million £ project funded by Innovate UK under the Faraday Challenge.

I am now building upon my research, identifying new approaches for battery testing and evaluating thermal management strategies and their effect on degradation.



Edge JS, O'Kane S, Prosser R, et al., 2021, Lithium ion battery degradation: what you need to know, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:23, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:8200-8221

Hales A, Prosser R, Diaz LB, et al., 2020, The Cell Cooling Coefficient as a design tool to optimise thermal management of lithium-ion cells in battery packs, Etransportation, Vol:6, ISSN:2590-1168

Bravo Diaz L, He X, Hu Z, et al., 2020, Review—meta-review of fire safety of lithium-ion batteries: industry challenges and research contributions, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:167, ISSN:0013-4651, Pages:1-14

Offer G, Patel Y, Hales A, et al., 2020, Cool metric for lithium-ion batteries could spur progress, Nature, Vol:582, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:485-487

Hales A, Marzook MW, Bravo Diaz L, et al., 2020, The surface cell cooling coefficient: a standard to define heat rejection from lithium ion battery pouch cells, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:167, ISSN:0013-4651

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