Our webinars on battery research - ESE Summer Showcase July 2020 

A series of webinars highlighting some of the work we do on Lithium-ion batteries as part of our Summer Showcase 2020. Our current projects include thermal management, optimisation of fast charging, modelling and more.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCt1Z8HIpt9Z9TxKP6nBQzO0AVeaMx5b7


Our new Nature Comment is live! - June 2020

Our Nature Comment on the importance of battery thermal management can be found here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01813-8. We propose the Cell Cooling Coefficient as a metric to aid the design of the next generation of battery packs. Keep it cool!


Release of a new video showcasing some of our latest research - June 2020

We have produced a short animation summarising our recent work on the Cell Cooling Coefficient (a battery design tool) and how thermal management can be improved in the next generation of batteries. The cell cooling coefficient is a metric which can aid the design of the next generation of battery packs and highlight the importance of good thermal management across the battery industry. 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIihRRq7LgU&feature=youtu.be


Ashkan Kavei passed his viva -  16th June 2020

Ashkan successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled ''Development and Characterisation of Advanced Energy Storage Devices for Stationary Applications'' supervised by Prof Nigel Brandon, Dr Billy Wu and Dr Vladimir Yufit. His examiners were Dr Richard Dawson from University of Lancaster and Prof. Klaus Hellgardt  from the Department of Chemical Engineering. Congratulations to Dr Kavei!


Most highly downloaded battery paper - May 2020

Dr Simon O'Kane recent publication "Physical Origin of the Differential Voltage Minimum Associated with Lithium Plating in Li-Ion Batteries" is in top three of the most highly downloaded battery papers in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. Congratulations Simon!

Link: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1149/1945-7111/ab90ac


Askan Kavei won the prize for best pitch at the International Flow Battery Forum (IFBF) 2019 in Lyon - Jul 2019

 Link: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6555081334262374400


Recruiting 1 Research Associate in Battery Materials Characterisation

Please find the full job descriptions here. Deadlines are March 12, 2018. The RA would be joining a team who are currently developing a novel isotopic technique for quantifying the solid-state diffusivity and liquid-solid interfacial exchange coefficients for a range of electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries.


Recruiting 5 Research Associates to work on the Faraday Multi-Scale Modelling of Lithium Ion Batteries

Please find the full job descriptions here. Deadlines are March 20, 2018. The projects are part of the recently announced >£10M Faraday Institution project on Multi-Scale Modelling of Lithium Ion Batteries. This is a collaboration between 22 academics across 7 Universities in the UK.


Recruiting 7 new positions in Battery Modelling, Battery Testing & Systems Engineering

Please find the full job descriptions here. Deadlines are January 21, 2018. These projects are to work with industry on six different Innovate UK projects.


Max Naylor-Marlow stars in BBC Click

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b096vm07/click-batteries-included  


Dr Monica Marinescu appointed lecturer in Mechanical Engineering - October 2017

Dr Monica Marinescu is appointed lecturer in the department of mechanical engineering at Imperial College London, and extends the group to 6 academic groups working together.


Nigel, Greg & Billy help found new national battery research centre the Faraday Battery Institute

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/administration/energyfutureslab/newssummary/news_3-10-2017-10-23-9


Video showcasing some of our latest research

Surface cooling vs Tab Cooling in Lithium-Ion Cells

Explaining how thermal management systems can affect degradation of lithium ion batteries.
Explaining how thermal management systems can affect degradation of lithium ion batteries.
  
 
 

Summer Science Exhibition 2017 @ The Royal Society

Billy, Xinhua and Sam took the electrospinning rig to the Royal Society in July to wow the public with nanofibers, as well as explaining the state-of-the-art in additive manufacturing techniques.


Dr Sam Cooper appointed lecturer in School of Design Engineering - April 2017

Dr Sam Cooper is appointed lecturer in the school of design engineering at Imperial College London, and extends the group to 5 academic groups working together.


Imperial Racing Green's Fuel Cell Shell Eco-Marathon Vehicle Powers into Competition - 2nd July 2016

Imperial Racing Green is a student-led project aimed at designing, making and racing zero-emission vehicles. In it's inaugural year in London, Imperial Racing Green entered a hydrogen fuel cell-supercapacitor passive hybrid vehicle based on the patent filed by the group. Supported by Bramble Energy, the Energy Futures Lab and group members Dr. Billy Wu, Dr. Greg Offer, Ashkan Kavai and Max Naylor-Marlow, the students powered past scrutineering onto the track. Along the way Dr. Billy Wu and Max Naylor-Marlow appeared on London Live talking about the vehicle. Watch this space for IRG's 2017 entry into the competition. 


Fuel cell band wins 2nd place at the engineering impact awards - 2nd Nov 2015

Fuel cell powered band at Imperial Festival

Fuel cell powered band at Imperial Festival
Fuel cell powered band at Imperial Festival

Dr. Billy Wu and Dr. Michael Parkes attended the National Instruments Engineering Impact awards held at the Royal Academy of Engineering where their submission: Zero Emission Music: A Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Band, won 2nd place. The student build fuel cell generator was used at a number of public engagement events to highlight zero-emission power generation with notable outing including powering part of the BBC 5Live radio studios during their energy day where they appeared on BBC Breakfast news and Blue Peter (winning the prestigious Green Blue Peter Badge). The fuel cell generator has also featured at the Imperial Festival powering a zero-emission band. 


Dr Billy Wu appointed lecturer in School of Design Engineering - 1st Jan 2015

Dr Billy Wu, PhD student (2010-2013), Postdoc (2013-2014) is appointed lecturer in the new school of design engineering at Imperial College London, and extends the group to span 3 departments with 4 academic groups working together.


Christoph Mazur & Christopher Emmott are Commended in the Global Sustainability Film Awards - 8th Dec 2014

This movie was created by Christopher Emmott and Christoph Mazur (EES group PhD candidate), supported by the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London. The original two part documentary film, is available at http://poweringthetopoftheworld.wordpress.com/