Women in STEM: Batteries for Energy Storage, hosted by RSC NuTNEC

3 December 2020 19:30-21:00, United Kingdom

This webinar is part of the Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) series of lectures, talks and panels organised jointly by the Lit and Phil, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Women’s Engineering Society, Palace of Science, the Institute of Physics, and the Institution of Civil Engineers. The aim of these events is to celebrate the amazing work done by women in their area of STEM. This event is hosted by RSC Newcastle upon Tyne and North East Coast Local Section.

The speaker for this event will be Serena Corr, who is Professor and Chair in Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Sheffield, a joint appointment between the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of functional nanomaterials in particular for applications in energy storage and the environment, with an emphasis on understanding their intimate structure-property interplay. She is committed to ECR mentoring, promotion of women in science and public outreach activities, with more than 15 years’ experience in nanostructured materials development.

Her talk will focus on the challenges associated with using batteries for energy storage in a world which must move toward carbon neutrality, but where the resources to do so are limited. In particular, she will discuss all solid-state batteries as highly promising opportunities for safer energy storage. Ceramic electrolytes may overcome some of the limitations of organic polymer electrolytes, where safety concerns limit the electrochemical stability window, to provide a way to increase energy densities in a safe manner. However, resistance to ion mobility across the solid-solid electrode-electrolyte interface remains a bottle-neck to be overcome in realising this technology. Serena will present some of her group’s recent efforts in overcoming these challenges and discuss recent developments in how lithium diffusion properties can be assessed, particularly the use of muon spectroscopy.

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