Elizabeth (Lizzie) Driscoll is currently a doctoral researcher within chemistry at the University of Birmingham, UK, supervised by Professor Peter Slater. She is working towards the thesis title of novel electrode materials for lithium- and sodium-ion batteries. Prior to this position, Lizzie completed her undergraduate studies at Birmingham, which included an industrial placement at Oxford PV Ltd. The final years of her undergraduate study were pivotal in Lizzie's move into solid state and the energy research sector.
Lizzie is passionate about solid state chemistry and inspiring the next generation of material/battery researchers. She has produced a series of resources to aid the understanding of Li-ion battery technology in a fun and informative way, the first being the RSC IYPT 2019-funded Lithium Shuffle Project, where a short video was produced to show how this type of battery operates with a human-sized demonstration. Her recent engagement work has made use of 'battery Jenga', where a modified tower block game set has been modified to represent a Li-ion battery. This demonstration provides a simple model for students to understand how this type of battery operates, how rate of charge is important and why materials degrade overtime (the resources were also made tactile for students with visual impairment to use).
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lizzie has maintained the momentum of this work with a series of lectures, teacher training sessions, as well as her involvement in the CoCoMAD20 festival, where 100 battery Jenga sets were delivered to a local school. With her passion for solid state chemistry, Lizzie has also led the organisation of the RSC Solid State Interest Group’s early career researcher event, with an amazing committee of PhDs and a postdoc. The event successfully showcased the work within the community and is expected to run again this year.