ReLiB: The Reuse and Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries with application toward electronic vehicles

Dana Thompson recently started her PhD in the Materials Centre at the University of Leicester as part of the Faraday Institution project, ReLiB (Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries). ReLiB is a very exciting project involving over 50 researchers from 8 institutions across the UK. The overall goal of the project is to develop a lithium ion battery recycling industry in the UK. Her role within the project is to investigate the properties of the battery materials and to develop a catalytic method to split the materials into their individual components.

In November she attended her first conference in Daventry where she presented work on the mechanical and optical characterisation of unwetted lithium ion electrodes. She also spent an afternoon at Williams Advanced Engineering looking at some of the diverse applications of lithium ion batteries and we got an insight into the power units of Formula E vehicles.

Dana has also visited Newcastle University with the Faraday PhD Cluster for a 5-day course on battery safety, learning how to isolate a Nissan Leaf. The group also visited Hyperdrive, a battery supplier for electric vehicles and learnt about charging protocols. On our final day we went around the production line at the Nissan factory.

ReLiB: The Reuse and Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries with application toward electronic vehicles

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