Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Chemistry

Abstract

The Centre of Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES) is a partnership between four UK universities, Cambridge, Newcastle, Queen Mary and University College London, focused on the development of advanced materials for energy conversion and energy storage based on solid-state, higher voltage, and flow batteries, solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), CO2 gas separation membranes, hybrid thin film photovoltaics (PVs) and large-area thermoelectrics for future renewable and clean energy systems. The overarching goal of CAM-IES it to help build a UK-wide community of cross-disciplinary materials researchers focused on energy applications. We target off-grid/grid-tied applications, large-/grid-scale centralised energy generation and storage and energy solutions for mobile internet communication technologies.

CAM-IES will provide a forum for scientific collaboration and exchange as well as access to state-of-the art characterisation and growth equipment to the wider UK energy materials community, in particular the unique facilities of the Sir Henry Royce Institute currently being installed in Cambridge. We exploit currently unexplored synergies between these different energy fields, and combine fundamental energy materials research aimed at making significant scientific breakthroughs, including, discovery of new materials, understanding and controlling interfaces, novel integrated device concepts, achieving enhanced device performances, all with strong industry engagement. The latter will include early shaping workshops with industrial partners to identify requirements for materials in specific applications and the establishment of effective methods for evaluating new materials discoveries for industrial scale-up.

The research programmes are focused around six work packages (WPs), aimed at addressing key scientific challenges for each of the devices, e.g., ionic transport across interfaces in solid state batteries and SOFCs membranes, increased efficiency in PVs, and methods for self-assembly in thermoelectrics. WP6 directly attacks the challenges associated with the integration of new materials into working devices and optimising their performance. An overarching theme is to pioneer new metrologies to characterise interfaces under operando conditions, including NMR, magnetic resonance imaging and transmission electron microscopy and pulsed isotope exchange methods. Integration of different devices is enabled by the development of a bespoke tool to enable the controlled deposition and integration of a wide range of low-temperature battery, SOFC, solar cell and thermoelectric materials in a common, inert processing environment. The scope of the work and academic/industrial participation with be expanded via three flexible funding calls, with topics including emerging new research areas, industry driven/partnered, and materials integration research.

We will provide UK academia and businesses with a forum for knowledge exchange and collaboration, coupled with access to world-class facilities to accelerate new concepts to commercial reality. The development of strong modes of collaborative working and networking between individual EPSRC Centres for Advanced Materials for Energy Generation and Transmission, together with our University partners, industry and stakeholder groups, is an important goal. A series of high visibility symposia and workshops involving all the stakeholders, to identify synergies between the EPSRC Advanced Materials Centres and key industry challenges, to disseminate research findings to the community and to train users on CAM-IES facilities, is a key strategy to identify and engage users and disseminate results. We will provide support for students and PDRAs from outside the 4 original partner universities to attend these events and use CAM-IES equipment. Strategic advice to Centre will be provided by a broad and highly experienced, international advisory board from industry and academia.

Planned Impact

As outlined in detail in the Case for Support and Pathways to Impact statement in all of the five energy applications (solid-state and redox-flow batteries, solid-oxide fuel cells, membranes for gas separation, high efficiency photovoltaics and solar thermoelectric generators) we are aiming to achieve significant breakthroughs in terms of discovery of new materials with increased performance and novel device concepts. Since all technologies pursued have the potential of making significant contributions to reducing CO2 emissions on a timescale of 5-10 years, there are very clear potential societal benefits beyond immediate economic impacts.

The research will lead to fundamental intellectual property which will be protected and exploited following well-established technology transfer processes at the participating Universities using the services provided by their respective technology transfer offices (TTOs). We have a strong network of industrial partners affiliated with the Centre (as evidenced in the letters of support). These companies will directly benefit from the research results and will be natural exploitation pathways. However, these are not exclusive relationships and we will actively seek to engage a wider range of industrial partners through our programme of targeted workshops and symposia. The Centre will contribute to making the UK a world-leader in advanced materials for clean, renewable energy systems.
Our impact strategy recognises that some of our results, perhaps the most valuable and disruptive ones in the long term, will not fit within a simple linear technology transfer model as they will be at a low technology readiness level, requiring significant further research and development resources to establish commercial viability. We recognise, in particular, the crucial role played by the High Value Manufacturing and the Energy Systems Catapult in bridging between fundamental materials research and industrial development, and we intend to intensify our collaborations with both Catapults and will provide them with new materials technologies for scale-up and prototyping.

A key impact of CAM-IES will be to link the UK-wide community of cross-disciplinary materials researchers focused on energy applications and provide UK academia and businesses with a forum for knowledge exchange and collaboration. The Centre sits at a very interesting and important interface between key strategic initiatives, such as the Supergen hubs in Energy Storage, Solar Power and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, that are currently not well connected and where we see significant potential for better exploiting synergies. The Centre will facilitate access to world-class facilities to the wider UK energy materials community, including, in particular, facilitated access to a £10 million capital investment in energy materials' characterisation and processing equipment that is part of Cambridge's participation in the Sir Henry Royce Institute. Recognising that significant progress requires sustained funding for research and development at multiple TR levels, the Centre will provide a platform from which to apply for future funding, to increase impact across the board in these strategic areas.

Further benefits achieved from the Centre will be the training of researchers. The Centre will develop the careers of at least 9 directly funded postdocs and at least 14 affiliated PhD students and provide them with unique multidisciplinary skills in energy science and technology. Outreach activities to the general public will also have a high profile. All investigators have strong track records in public engagement and outreach to young people and the general public and will continue to inspire the public at an influential level on energy related societal challenges and opportunities.

Publications

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Burton MR (2018) Thin Film Tin Selenide (SnSe) Thermoelectric Generators Exhibiting Ultralow Thermal Conductivity. in Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)

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Fallon KJ (2019) Exploiting Excited-State Aromaticity To Design Highly Stable Singlet Fission Materials. in Journal of the American Chemical Society

 
Description COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT
Formation of a UK-wide network of interdisciplinary researchers in the energy materials research space, through lab visits, workshops, webinars, career development events
Provision of Flexible Funding to early career academic researchers to undertake year-long research projects to solve key challenges in energy materials (development of materials for redox flow batteries, low-carbon methods of hydrogen generation, thermoelectric generators, and solid-state battery materials development).
Provision of funding for access to cutting-edge equipment for early career researchers to undertake key projects in the energy materials research space

SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
New NMR method developed for redox flow batteries
Design of new cathodes based on solid-solid interfacial effects in vertically-aligned nanostructures for use in cathode material for SOFCs and for solid-state batteries
Development of micro-SOFC devices to provide energy-efficient portable power for small electronic devices, a high-value-added market, allowing much faster recharging times than conventional batteries
Development of non-volatile memory for future computing for AI, IoT, and Big Data, using films undergoing ionic transport
Development of chemical looping process applied to the water-gas shift reaction (carbon monoxide plus water to produce hydrogen and carbon dioxide), to create a pure hydrogen product stream and a pure carbon dioxide product stream
Development of singlet fission chromophores with exceptional stability and tuneability for high-efficiency hybrid photovoltaic systems
Demonstration of compositionally graded organic-inorganic nanocomposite thermoelectric generators fabricated via low-cost aerosol jet-printing, with high power factor and enhanced energy harvesting capability from low-grade waste heat (<100 °C)
Exploitation Route We are currently exploring the next stage of funding, and have submitted a Big Idea to EPSRC on the fundamental science required to hit the UK's Zero Carbon 2050 policy.
Two spin-out companies have resulted
Flexible funding has been used to support - in particular - ECRs in the field.
We have supported the establishment of the Redox Flow Battery Network in the UK
We have supported the international nanogenerators and piezotronics community through the NGPT2020 Conference, held in Cambridge
Sectors Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport

URL https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/new-tools-show-a-way-forward-for-large-scale-storage-of-renewable-energy
 
Description SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE CAM-IES projects, along with research efforts in collaboration with the wider UK energy materials community, have resulted in progress in the following scientific areas: 1. Rapid developments in atomistic characterisation and growth of disordered/dynamic interfaces, to understand and control the structure of materials for energy applications. 2. Improvements in the design of materials that can withstand non-equilibrium operational environments, through bottom-up control of how each atom/ion moves under different conditions, such as electrochemical potential, illumination, temperature or gas pressure change. 3. Recent discoveries of defect-tolerant materials/interfaces, to enable disruptive and transformative impact on energy materials device performance. NETWORKING AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT 1. CAM-IES has developed strong modes of collaborative working and networking by identifying synergies and overlaps between different research topics within the energy materials space, resulting in new cross-cutting projects that span materials systems for solar, electronics, batteries, fuel cells and related energy applications. 2. CAM-IES has created a thriving and diverse UK community of researchers, focused on a broad range of materials for integrated energy systems, as well as fostered industry collaboration and knowledge exchange, which have resulted in the development of new research directions and ideas for energy technologies 3. CAM-IES has provided significant access to state-of-the-art equipment for the wider community, for energy materials deposition, characterization and testing, that in particular has benefitted early career researchers to gain further funding to accelerate research into new concepts and technologies. FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES 1. Two spin out companies have been formed, three patents have been filed, and generated IP has been licensed to companies. 2. Research has contributed to understanding the fundamental science needed to achieve the UK's Zero Carbon 2050 initiative. While we seek to encapsulate this via a "Big Idea" submitted to EPSRC, we are currently working with policy makers and scientific institutions to help define the science e.g. Faraday Institution, Royal Society. This is ongoing.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Electronics,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Contribution to Royal Society Policy Documents
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Presentation to an All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group event
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Helped shape grid storage policy.
 
Title Small research facility for thermoelectric characterisation 
Description With support from the grant we have maintained and optimized a measurement system for characterising thermoelectric materials that is part of the Henry Royce Institute @ Cambridge. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The optimized measurement protocols and methods that allow more accurate measurements of thermoelectric coefficients are being made available to all users of this facility. 
 
Title Use of superresolution and novel imaging techniques to investigate energy materials 
Description Super-resolution can be used to probe optoelectronic materials directly without the need of high-resolution imaging techniques e.g. single molecule imaging. It has been used extensively in the biomedical field but only recently applied to device and materials structures for novel energy applications. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Ongoing development of the technique is underway with publications in preparation 
 
Title Dataset supporting "Fully Printed Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposites for Flexible Thermoelectric Applications" 
Description This data is collected from the labs of Device Materials Group, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, in which the measurements were taken between October 2016 to March 2018. The data contains the EDX spectra, XRD pattern, thermoelectric properties measurements, flexing test measurements, and sample dimension measurements. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Research data supporting "Compositionally graded organic-inorganic nanocomposites for enhanced thermoelectric performance" 
Description This data is collected from the labs of Device Materials Group, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, in which the measurements were taken between June 2018 to July 2019. The data contains the temperature-dependent thermoelectric properties measurements as well as output voltage and power measurements. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Research data supporting "Investigation of the effect of microstructural changes on thermal transport in semicrystalline polymer semiconductors" 
Description This dataset contains Matlab figures corresponding to the figures in the article as well as instructions on how to extract specific data from these figures in Matlab environment. The data was obtained using Linseis Thin Film Analyser in August - November 2018 by Ekaterina Selezneva at the University of Cambridge within EPSRC CAM-IES project, Grant No. EP/P007767/1. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description Applied Materials support of PDRA 
Organisation Applied Materials
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Applied Materials Inc supported a PDRA for research into novel oxide ceramic materials for solid-state batteries
Collaborator Contribution Dr Connie Wang, R&D Director at Applied Materials, has visited CAM-IES on numerous occasions as a member of the grant's Advisory Board, and to take part in workshops and industry discussions.
Impact Continued collaboration with Applied Materials on numerous battery-related topics
Start Year 2017
 
Description Dr Ainara Aguadero, Imperial College 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided samples and helped analyse results
Collaborator Contribution Surface chemical characterization of LCSF thin films.
Impact Paper being written
Start Year 2019
 
Description In-kind support from Cambridge Display Technology 
Organisation Cambridge Display Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange between CDT and the co-investigators on a range of topics including large-area deposition techniques, hybrid optoelectronic materials for display technologies, thermoelectric materials for IoT and sensors
Collaborator Contribution CDT have contributed financially towards a workshop, offered materials support for key projects related to sensors and more recently solid-state batteries, knowledge exchange with CAM-IES communities through participation in networking events.
Impact Collaboration is ongoing, with outcomes likely at the end of the grant
Start Year 2017
 
Description In-kind support from Eight19 
Organisation Eight19
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The partnership has involved the development of large-area processes for novel photovoltaic systems
Collaborator Contribution Eight19 has provided extensive contributions to industry discussions, participation in workshops on photovoltaics and thermoelectrics, and have offered usage of their in-house light-soaking test facilities to members of CAM-IES.
Impact The knowledge exchange from this partnership led to the licensing of a patent to Eight19 from the University of Cambridge, and the new research directions that were explored led to the formation of a new spin-out company, Cambridge Photon Technology in 2019.
Start Year 2017
 
Description In-kind support from Johnson Matthey 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The partnership has involved the development of materials for redox flow batteries and related energy storage systems
Collaborator Contribution Johnson Matthey have provided in-kind support through laboratory visits between PDRAs and JM laboratories, participation at workshops and networking events, and as members of an expert review panel for a flexible funding call for projects to develop materials for redox flow batteries.
Impact Collaboration is ongoing with impact known after the grant ends
Start Year 2017
 
Description In-kind support from NPL 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Support from NPL allowed collaborations into properties of organic materals for hybrid optoelectronic and thermoelectric applications
Collaborator Contribution NPL provided in-kind support through knowledge exchange, laboratory visits, load of equipment, and attendance at conferences, workshops, industry discussion meetings, and other CAM-IES events.
Impact The co-investigators continue ongoing collaborations with NPL
Start Year 2017
 
Description Student support and in-kind support from Dyson 
Organisation Dyson
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A PhD student has investigated materials interfaces in solid-state batteries under this partnership
Collaborator Contribution Dyson have provided funding for a PhD student, as well as in-kind networking, training and other support via engagement with Dr Duncan Smith
Impact Publications and further research will result from this partnership
Start Year 2017
 
Description Support of PDRA by Deregallera 
Organisation Deregallera Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Deregallera supported a PDRA for project work on novel oxide materials for efficient energy storage applications
Collaborator Contribution Deregallera provided financial support to CAM-IES through its founder, Martin Boughtwood.
Impact Deregallera continues to be involved in oxide research through CAM-IES co-investigators
Start Year 2017
 
Title PHOTON MULTIPLIER FILM 
Description There is provided a ternary photon multiplier film. The photon multiplier film comprises an organic semiconductor material capable of multiple exciton generation and a luminescent material in a host material, wherein the bandgap of the luminescent material is selected such that the triplet excitons formed as a result from the multiple exciton generation in the organic semiconductor can be energy transferred into the luminescent material. 
IP Reference WO2018189527 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2018
Licensed Yes
Impact Licensing to Eight19, a startup developing photovoltaics and thermoelectric materials for large-area low-energy electronic applications
 
Title SCALABLE MULTI-LEVEL POWER CONVERTER 
Description A multilevel power converter, or inverter, for converting a direct current electrical power to an alternating current electrical power includes one or more 2-level converters each including gallium nitride (GaN) transistors configured to switch two input lines to a three-phase output line. The multilevel power converter may be used in a motor drive circuit, which may provide a 3-phase AC supply. Two power converters, which may be 2-level or 3-level power converters, may be alternately switched to provide the AC power to an AC motor by an output stage including bi-directional switching transistors configured to switch a corresponding three-phase output lines from the multilevel power converters. The multilevel power converters switch input lines from a neutral-point clamped input stage including capacitors connected in series across input terminals having a DC voltage therebetween to energize a midpoint terminal with an intermediate voltage half of the voltage between the input terminals. 
IP Reference WO2019236861 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed No
Impact Development through further funding, with view to forming spin-out company and demonstrator design
 
Company Name CAMBRIDGE PHOTON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED 
Description Cambridge Photon Technology provides the simplest, lowest cost way to a significant increase in power from solar photovoltaic modules. Incorporated within a module, our Photon Multiplier Film uses advanced nanotechnology to split each incoming blue and green photon into two infra-red photons. This allows the silicon cell to capture energy that would otherwise be lost, and substantially increases its power output. 
Year Established 2019 
Impact 1. Better performance Up to 20% more power Lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE) Insensitive to changes in solar spectrum colour during the day 2. Ease of integration Compatible with existing module manufacturing processes Little or no additional capital cost No new electrical connections in module 3. Future-proofing Works with all silicon cell variants Generates more value as underlying cell efficiency increases
Website https://www.cambridgephoton.com/
 
Company Name CHROMOSOL LIMITED 
Description Silicon Photonics is the future of high speed data networks. Although virtually all long distance data transfer is sent at the speed of light down optical fibres, the technology required to do this is too expensive for many shorter distance links. As such datacentres, which currently consume about 3% of the world's electricity generation and are responsible for around 2% of all greenhouse gas emissions, are forced to rely on electrical connections for much short range data transfer, an energy intensive process which also provides a bottleneck in the data transfer rate. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact Chromosol has developed a new range of laser materials derived from novel chemistry which can be deposited directly onto photonic integrated circuits (PICs) in order to allow the integration of lasers and provide distributed gain to allow low power, low cost and higher speed data connections.
Website https://www.chromosol.com/
 
Description AIP Horizons/CAM-IES Conference: Interfaces in Energy Materials, April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The AIP Horizons/CAM-IES Conference: Interfaces in Energy Materials was jointly funded by CAM-IES and the American Institution of Physics. There were 150 attendees from international academic groups, and industry, with plenary, invited and contributed talks from international speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Announcement of funding call at RFB Network Forum meeting at Manchester Matropolitan University, 26 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Clare Grey gave a talk to announce the launch of the CAM-IES 2017 funding call for short projects on any aspect of redox flow batteries. The majority of the UK redox flow community were in attendance at the RFB Network meeting, do the advertisement of the call reached many potential participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CAM-IES Autumn Early Career Workshop, QMUL, September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The CAM-IES Winter Early Career Workshop was attended by 70 students and postdocs, and featured talks, posters and networking opportunities. Student speakers and poster-presenters from outside London were funded to travel to the event to encourage wider participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CAM-IES Early Career Synergy Workshop: Super-Resolution and Novel Imaging of Energy Materials, November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The "CAM-IES Early Career Synergy Workshop: Super-Resolution and Novel Imaging of Energy Materials" was attended by 90 people, and was organised by early career lecturers. This event involved researchers in interdisciplinary areas to explore common research challenges that could be investigated by novel optical studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CAM-IES Early Career Workshop 2019 3 September 2019, Queen Mary University of London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The CAM-IES 2019 Early Career Workshop was designed and presented by early career researchers including PhD students, postdocs, research fellows and new lecturers. It featured a morning of technical talks by early career researchers on interfacial characterisation in energy materials. The afternoon featured career development talks and discussion groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CAM-IES Industry Workshop 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This event was attended by 80 people. It involved talks, posters and a networking reception, had the aims of (1) showcasing recent academic-industry collaborations within CAM-IES, (2) introducing new industry collaborators to the CAM-IES community, and (3) informing the community about new spin-out companies generated through CAM-IES activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CAM-IES Industry Workshop on Energy Harvesting for Sensors and IoT 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The CAM-IES Industry Workshop was attended by 120 people and featured talks from industry and academia, on a range of energy harvesting materials and topics for IoT and sensor applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CAM-IES Launch Workshop, May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The first event of the CAM-IES grant was the Launch Workshop, featuring introductory talks on interface phenomena in a range of energy systems. Audience makeup was 25 % industry, 75 % academic, and included an Industry Forum over lunch to propose synergistic activities with industry partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CAM-IES Winter Symposium: Interfaces in Photovoltaics and Thermoelectrics, November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The CAM-IES Symposium on Interfaces in Photovoltaics and Thermoelectrics featured international speakers and industry participants, and was attended by 85 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CAM-IES Workshop on Operando and In Situ Characterisation 11 July 2019, Diamond Light Source Synchrotron Facility, Oxfordshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CAM-IES Workshop on Operando and In Situ Characterisation was held on 11 July 2019 at the Diamond Light Source Synchrotron Facility, Oxfordshire. It was attended by 115 people and featured talks and discussion groups related to in situ diffraction and imaging experiments. The workshop led to numerous new interactions, and will be repeated in 2020 due to high demand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CAM-IES Workshop: Multi-Modal Characterisation of Energy Materials 6 November 2019, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The CAM-IES Workshop on Multi-Modal Characterisation of Energy Materials was attended by 90 people, and featured talks from international speakers, as well as students and postdoctoral researchers on novel characterisation methods for investigating interfaces in energy materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CAM-IES symposium on Photovoltaics and Thermoelectrics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of the workshop was to bring together the photovoltaic and energy harvesting communities, featuring talks relevant to both themes. Discussion sessions enabled both groups to interact. An audience vote was held on the the next workshop topic to be held (industry workshop on the Internet of Things).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Chair of IoT Meeting, 12 April, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Chair of the CAM-IES Industry Workshop on Energy Harvesting for Sensors and IoT, held at Trinity College, Cambridge on 12 April 2018. Talks were given by speakers from ARM, CDT, Perpetuum, Lightricity, wordl-leading companies in IoT and energy harvesting. The workshop was to bring industry and academic researchers together to agree on metrics, performance targets, and how to bring basic research into downstream product development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cam-ies-industry-workshop-on-energy-harvesting-tickets-40779069294
 
Description Chair of student and early career scientist event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Chaired a day of non-technical presentations of research work and impact by early career scientists at "CAM-IES Science Day"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discussion Meeting (Royal Society) on energy materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk and discussion session on "Energy materials for a low carbon future", held at the Royal Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2018/09/low-carbon-future/
 
Description Discussion at UK Redox Flow Network Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion panel at second annual UK Redox Flow Battery Network Meeting, where the research community explored challenges in the field and methods for collaboration to overcome such challenges, increase visibility of the research field, attract further funding, generate commercial ventures etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sites.google.com/view/ukrfbnetwork/home
 
Description Discussion panel at AIP/CAM-IES Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chairing talks and participation in discussion panel at AIP/CAM-IES Conference on Interfaces in Energy Materials, Trinity College Cambridge, 10-12 April 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://horizons.aip.org/energymaterials/
 
Description Early career research talks, CAM-IES Autumn Symposium, QMUL, 21 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Technical workshop for young researchers featuring talks, posters and networking sessions. Delegates joined the CAM-IES UK community of energy materials researchers. Travel bursaries were provided to all students and postdocs outside of the London area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview on BBC World Service programme "Click" (August, 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Was interviewed on BBC World Service programme "Click" (August, 2018) about fast charging of batteries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswhdm
 
Description Interview on Radio 4 Programme "The Life Scientific", March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Was interviewed in "The Life Scientific" Radio 4 Programme on "The Big Battery Challenge", March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tdr0r
 
Description Opened the New Chemistry Building at Lancaster University, October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Opened the New Chemistry Building at Lancaster University, October 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Plenary talk at International Battery Association Meeting, San Diego, March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gave plenary talk at the International Battery Association Meeting, San Diego, March 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://iba-2019.org/
 
Description Presentation to an All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to an All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group event, 'Energy storage and the transition to a low carbon economy', Houses of Parliament, London, July 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/appccg/news/energy-storage-and-transition-low-carbon-economy-summary
 
Description Second Annual Meeting of UK RFB Network, July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CAM-IES hosted the Second Annual UK Redox Flow Battery Network Meeting in Cambridge in July 2018, with 80 participants. This meeting featured talks from network members, industry and discussion sessions for community development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar series at CAM-IES Launch event, 11 May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the CAM-IES launch event (70 delegates), two events were held: (1) a training seminar series was held for postgraduate students and early career postdocs on the subjects of "in situ TEM", "in operando NMR", "modelling and theory of interfaces", "interfacial phenomena in batteries". The attendees form part of the CAM-IES community of energy materials researchers. (2) an industry discussion event to assess the needs of CAM-IES industrial partners, to decide on collaboration strategies, and to foster interactions that may attract further funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Third Annual UK Redox Flow Battery Meeting 12 September 2019, University of Lancaster 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CAM-IES sponsored the Third Annual UK Redox Flow Battery Meeting in September 2019. This was a smaller event than previously with a few key research groups and industry partners in attendance, discussing topics of interest to the redox flow community, and possible sources of further funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description sponsorship of UK RFB Meeting, July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CAM-IES sponsored the Second Meeting of the UK Redox Flow Battery Network held at the Maxwell Centre in Cambridge on 19 July 2018. It was attended by 75 members of the UK redox flow community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018