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Batteries Not Included

Past event - 2016
25 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
The Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James Street,
London WC1N 3ES
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Join us to hear about the latest research exploring phone battery degradation and how we can learn from nature to develop self-adaptive materials!

During the event there will be a pub quiz and special Pint of Science goodies to be won!

This event will be held on the first floor.

Lithium-ion Batteries: A Peek Inside Your Smartphone

Donal Finegan (PhD student, Electrochemical Innovation Laboratory)
Würzburg, 1885; in a cold dark laboratory Anna Bertha gasped when she saw an image showing the bone structure of her own hand. Her husband, Wilhem Rӧntgen, had just produced the world’s first radiograph. Over 130 years later, X-ray imaging continues to break boundaries. Today we use state-of-the-art X-ray systems, synchrotrons, to explore the fundamental causes of degradation and failure of lithium-ion batteries. From hours to fractions of a second, the events which lead to catastrophic failures of phone batteries in the blink of an eye are revealed in a new light.

Self-adaptive and self-healing materials inspired by nature

Dr Ayomi Perera (Post-doctoral Researcher, Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering)
Nature consists of a plethora of information on how to design functional materials in an energy efficient manner. Our aim is to learn from this wisdom to create useful materials with enhanced and new capabilities. Instead of mimicking nature, we study mechanisms of action and intricate structural details found in nature in order to develop functional materials. Inspired by features of bacterial colonies, insect exoskeletons and nacre, we strive to develop materials with desirable properties such as self-adaptation, self-healing ability and robustness combined with flexibility.