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It's A Material World

Please note this event occurs on the first floor and has no step free access access. Over 18s only.
20 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
Angel Microbrewery, 7 Stoney Street,
Nottingham NG1 1LG
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As the Earth’s population increases, modern society is becoming more and more heavily dependent on the development of new, advanced materials. This May, come and join us as we learn about the cutting-edge materials research happening right here in Nottingham. Advanced battery technology, cigarette butts as hydrogen storage materials and clean polymer synthesis using supercritical fluids are all topics that we will delve into in our “It’s a Material World” evening!

Are Plastics Good For You?

Steve Howdle (Head of School of Chemistry)
@uonhowdlegroup
Can we live without plastics? A lot of the current publicity looks very negative, and there are certainly problems. There seems to be waste everywhere and micro-plastics are becoming a big problem. How did we get to this position? What can we as a society do? What are scientists and engineers doing? Our research focuses on sustainable chemistry and finding clean ways to make plastics and even to develop new materials from Nature that could degrade safely.
Steve is also the singer in a rock band (@ramshackle_men) and plays football in the East Midlands Veteran League (Beeston Old Boys FC).
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Energy From the Butt End: Transforming Discarded Cigarette Butts to High Performing Hydrogen Storage Materials

Troy Blankenship (Ph.D. Student)
Discarded cigarette butts are a major waste disposal and environmental pollution hazard. Every year nearly six trillion cigarettes are smoked worldwide, generating 800,000 metric tons of cigarette butts. We have discovered that cigarette butt-derived carbons may be good for hydrogen storage, which may not only address an intractable environmental pollution problem – cigarette butts – but also turn a major waste product towards clean energy production.
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A World Beyond Lithium-ion

Lee Johnson (Research Fellow)
Lithium-ion batteries have delivered a revolution in portable electronics and have begun to unlocked electrification of the UK automotive industry, which employs over 800,000 people and has an annual turnover of £77.5B. Here we will explore how fundamental research and materials discovery is being used to develop the next-generation of battery technologies able to meet our future needs in the aerospace and automotive sectors. A perspective of the challenge will be presented by considering next-generation batteries in the context of the needs of industry and society.
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