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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Batteries research in Cambridge covers battery life, safety, energy & power density, reliability and recyclability of advanced batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cell type of batteries.

Electrical vehicles (EVs) are vital in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Most electric vehicles on the road today are powered by lithium-ion batteries, due in part to their high energy density. However, as EV use becomes more widespread, the push for longer ranges and faster charging times means that current battery materials need to be improved, and new materials need to be identified.

Research is also taking place on demonstrating large-scale and high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries and a future beyond lithium-ion batteries. 

Some key centres and initiatives include:


Spin outs:

Nyobolt, ultra-fast charging batteries.

Echion Technologies, develops anode material which enables 6x faster charging than conventional Li-ion batteries, with significantly improved safety and cycle life. 

Illumion works to visualize energy storage processes in real time.


Researchers working in this area:

Prof Laura Diaz Anadon Professor of Climate Change Policy
Prof Adam Boies

Professor of Nanomaterials and Aerosol Engineering


Prof Manish Chhowalla

Professor of Materials Science

Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee

Prof Stuart Clarke Professor of Physical Chemistry
Prof Jonathan Cullen

Professor of Sustainable Engineering

Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee

Prof Sian Dutton

Professor of Physics and Solid State Chemistry

Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee

Dr Alex Forse

University Assistant Professor in Electrochemical CO2 Capture

Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee

Prof Dame Clare Grey Professor in Chemistry
Prof Akshay Rao Professor in Physics and Solid State
Prof Michael de Volder

Professor of Structural Engineering

Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee

Prof Dominic Wright

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry