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CAM-IES Industry Workshop: 7 May 2019

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CAM-IES Industry Workshop

Tuesday 7 May 2019

2pm to 5.30pm

Rayleigh Seminar Room, Maxwell Centre, Cambridge


CAM-IES presents an afternoon programme of talks from academic and industry researchers, focussing on how energy materials can be exploited in commercial applications and technologies, such as solar cells, batteries, electronic and data systems. Industry speakers will talk about what challenges they experience, and which modes of academic interaction they benefit most from. Academic speakers will explore new potential in the research space for commercial technologies.

CAM-IES is a partnership between the University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University London, UCL, and Newcastle University. CAM-IES industry collaborators include Siemens, Shell, Tata Steel, Arm, Johnson Matthey, Applied Materials Inc, NPL, Cambridge Display Technology, Deregallera, Eight19.




1345 to 1400

Registration (refreshments available in seminar room all afternoon)


1400 to 1410

Introduction to CAM-IES by Clare Grey  


1410 to 1430

Sam Stranks, Swift Solar

“High performance, lightweight perovskite photovoltaics”

Sam is a co-founder of Swift Solar, a startup developing lightweight solar panels that are more efficient and more affordable than conventional panels. The Swift Solar team includes leading solar technologists from Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, University of Washington, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with deep expertise in perovskite photovoltaic technology and scale-up. Swift’s core technologies range from new solar cell architectures to specialised manufacturing techniques initially developed in the labs at Stanford and MIT.


1430 to 1450

Anna Motta, Talga

“2D materials for energy storage”

Talga Resources Ltd is an advanced materials technology company enabling stronger, lighter and more functional graphene and graphite enhanced products for clean technology applications in the global battery, coatings, construction and polymer composites markets. This talk will cover the company’s commercial advantages owing to its vertically integrated high-grade Swedish graphite deposits and in-house process to product technology. Particular focus will be on our activities to develop a Li-ion battery materials’ supply chain with a sustainable European source.


1450 to 1510

Fernando Castro, NPL

“Advanced nanoscale characterisation for nanoelectronics and solar cells”

Fernando is a Principal Scientist at NPL, leading the research on metrology for Electronic and Magnetic Materials and acting as Head of Materials Science and Engineering. His focus is on the development of advanced characterisation methods to understand the relationship between structure and function in new electronic and energy materials.


1510 to 1530

Bill Gillin, Chromosol

"Organic lasers on silicon chips: Transforming optical data transfer"

Datacentres, which currently consume about 3 % of the world’s electricity generation and are responsible for around 2 % of all greenhouse gas emissions, rely on electrical connections short range data transfer, an energy intensive process which causes a bottleneck in the data transfer rate. Chromosol aims to further develop a laser materials derived from novel chemistry which can be deposited directly onto photonic integrated circuits (PICs), allowing the integration of lasers and providing distributed gain to overcome inherent losses in optical data transfer.

1530 to 1550

Ainara Aguadero, Imperial College London

“Advanced ceramics for energy storage and conversion”

Ainara’s research focuses on the study of physical and chemical properties in complex oxides, bulk surfaces and interfaces for application in solid state electrochemical devices such as batteries, memristors, fuel cells and electrolysers. Her current research activity is mainly focused on: 

i)Use of surface analysis techniques to evaluate local chemical composition within materials and devices (i.e. batteries and fuel cells) and correlate this to their performance and degradation issues,
ii)Quantification of ion dynamics (6Li, 18O, D)  in complex systems and development of topotactic redox materials with high oxygen storage capabilities


1550 to 1620

Chris Pickard, University of Cambridge

"Predicting the structures of interfaces from first principles"

Chris has used a first principles approach to the prediction of near-edge structure in electron energy loss speactra, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) chemical shifts, quadrupolar coupling constants, J-coupling constants, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) g-tensors and hyperfine parameters. Chis has extended the ab initio Random Structure Searching (AIRSS) software to search for compounds, defects, clusters, surfaces and interfaces, and to investigate the behaviour of materials under extreme compression.


1620 to 1645

Panel discussion with all speakers


1645 to 1730

Drinks reception, posters, networking



Close of workshop


Travel Bursaries

CAM-IES is pleased to offer travel bursaries to students and postdoctoral researchers submitting posters to this event. Please send poster titles, affiliations and author lists to Lata Sahonta ( by Friday 3 May 2019.