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A newly-established Cambridge research centre will work to develop next-generation batteries and battery materials, one of the major technological hurdles in the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

A newly-established Cambridge research centre will work to develop next-generation batteries and battery materials, one of the major technological hurdles in the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

The WP-Cambridge Materials Innovation Centre (WP-CAMMIC) will be based at Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy (DMSM), supported by £7.2 million from the WP Investment Company (WPIC), a South Korean investment group.

Over the next five years, the funding will support the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment, funding for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to carry out research in lithium-based energy storage technologies. The Centre will also focus on sustainable manufacturing and the circular economy, including recycling to develop battery materials with enhanced properties.

"Through the partnership with WP-CAMMIC, our researchers will design materials that enable new battery chemistries, use state-of-the-art techniques to gain new insight into their functionality, and develop new manufacturing methods to accelerate developments in batteries,” Professor Manish Chhowalla, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy and Director of the new Centre

 

"Sustainable energy storage is in the heart of powering a low-carbon future, including electric vehicle batteries and other applications in renewable energy development. e are excited to support the establishment and development of the WP-CAMMIC, and look forward to it growing into a centre with a global impact on sustainability.”Lei Wang, Chair of WPIC and alumnus of the Cambridge Judge Business School

 

Professor Ramachandran Vasant Kumar, a leading figure in the recycling of batteries, is co-investigator for the new Centre. He said: “Building on the momentum generated over years of research on sustainable energy materials, this WPIC-funded project will use a holistic approach of how batteries are made, used and recycled.”

The full University of Cambridge article.

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