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Cambridge battery recycling technology set to disrupt global market

A new new method of recycling, improving and reusing battery paste has resulted in a Cambridge-based company being awarded a £465,000 grant from the Innovate UK-Newton Fund to develop the technology in Brazil’s urban environments.

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How Aurelius cuts batteries’ carbon footprint and eliminates noxious gases

Some claim that the end of the Oil Age is within sight. Governments around the world are setting ambitious targets for electric vehicles (EVs) – in the UK, plans have been announced to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. JP Morgan estimates that electric cars would take 35 per cent of the global market by 2025.

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Amir Heads to Japan

Amir is currently working on fuel cell research in Japan through a collaboration with Tokohu University. Amir is sponsored by the Interdepartmental Doctoral Degree Programme for Multi-Dimensional Materials Science Leaders, working under Professor Hitoshi Takamura.

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Smart Villages Trip to Tanzania

Mike Coto is currently in Tanzania as part of a Smart Village project. He is working with the local community in Vingunguti, Dar es Salaam. Mike is carrying out research relating to his PhD on photocatalytic water purification materials. He is also engaging with the local community and teaching local students about water testing and purification methods.

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Naked Scientists

Dr Paul Coxon presented Archimedes' Principle to the Naked Scientists as part of a show about important science experiments through the ages. The recording was broadcast as three radio shows and downloadable podcasts on BBC 5 Live, BBC Cambridgeshire and ABC Radio National (Australia) to an audience of over a quarter of a million listeners.

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"Bottom-up Formation of Carbon-Based Structures with Multilevel Hierarchy from MOF−Guest Polyhedra." Journal of the American Chemical Society (2018

Tiesheng Wang (王铁胜) supervised by Dr R. Vasant Kumar, found a simple way to transform metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to carbon-base structures with ordered multilevel hierarchy, termed as “nano-diatom” (named for the morphological similarities with the naturally existing diatomaceous species). The morphology transformation is enabled by adding salts (metal-containing compounds) into the MOF. Together with Dr Hyun-Kyung Kim and Dr Yingjun Liu (刘颖俊), they have demonstrated one of the nano-diatoms as a superior carbon-based anode material for fast-charging lithium-ion battery.

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"Advanced Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Enabled by a Bio-Inspired Polysulfide Adsorptive Brush." Advanced Functional Materials (2016)

R. Vasant Kumar, Renjie Chen and co-authors present a bio-inspired chemically functional interlayer for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries. This interlayer, made from zinc oxide nanowires grown on a conductive scaffold, has a villi-like structure. It lies on top of cathode to trap active materials and keep them electrochemically accessible, resulting in greatly improved cycle and rate performance.

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