UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Taster Lecture - "When Batteries Go Bang”

29 April 2020, 10:00 am–11:00 am

Figure 9: Post-mortem tomography of Cell 2 after thermal runaway

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Mark Bernardes – UCL Chemical Engineering


We use batteries in our every day lives, but few think about the major engineering challenges that had to be solved to power our mobile phones. Here we will look at advanced batteries, and explore the research going on in UCL Chemical Engineering making Li-ion batteries better, faster and safer.

Presented by:

Paul Shearing, Professor in Chemical Engineering at University College London.

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About the Speaker

Prof Paul Shearing

Professor in Chemical Engineering at UCL Chemical Engineering

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Paul Shearing is a Professor in Chemical Engineering at University College London where he holds The Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Battery Technologies. His research interests cover a broad range of electrochemical engineering themes with a particular interest in the relationship between performance and microstructure for energy materials, an area where he has published more than 245 papers (>5500 citations, h=43). He co-directs UCL’s Electrochemical Innovation lab and leads the UK STFC Global Challenge Network in Batteries and Electrochemical Devices. He was a founding investigator of the UK’s Faraday Institution, where he chairs the Training & Diversity Panel and is PI of the £10M LiSTAR programme investigating Li-Sulfur battery technologies (www.listar.ac.uk ). In 2014 he was named the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Young Chemical Engineer of the Year in Academia and in 2016 the RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year. More about Prof Paul Shearing