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Are batteries the right option for a sustainable future?

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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


International Lecture given by Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon ForMemRS.

Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon ForMemRS © Michel Labelle

The development of improved rechargeable batteries represents a major technological challenge for this new century, as batteries constitute the limiting components in the shift from gasoline powered to electric vehicles, while also enabling the use of more renewable energy on the grid. To minimize the ecological implications associated with their wider use, we must integrate sustainability of battery components into our research endeavors. 

The challenges to developing batteries with minimal ecological footprints are enormous. They call for new materials and new concepts, as well as new chemical compositions. 

The presentation will address these different aspects. Firstly, regarding new concepts, we will show how the discovery of a reversible lithium--driven anionic redox process among lithium-rich layered oxides represents a transformational approach for creating materials with exacerbated capacities.  Secondly, concerning sustainability, our new findings with the sodium ion chemistry which uses novel materials design together with the assembly of 18,650 prototypes will be presented. Lastly, the future aspects of battery research  will be discussed. 

The lecture will be webcast live and the video recording will be available shortly after the event.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 18:00, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the Events team know if you plan to attend at least two weeks before the event.
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Are batteries the right option for a sustainable future?

International Lecture given by Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon ForMemRS.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK