IChemE - Materials on the nanoscale can often display properties that are different from their bulk counterparts. To evaluate these properties and to assess the structural features that give rise to these, a range of tools can be employed to fully assess

30th June 2022 9:00 am

Materials on the nanoscale can often display properties that are different from their bulk counterparts. To evaluate these properties and to assess the structural features that give rise to these, a range of tools can be employed to fully assess these materials across multiple length and time scales.

In this talk some small materials will be explored, making big impacts in the fields of energy storage and artefact conservation. Latest investigations will be shared using synchrotron X-ray facilities to uncover the hidden depths of King Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, and the nanostructured materials embedded within her timbers.

These structural investigations are now informing conservators of new methods for treating priceless artefacts such as the Mary Rose to conserve her for generations to come. It will also be shown how elementary particles like muons can be passed through materials to act as beacons, revealing information about how lithium ions move through battery components.

Understanding how ions move through materials gives opportunities for designing next generation batteries and this will show the latest efforts in developing new materials for next-generation batteries for safer energy storage.

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