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Reference Number EP/W018950/1
Title Sustainable microwave manufacturing of functional inorganic materials (SuMMa)
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 5%;
Not Energy Related 90%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 90%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr G Dimitrakis

Faculty of Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 June 2022
End Date 31 May 2025
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £1,683,171
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region East Midlands
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr G Dimitrakis , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.986%)
  Other Investigator Dr SV Patwardhan , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr IM Reaney , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr R Boston , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr KLS Campbell , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr J Howse , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr R Elder , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr S Brown , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor J Cordiner , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr E Cussen , Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr DR Slocombe , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr J Lees , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor A Porch , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr J Robinson , Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor D Coca , Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Warwick (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Centre for Process Innovation - CPI (0.000%)
Project Contact , Advanced Microwave Technologies Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Britishvolt (0.000%)
Project Contact , Microwave Technologies Cousulting (0.000%)
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Abstract Delivery of bespoke, tailored functional materials for specific applications often requires multistep and/or custom manufacturing processes which may not always be transferable. This programme of research brings together experts fromacross the UK with the goal of designing, developing and deploying sustainable microwave manufacturing processes that deliver bespoke inorganic functional materials not accessible at scale by current manufacturing methods. Microwaveprocessing affords unique control and heating characteristics which, when coupled with judicious reactant choice, can shorten reaction times (from days to minutes), avoid unwanted side-reactions which can lead to unwanted additionalproducts and improve short-range crystallinity by alleviating defect formation. These benefits represent considerable advantanges over traditional methods, where processing can lead to defects which plague performance.Synthesis of state-of-the-art, tailored functional materials currently requires additional resource demands, be they multistep processes or more energy-intensive treatments. Solving the production of such materials represents a key challenge in delivering materials with demanding performance criteria, e.g. nanostructured cathodes for high power density applications or textured electrodes for long cycle life. The unique properties of microwaves offer a greener, faster, and more targeted manufacturing route to achieving high value functional materials. Here, we target the scaled-up (kg/day) synthesis of nanostructured and faceted cathode particles, with the key delivery of (i) a microwave flow reactor producing high quality Li-ion battery cathode materials with primary particle morphologies and performances not accessible by traditional synthetic routes and (ii) a sustainable route to the reduction of manufacturing resource use, to just the amount required, through delivery of resource efficiency, multi-level optimization and circular economy principles. Realising this sustainable microwave manufacturing route to high value energy storage cathodes of immediate interest for next-generation electric vehicle applications has the opportunity to contribute in a significant way to a UK economic chemical industry opportunity worth a potential £2.7B per year
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Added to Database 02/03/22