Local professor recognised as global visionary in emerging technologies

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The Royal Academy of Engineering has today announced long-term support to Professor Paul Shearing from UCL Chemical Engineering as a global visionary to develop more efficient, safer, and cheaper battery technologies.

The development of technologies such as electric vehicles, robotics and renewable power sources rely on improved battery technology that operates in increasingly demanding applications. This has driven a demand for alternative battery chemistries including solid-state batteries, metallic anodes, Li-sulphur, Na-ion, Li-air and multi-valent chemistries which are each at varying stages of development.

Together these new chemistries will help to tackle issues associated with cost, safety, durability, energy and power density, but many are pre-commercial and need further basic engineering research to move to commercial deployment.

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