What is the Network?

A leaflet detailing the work of the network can be downloaded here: STFC Batteries

Large scale user facilities play a pivotal role in the development of new and improved electrochemical energy devices including batteries and fuel cells. The Network will promote collaboration between world-class users and developers of large-scale research facilities and provide a forum to draw together researchers from a range of disciplines. Network members will be encouraged to share latest technique developments and help disseminate cutting-edge research ahead of publication. This will be achieved through targeted network events.

The Network promotes best-practice research – this is especially important for new techniques where protocols are not clearly established. In bringing together leading practitioners of synchrotron and neutron techniques, we will ensure that effort is not duplicated, thus enabling the most efficient use of beam-time resources.

Best practice workshops and funding for research visits will facilitate this.

Membership of the network is open to all stakeholders with an interest in the application of large scale facilities  – access to associated funding will be reviewed by the Steering Committee.

Objectives of the Network

  1. Bringing together an international community of researchers from industry, academia and national laboratories with a shared interest in battery and electrochemical energy device research
  2. Seeding lasting collaborations which will lead to cutting edge  science
  3. Establishing cross-technique linking between different users of large scale facilities
  4. Standardising new techniques (especially for applications to electrochemical devices)
  5. Establishing and disseminating best-practice methodologies
  6. Ensuring best use of large-scale facilities resources and complementary science
  7. Providing advice and feedback to inform future infrastructure investment
  8. Promote the engagement of industry with large scale facilities