Oxford Instruments Tie-Up with Royce, Oxford Institute for Battery Technologies

Oxford Instruments - UK’s battery research and manufacturing company has announced the formation of a new R&D collaboration with the University of Oxford’s Department of Materials and the Henry Royce Institute (Royce) to accelerate research in future battery technologies.

March 05, 2021. By News Bureau

Oxford Instruments - UK’s battery research and manufacturing company has announced the formation of a new R&D collaboration with the University of Oxford’s Department of Materials and the Henry Royce Institute (Royce) to accelerate research in future battery technologies.

In its aim to contribute to the UK’s industrial strategy to fight climate change, new methods or technologies will be developed by using benchtop Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to monitor reactions in battery cells and use this understanding to enhance their performance.

Dr. Ian Wilcock, Managing Director of Oxford Instruments Magnetic Resonance and Nano Analysis, commented: “Our R&D and applications teams are very excited to be partnering with leading scientists at Oxford University and Royce. The NMR methods we develop together will not only contribute to new higher-performance battery materials but will additionally ensure the quality of commercialised energy storage products.”

The collaboration will help fight climate change through the development of new technology for net zero-emission vehicles and will contribute to realising practical lifetimes beyond Li-ion technologies such as the Lithium-Air battery that promises a step-change improvement in energy density.

Commenting on the partnership, Prof Philip Withers, Chief Scientist at the Henry Royce Institute said, “We are excited to see what new research will come from the investment in the benchtop Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and its effects on our national ambitions to fast-track the electrification on vehicles to support the UK’s transition to zero carbon. At the Henry Royce Institute, we are often finding that our most innovative collaborations bring together researchers and equipment providers to pioneer new technologies and we look forward to working with Oxford Instruments to meet our common goals.”

Researchers will use X-Pulse, Oxford Instruments’ benchtop NMR spectrometer, to characterize the behaviour of a wide range of different elements within novel battery material formulations during electrochemical processes. X-Pulse is the world’s only broadband X-nucleus benchtop NMR spectrometer.

 

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