School of Chemistry Colloquium: Dr Josh Makepeace (University of Birmingham) Chemical and Electrochemical Energy Storage Facilitated by Lithium Imide

This event is open to final year undergraduate project students, PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academic staff.

Effective energy storage is one of the keys to our transition to a sustainable energy system, and is likely to require a mixture of approaches including batteries and sustainable hydrogen-based fuels. Lithium imide has emerged as a fascinating material in the context of energy storage, being used as a hydrogen storage material, catalyst for ammonia synthesis and decomposition, and potential battery electrolyte. In this talk, I will explore the way in which variable composition underpins each of these applications and the in-situ characterisation of lithium imide-based structures by X-ray and neutron powder diffraction.