Researchers in the centre focus on a range of issues and development opportunities exploring the circular economy and battery storage. This open/public symposium showcased 6 groups of researchers working on issues related to the circular economy and battery energy storage. The event is supported by Researchers from the STEME Research Group – School of Education, Deakin University – who will work with these researchers, a group of Deakin University Science students and Secondary Science Teachers to develop online resources related to this research.
The symposium attracted 94 registrations with 60 + participants on the day, 20 of which were teachers.
Deakin researchers presented on the following topics:
1. Synthesis of better performing battery electrolytes Dr Colin Kang, Mahdi Ghorbani, Anna Warrington
2. Polymer electrolytes/solid-state batteries Dr Xiaoen Wang, Yady Senayda Garcia Castillo, Greg Rollo-Walker, Dr Yan Liang
3. Energy Ethics Research and the Circular Economy Dr Natalie Ralph
4. Beyond Li-ion batteries; Cheaper and safe sodium batteries using plastic crystal electrolytes Dr Jenny Sun, Dr Faezeh Makhlooghiazad
5. Ultra-Batteries: from Research to Application Mojtaba Eftekharnia, Dr Rob Kerr
6. Circular Economy and E-Waste Dr. Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo
Dr Peta White hosted the symposium and invited questions from the audience. Lively discussion was had on the topics and the students will now prepare the website and include artefacts supplied by the researchers.