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Welcome to the Industrial Liaison Office. We are a group of specialist scientists with a diverse range of expertise, all dedicated to supporting scientists and researchers from a variety of industries access the facilities here at Diamond. The team has a diverse range of backgrounds and each member is a specialist in a different technique. We are therefore able to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to solving research and development problems. To find out more about how we can help with your project, please select from the following options:

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Featured Case Studies

Understanding the Charging Mechanism of Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Using Spatially Resolved Operando X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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In today’s battle against climate change, replacement of conventional cars with battery electric vehicles (BEV) offers an opportunity to significantly reduce future carbon dioxide emissions. Currently, BEVs employ lithium-ion batteries which are expensive to produce and have significant drawbacks; their safety and limited transport being the main issues. Significant interest is therefore being shown in replacing these lithium-ion batteries with a lithium-sulfur battery (LiS or Li2S/Si), which operates using a cheap and abundant raw material with about a two-fold higher specific energy compared to lithium-ion batteries.

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Controlling crystallisation in fuels and biofuels

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The “freezing” of diesel fuel in winter has been a problem since its inception. Wax crystals nucleate and grow and block fuel lines and filters which can lead to vehicle failures and motorists being stranded. Additives are used to control these crystals but, over recent years, the use of biofuels (fatty acid methyl esters) within diesel blends has become increasingly common.  This can adversely affect the low temperature operability of the fuel. Legislation demands that biofuels are part of diesel blends throughout the EU, with levels expected to increase.

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Fe-based materials for Li ion batteries

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Diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, together with the desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has propelled electrochemical storage to the forefront of modern research. In particular, Li-ion batteries have empowered consumer electronic devices and are now seen as having great potential for use in (hybrid)-electricvehicles, where high power densities are essential. In the search for new positive electrodes to meet this demand, there has been a focus on polyanionic compounds and how they can be manipulated to control the voltage of the transition metal redox couple.

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