Centre for Sustainable Materials Processing

Solving Critical Challenges In The Recovery Of Electric Vehicle Battery Materials

An image of an ultrasonic unit processing a battery electrodeProfessor Andy Abbott and the Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries group have solved a critical challenge in the recovery of materials used in electric vehicle batteries at the end of their life, enabling their re-use in the manufacture of new batteries. Working alongside colleagues at the University of Birmingham, the team developed a new method, which uses ultrasonic waves to separate out valuable material from the electrodes, is 100 times quicker, greener and leads to a higher purity of recovered materials relative to current separation methods.

The research has been published in a paper titled ‘Lithium ion battery recycling using high-intensity ultrasonication’ in Green Chemistry. The team have also applied for a patent for the technique. 

Find out more about the ReLiB project here.

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