1 September 2022

Anodes and Other Materials (Energising the UK Battery Supply Chain - Part 7)

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Anodes and Other Materials

The market potential for Anode materials is big and getting bigger! Previously, within these workshops, we have discussed innovative cathode materials however there are various other materials of interest within the supply chain and manufacturing of battery materials. Currently, most anodes are made of synthetic graphite. Novel and advanced anode materials are high in demand as they could improve charging times, making the use of electric cars easier and more consumer-friendly.

SCI and the Chemistry Council Innovation Committee (CCIC) have organised a program of speakers from members of this community. This workshop will consist of 3 talks from companies involved in anode materials as well as other materials of interest within the battery materials supply chain. These talks will be followed by breakout discussions between participants, enabling them to meet others working in the supply chain, and discuss what is needed for the future of this community.

Energising the UK battery supply chain series – Introduction

A major focus of SCI’s work with the Chemistry Council recognises that the government, in its Road to Net Zero, is banning the sale of all internal combustion engines by 2030. We must therefore act rapidly to scale-up an integrated UK battery supply chain, to adequately support the bourgeoning electric car industry.

As part of our programme to deliver this, SCI is bringing together chemists, suppliers, manufacturers and innovators at every point within the supply chain, and in doing so building a community that will address the challenges of scaling-up of electric vehicle production within the UK. 

From the previous workshops we have built a team of around 70 organisations from industry and government who have come together to explore and identify the needs of this community, and discuss how they can work together on this challenge. Common themes identified in these workshops include:

  • Scale-up at speed
  • Developing standards and skills
  • Next generation technologies
  • Battery recycling


This workshop is primarily designed to engage those actively working in or with the battery production industry, or policymakers whose decisions may affect it. Spaces are limited – therefore, if you are new to the ‘Energising the UK battery supply chain series’, and wish to attend this workshop, please send a 50–100-word description of your work to shreya.mashru@soci.org, outlining how you fit into one of the above stakeholder categories.


Dr Andy Walker

Johnson Matthey

Andy is Johnson Matthey’s Technical Marketing Director; within this role he analyses and assesses the regulatory, market and technology drivers for the clean energy transition. As part of this, he looks at the implications of the transition across the transport, chemical, industrial, heating and power sectors, including the way it will drive the use of clean hydrogen as a key enabler.

One of his main focuses is the evolution of the automotive powertrain towards electrification, covering the future roles of internal combustion engines and battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Andy is the author/co-author of over 80 publications, and in 2011 he was elected SAE Fellow.

Dr Melanie Loveridge


Dr Melanie Loveridge is an Associate Professor of Electrochemical Materials in WMG at the University of Warwick (UK), where she has worked since 2014. For the last 12 years her research has focused on energy storage materials for Li-ion battery technology. This has spanned multi-scale cell form factors and included 6 years as a specialist within a spin-out company from Imperial College. At WMG her research focusses on material development and characterisation, with advancing the capabilities within battery forensics. Melanie is a co-founder of the original WMG Battery School and continues to participate regularly.

Tom Castle


Synthomer is one of the world’s foremost suppliers of aqueous polymers and has leadership positions in a range of key industries such as adhesives, coatings, construction, textiles and rubber. Tom is the Business Development Manager within Synthomer responsible for the company’s growing battery binder business. He will share some of the chemical requirements and challenges a binder needs to address in today and tomorrow’s batteries.


Thursday 1 September

Welcome and introduction
David Bott, SCI
Binding Batteries Together – The Role of Anode Binders in Lithium-ion Cells
Tom Castle, Synthomer
An Ode to Anodes
Melanie Loveridge, WMG
BEV uptake drivers and headwinds
Andy Walker, Johnson Matthey
Breakout discussions
Closing remarks


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