Dr Pooja Goddard is among this year’s cohort of just 16 UK academics to be awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship.
The prestigious Fellowship will support her ongoing work with Echion Technologies to advance lithium-ion battery technologies.
Specifically, the project will use a materials modelling approach to improve the performance of the mixed niobium oxide (XNOTM) products used in the batteries, particularly focusing on improving power density.
Dr Goddard’s partnership with Echion began when the company approached her. Having read her research team’s publications, the company wanted to draw on Loughborough’s expertise in this field.
In 2021, the collaboration was formalised with the launch of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to optimise lithium batteries and create next-generation fast-charging, high-power energy storage.
Of working with Echion, Dr Goddard says: “It’s a fabulous opportunity for me to see how industry works and what the challenges are for developing and commercialising the next generation of materials for energy storage.”
The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship scheme supports mid-career academics’ collaborative research with commercial partners – strengthening strategic relationship between industry and academia. To find out more about the scheme, please visit the Royal Academy’s website.