Meet a difference maker in…. affordable energy – Sam Haig

In this blog series, which is part of our Sustainability Hub, we’re speaking to chemical engineers across the world making a difference to make sustainable practices and products a reality and more accessible to all for the wider benefit of our society and globe.

Here, Sam Haig explains his role in the recycling and recreation of lithium-ion batteries, and why it’s important to improve the process of utilising the materials within them to ensure once a battery reaches the end of its life there is not significant waste harming the environment. He talks about the challenges of these hazardous materials within batteries and handling production in a sustainable way, while demand is ever-increasing.

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‘Out of this world’ next generation batteries – IChemE Young Researcher Award Winner 2018

Donal Finegan from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory was presented with the Young Researcher Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2018.

Having studied a degree in chemical engineering, Finegan diverged into energy systems. His research explores the performance and safety of lithium batteries, primarily looking at why they fail.

His innovation and insights have had direct positive impacts on the design of next generation Li-ion batteries, as well as advanced energy systems, including some of NASA’s manned space applications.

Finegan explains more on his work and his delight at his recognition in this video:

Do you know a researcher who is helping to address important economic, environmental or social issues? Then why not enter them for the IChemE Global Awards 2019.

Submit your entry by 12 July 2019 online at:

This video was produced by CMA Video.