Marie Curie Fellow, Dr Ibrahim Saana Aminu was accepted to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting which  due to the Coronavirus restrictions has been rescheduled to 27 June – 2 July 2021. The invitations for young scientists are valid for next year, and Ibrahim is planning to attend in 2021. Interactive online activities are planned for this summer, in which young scientists will present their current research and receive suggestions from Nobel Laureates or Lindau Alumni from previous meetings.

Ibrahim’s  research is focused on developing “batteries for the future” to meet demands from the market dominant electric vehicles industry.

An EU report (Com (2019)176) has found that globally, there are over 4 million electric vehicles  (EVs) on the road today. This is expected to grow significantly between 50 and 200 million by 2028 and surge by 2040 to about 900 million. Batteries represent about 40% of the EVs value. This sector is forecast to create at least 3 to 4 million jobs. Driven by the ongoing global clean energy transition, demand for batteries is expected to grow very rapidly going into the future, making it a strategic market commodity at global scale. By 2025 the European market potential is expected to be worth around EUR 250 billion per annum.  However, a U.S geological study further projects that a market dominant EV-industry would only have enough Lithium Batteries supply for at most 17 years, excluding other uses.

In light of this, Ibrahim is working with Professor Kevin M. Ryan on a H2020 Marie Curie project to develop advanced rechargeable aluminium-ion batteries (AlBs), using all low-cost and sustainable components.  The team are addressing key challenges hampering the progress of AlBs and have discovered a rapid technique to fabricate a novel graphite material with an unprecedented “brain-like” morphology, including mechanisms to control the porous architecture. This novel graphite shows great promise for a potential breakthrough in advanced graphitic cathodes for AlBs.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings normally take place once a year and comprises of 30-40 Nobel Laureates and next generation leading scientists from all over the world.  The Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.