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Lithium-ion Battery Material Circularity



12:00pm - 1:00pm ET


Join us for the first of Irving's fall New Energy: Conversations with Early-Career Energy Researchers series—bi-weekly talks featuring graduate, post-doctoral, and other early-career researchers sharing their discoveries and perspectives on energy-related topics from policy to analysis to emerging technology.

The lithium-ion battery is a key enabling technology for transport decarbonization. While substantial impact reduction can be achieved, their use has also sparked concern due to the use of critical materials such as cobalt, nickel, and lithium. Through the circularity principles of reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle, resource conservation and impact mitigation can be achieved. This presentation will discuss current research, industry development, and policy which supports lithium-ion battery material circularity.

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About the Speaker(s)

Jessica Dunn
Senior Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

Dunn is currently finishing her doctorate in energy systems at the University of California, Davis. During her studies she was a co-facilitator for the California Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Advisory group and a private consultant for the International Energy Agency on topics related to energy technologies and battery systems. In addition, she published several academic journal articles about using industrial technology methods to forecast and evaluate the impact of battery recycling.

Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she earned a master’s degree from University College London in Economics and Policy of the Environment and Energy and worked in the energy and environmental consulting industries.


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