About the Symposium

Electrochemical batteries are crucial for a wide and growing range of applications from electric vehicles to grid energy storage. Yet despite huge advances in battery science and technology over the past 30 years, there is still much that is not well understood about their underlying operating principles. Mathematical modelling and simulation of batteries offers the opportunity to develop accurate predictions of performance, speeding up design cycles and improving control and management in applications. However, the continuum battery modelling community remains dispersed, encompassing mathematicians, chemical engineers, control engineers, and others.

The Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium provides an opportunity for battery modelling researchers in academia and industry to come together in a friendly and inclusive environment and discuss their latest findings through talks and poster sessions. The first meeting will be held on the 18-19th March 2019 in Oxford. The event is now fully booked - we look forward to welcoming all attendees to Oxford.

Who Should Attend?

Senior researchers, early career researchers and PhD students, in academia, research institutes, and industry, in the UK and internationally

When and where?

18-19th March 2019 at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, England, OX1 1DW. Program and abstracts now available!


Please contact clementine.hadfield@oerc.ox.ac.uk for general queries about the conference, or events@eng.ox.ac.uk for registration related queries

Confirmed speakers

John Newman is a retired Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has been a Principal Investigator at LBNL with the DOE Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies Program. He is the author or coauthor of more than 400 technical publications, numerous plenary and invited lectures, and the book Electrochemical Systems. Professor Newman has received many awards, was an Onsager Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in 2002; and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999. His research focuses on the analysis and design of electrochemical systems, with special emphasis on batteries and fuel cells. In more recent years he has shown an interest in renewable energy and in turbulence. Additional details about Professor Newman and his research group can be found at http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/jsngrp/

Martin Z. Bazant is the E. G. Roos (1944) Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mathematics and Executive Officer of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After a PhD in Physics at Harvard (1997), he joined the MIT faculty in Mathematics (1998) and then in Chemical Engineering (2008). His research focuses on electrokinetics, electrochemical systems, and applied mathematics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the International Society of Electrochemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His awards include the 2015 Kuznetsov Prize in Theoretical Electrochemistry (ISE) and 2018 Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering (AIChE). He also serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor for Saint Gobain Ceramics and Plastics, North America.

Professor Plett received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1998. Since then, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. His research focuses on control-systems theory as applied to the management of high-capacity battery systems, such as found in hybrid and electric vehicles. Current research efforts include: physics-based reduced-order modeling of ideal lithium-ion dynamics; system identification of physics-based model parameters using only current-voltage input-output data; physics-based reduced-order modeling of degradation mechanisms in electrochemical cells; estimation of cell internal state and degradation state; state-of-charge, state-of-health and state-of-life estimation; power and energy prediction; and battery pack fast charging.

Professor Anna Stefanopoulou is the William Clay Ford Professor and the Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Michigan. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Technical Specialist at Ford Motor Company. She is an ASME (08), an IEEE (09) and a SAE (18) fellow, an elected member of the Executive Committee of the ASME Dynamics Systems and Control Division and the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. She has received multiple awards and two involving battery state estimation using mechanical (swelling) behavior.

Robert McMeeking has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (1972) from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and Ph.D. in solid mechanics (1976) from Brown University. He is currently Tony Evans Distinguished Professor of Structural Materials and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB, Sixth Century Professor of Engineering Materials at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and Leibniz Professor at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany. He has published approximately 300 papers on mechanics of materials, is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and receipient of multiple prizes.

Anton Van der Ven is Professor of Materials at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research seeks to unravel the links between the electronic structure of solids and their macroscopic properties using first-principles statistical mechanics. He studies a wide variety of materials classes for electrochemical energy storage and high temperature aerospace applications. He has spent almost two decades investigating the unique electronic, thermodynamic and kinetic properties of transition metal oxides and sulfides used as electrodes in Li-ion batteries. His group develops statistical mechanics methods and accompanying software tools to predict the properties of complex crystals from first principles. Van der Ven studied metallurgy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and obtained a PhD in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Göran Lindbergh has an MSc (1985) and PhD (1991) in Chemical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He is Professor in Electrochemical Process and System Engineering at KTH since 2003. He is also a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and coordinating the energy storage activities in the Swedish Electromobility Centre. He has more than 190 published journal papers. He is leading the Applied Electrochemistry group at the Department of Chemical Engineering and a common theme in on-going research projects is the mathematical modelling and electrochemical characterization of batteries and fuel cells.

Manuel Landstorfer received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Ulm University (Prof. S. Funken, Prof. T. Jacob) in 2013. Since then he is research associate at the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) in Berlin. His research focuses on modelling electrochemical systems with continuum non-equilibrium thermodynamics. Together with W. Dreyer and C. Guhlke he studied extensively electrochemical interfaces, especially the double layer and electro-capillary effects. More recently he focuses on homogenization techniques for porous electrochemical cells. Applications range from fundamental electrochemistry to batteries and electrolysers, and recently he became head of a joint BMBF-project dealing with ageing effects in lithium ion batteries.

Associate Professor Trimboli received his Ph.D. in Control Engineering from University of Oxford in 1989. He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2011, where his research focuses on development of control strategies for the management of high-capacity battery systems such as found in electric vehicles. He is currently UCCS principal investigator (PI) of a multi-year program with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) headed by Utah State University where he leads a team investigating the application of model-predictive control to improve the performance and extend the lifetime of lithium ion battery cells. Other research efforts include: physics-based reduced-order modeling of ideal lithium-ion dynamics, physics-based modeling of lithium-ion degradation dynamics, empirical and physics-based modeling of lithium-ion thermal dynamics, as well as predictive methods for power estimation.

Dr Monica Marinescu received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Imperial College London in 2012. Since then, she has been working on continuum and reduced order models of lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, supercapacitors, and Li-ion capacitors. Her research focuses on determining the physical and chemical mechanisms that limit the performance of energy storage devices in real applications, and developing the models that can help design better cells and help use those cells to their fullest potential. She is particularly interested on how knowledge of the load cycle can inform cell design and control.

Charles has been a CNRS researcher at Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (France) since 2007. He completed his PhD in materials chemistry at Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France), in 2005 and was then a Postdoctoral fellow for two years in Prof. John Newman’s group at Berkeley. Charles has authored nearly 56 peer-reviewed papers and 3 patents, and been awarded distinctions including the Carl Wagner Medal of Excellence in Electrochemical Engineering (2011) and the Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora Foundation Prize (2009). Current effort is the development of physics-based mathematical models for lithium-ion batteries, with a focus on electrolyte transport and battery degradation, in close collaboration with French automotive industry.

Denis Kramer is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. He graduated with a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) from the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (Germany) in 2002 and was awarded a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the Technical University in Freiberg (Germany) in 2007. He subsequently spent 2 years at MIT studying Li-Ion batteries based on DFT with Gerbrand Ceder, and then 2 years working with Anthony Kucernak at Imperial College London. He joined Southampton in 2011 and his current research includes the electrochemistry of oxide surfaces, the thermodynamics of nanoscale systems, phase stability of multi-component systems in aqueous environments, and fundamental aspects of electro-kinetic processes.

Troy Farrell received his PhD in applied mathematics from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 1999 and is currently a Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics there. His research interests are in industrial applications including batteries and electrochemical devices. He has worked with several battery and battery materials manufacturers to develop multiscale, multiphysics, simulation models for primary and secondary battery chemistries. In recent times he has become interested in battery storage systems for grid-scale, renewable energy generation. This work centres on the development of accurate and computationally efficient, physics-based, reduced order models for use in battery management systems.

Registration and abstract submission

The event is now fully booked; unfortunately we are not able to take any further registrations due to space constraints. Note that the conference fee does NOT include accommodation costs or travel costs, which must be booked independently. Information on suitable local accommodation and travel advice is available below.

Symposium Dinner

The Symposium Dinner, for those who have purchased registration that includes the dinner, will take place on the evening of 18th March 2019, and includes a 3 course meal and wine in Pembroke College's old dining hall.

Poster abstracts

All speakers for the symposium will be invite only. We will also display a number of posters during the conference. The deadline for poster abstracts has now passed and we are in the process of informing successful authors of acceptance.

Venue and accommodation

The Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium will be held in the heart of Oxford at Pembroke College. Presentations will be held in the state of the art Pichette Auditorium, with dinner being hosted in the historic setting of Pembroke's beautiful dining hall.

Downloadable map and directions to Pembroke College

Pembroke College is situated in Oxford city centre and is a 15 minute walk from the Oxford's train station where regular trains run to London's Marylebone station or Paddington station, both of which are just a few stops by London Underground to St. Pancras station, where Eurostar train connections are available to France, Belgium and beyond. If you are driving to Oxford, parking in the centre is very constrained and we recommend instead parking at one of the local Park and Ride facilities from which regular buses into the centre of town are available. The easiest airport for access to Oxford is London Heathrow and there is a regular bus service that runs between Heathrow and Oxford (terminal 5 is particularly convenient for this).

We have reserved some ensuite rooms at Pembroke College for delegates for the night of Monday 18th March, including breakfast on 19th March, at a very reasonable rate. We have also reserved a number of rooms on the night of Sunday 17th March and Tuesday 19th March for those who might wish to arrive the day before the conference starts or stay until the Wednesday. All of these rooms must be booked separately to conference registration and will be available on a first come first served basis, so please book as soon as possible. Follow this link to book accommodation at the college, using booking code BC2019.

Symposium Organisers

David Howey and Charles Monroe (Department of Engineering Science)

Colin Please and Jon Chapman (Mathematical Institute)