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European Industrial Doctorate in Innovative POLYmers for Lithium Battery TEchnologies

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - POLYTE (European Industrial Doctorate in Innovative POLYmers for Lithium Battery TEchnologies)

Reporting period: 2018-01-01 to 2019-12-31

POLYTE-EID is an Industrial Doctorate Project funded by the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (H2020-MSCA-ITN-EID-2017) that aims to offer excellent training opportunities to three Early Stage Researchers in the area of Innovative Polymers for Lithium Battery Technologies. POLYTE-EID puts together the expertise in batteries of Toyota Motor Europe (TME, Belgium) with the academic excellence in polymers of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU - POLYMAT, Spain).

Three ESRs are being trained in multidisciplinary aspects of research and training expertise areas, including polymer chemistry, ionic liquids, polymer physics, advanced characterization methods, electrochemistry and electrochemical energy storage technologies, such as lithium metal, lithium-ion or lithium-air battery technologies.

The overall objective of the project is the development of new polymeric materials to increase the performance and safety of the current and future batteries..
In the first period of the project, novel polymers for the development of lithium solid-state batteries have been designed and characterized by different electrochemical, mechanical and spectroscopic techniques. The initial results are very promising and further characterization and testing are needed in order to assess the performance of the battery devices. The project has also carried out a number of dissemination activities which included the organization of a workshop, training events, the participation of the fellows in outreach activities and the set-up of a project webpage.
The overall progress of the project is in line with the initial objectives of developing greener, cheaper and safer rechargeable lithium batteries for electric/hybrid vehicles for the automotive industry. At this mid-stage of the project, novel polymers for the development of solid-state batteries have been designed and characterized by different electrochemical, mechanical and spectroscopic techniques. At the end of the project, it is expected to have a broad range of polymers to be processed and assembled into electrochemical energy storage devices. In addition, it is also expected these materials to be tested showing superior performance in battery prototypes.

The key impact of POLYTE-EID project will be to enhance the career perspectives and employability of three ESR researchers and contribute to their skills development. To accomplish it, the ESRs have been already exposed to both, the academic and the industrial environments. In addition, they have attended several schools and international conferences where they have shown the main achievements accomplished so far and the main societal implications of the project.
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