In August 2018, ennomotive launched a challenge to help Codelco Tech, the subsidiary of the first mining company in Chile and first world copper producer.
A new Copper Graphene (G/Cu) nanocomposite has been developed recently: the addition of 3% graphene to pure copper has proven to be a material that significantly improves the yield strength, tensile strength, and elastic modulus if compared to pure copper.
The goal of this challenge was to find ideas on potential and very specific applications in which the use of this new nanocomposite translates into a technical/economic improvement compared to the materials used to date.
For 6 weeks, 65 engineers from 14 countries accepted the challenge and submitted different solutions. After a thorough evaluation, Codelco Tech picked the solution that best met the evaluation criteria and awarded the winners, Julio Andrés Casal Ramos, from Venezuela, Fernanda Elena Monasterio, from Argentina y Vivek Nair, from India.
We have contacted Vivek to learn about his experience and the future of batteries/carbon capture sectors. Here you can read the full interview.
Vivek Nair: My inspiration for the challenge was to build better batteries for a better future
Can you introduce yourself briefly?
I am Dr. Vivek Nair, with Indian passport but currently living in Singapore. I have a joint doctorate from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Loughborough University (UK) on battery materials. After my Ph.D., I worked as a senior research associate at Lancaster University (UK) on lithium titanate battery packs and solid-state batteries.
What is your motivation for participating in the ennomotive challenge? How did you come up with this solution? What was your inspiration?
What are the most significant improvements made in the batteries/carbon capture sectors in recent years?
Is it difficult to innovate in this sector? Why? What are the innovations and applications coming in the future in this sector?
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