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Katie Abbott

Hazardous Materials Scientist

Katie Abbott

Katie joined the Hazardous Materials team in HSE's Science Division in June 2020 after graduating from the University of Sheffield with a master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering.

Katie has spent most of her time working on lithium-ion battery safety projects. These projects subject lithium-ion cells to a selection of abuse tests to understand their behaviour outside of their normal operating window; this work is then used to inform the HSE and industry on the potential health and safety risks. The results are also being used to explore potential methods to mitigate, supress or prevent these failure events from occurring.

An integral part of Katie's role is designing and building bespoke experimental test rigs to support the development of future research. Notably, Katie has just recently finished designing a nail penetration unit to investigate how lithium-ion cells behave when punctured. Lithium-ion battery technology is an essential component to Net Zero, and Katie has been at the forefront of research looking at the health and safety impacts of this new technology.

Research Interests

  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Net-Zero
  • Hydrogen
  • Additive manufacturing

Previous Projects

  • LIBRIS (Lithium-ion Battery Research in Safety) project: £6.8m project funded by the Faraday Battery Challenge

  • Real-time gas analysis of lithium-ion cells: to determine the gas composition of failing lithium-ion cells as it varies over the course of cell failure

  • Investigating resonant acoustic mixing and additive manufacturing within the explosive sector

Notable Achievements

  • Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining with ProfGradIMMM status, with an overall aim to become chartered in the next 5 years
  • Presenter at Hazards 31 on how lithium-ion cell failure varies in open field
  • Katie's work has prompted further research projects, which will investigate the projectile-like behaviour of lithium-ion cells

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