International Battery Seminar - Engineering Strategy for Design and Scale-Up of a Recycling Process

I’m going to say it, I’m energized by the thought of participating in the International Battery Seminar and Exhibit in Orlando, Florida, next month. In 2023, more than 2,100 battery technologists attended. This year’s March event is expected to be even larger, with many speakers from around the world. I’m going to be one of them! The Seminar has four streams for participants: R & D: Battery Research and Recycling Manufacturing: Performance and Supply Chain Engineering: Safety, Management…


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2023: A Year of Communication and Education

Photo by Patrik Göthe on Unsplash As I think back on 2023, two words come to mind: Communication and Education. This year, P&ID  helped clients in Canada, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and The Netherlands as well as in the U.S. Applications included food spices, chemicals, specialty chemicals, energy and lithium, and battery and plastics recycling. I also consulted for equipment technology suppliers on market strategies, technology innovations, and other special projects as…


Beat the Odds in Engineering with Data Collection and Analysis

  Photo by Free Walking Tour Salzburg on Unsplash   I am not much of a gambler. I may sometimes participate in Fantasy Football, but you’re unlikely to find me placing big bets in Vegas. Still, that doesn’t stop me from being interested in a Business Week article entitled The Gambler Who Beat Roulette. Kit Chellel’s article is an entertaining read combining engineering, data collection and analysis, international intrigue, training of the mind and, of course, the roulette wheel. As…


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Creative Thriller Explores Octopus Innovations and Human Communication

Wikimedia Commons Octopuses are intriguing creatures. I have written two previous blog posts about their creativity and innovations. In November 2019, I wrote about Creativity and Lessons Learned from Octopuses. That blog talked about how octopuses are creative, intelligent creatures who can problem solve and are masterful mimics. In 2021, I discussed the winner of the Oscar’s best documentary award, My Octopus Teacher, and the power of critical thinking demonstrated by octopuses. I like to…


Lithium Ion Battery Materials and Solid-liquid Separation Safety

In the many lithium ion battery (LIB) plants that I have visited, one critical area of concern is solid-liquid separation safety in manual operations.  After all, a LIB is, in reality, a small chemical plant.  The detailed structure is as follows: Figure 1.  Structure diagrams of LIBs . a) Main components, b) Internal structure and c) Structure of cathode materials and Al foil (Yellow coating represents PVDF film).   Reproduced from Global Challenges 2023, 7, 2200237, © 2023 The Authors.…