Alexander Beutl

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Alexander Beutl

What do you like about science?

Science feels like magic, but it is more reproducible. If we think about where humanity has come to be today compared to e.g. 100 years ago, then we can see the power of science and how much a difference it makes to understand the world around you. On the other hand, many of the current global issues like global warming show that there is also a downside to progress and growth.

If you had not become a scientist, what would you be today?

As a scientist I usually conduct experiments to understand how something works. If I would not be doing this, I would focus on finding answers to why something is, i.e. doing philosophy.

What is your favorite place at work? Outside work?

I really enjoy working in the lab, surrounded by all the instrumentations that help me with my tasks. Outside work I enjoy being at home.

What is your role in the SUBLIME project?

I am mainly involved in developing processing routes for manufacturing lab-scale cells from the developed materials. This information is then further processed for upscaling tasks.

How do you think will the results of SUBLIME contribute to a more sustainable world? How will the world be different after SUBLIME?

I think we have gained a lot of new knowledge on the capabilities and limits of sulfide electrolytes and their processability. New processing routes have been developed and a better understanding of the different components involved could be established. This will promote research on solid-state batteries but could also be of use for other research areas.

What research are you conducting at your institution and how is it applied in the SUBLIME project?

At AIT I am mainly involved in battery research, focusing on all-solid-state batteries. We are working with all sorts of different electrolytes, ranging from semi-solid (gel) to hard ceramic materials. This versatility gives me a wide variety of approaches that can be applied for sulfide electrolytes in SUBLIME.