Neel Sanghvi

Neel Sanghvi

What do you like about science?

What I like most about science is that it is the process of going from ‘0’ to ‘1’. In science you build something from scratch, against engineering where you go from ‘1’ to ‘n’, you replicate something that already exists. In science, you face a lot of challenges, but the range of possibilities is also greater.

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

I became a scientist after education in Mechanical engineering. Keeping in mind the way things work out for people in India, I would be working in finance or management if not in science.

What is your favorite place at work? Outside work?

My favorite places at work are the meeting rooms at the office as they offer a space to engage in discussions and exchange ideas regarding science, technology, and business. My favorite place outside work is the Main river waterfront in Frankfurt. Looking at the skyscrapers, the bridges, and the water makes me realize the value of the enormous potential that humanity carries within itself.

What is your role in the SUBLIME project?

My role in the SUBLIME project can be described mainly as ‘materials optimisation’. The primary task is to evaluate the performance of various electrolyte systems with multiple formats of lithium anodes.

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

The results of SUBLIME will contribute to higher performance of solid state lithium metal batteries. These batteries will offer better performance in electric vehicles, leading to wider EV adoption, further decreasing fossil fuel usage. If the performance of the cells developed within SUBLIME exceeds a certain level, they may be taken up for commercial adoption.

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

ABEE’s know-how with lithium metal anodes and associated test protocols is being applied in the SUBLIME project.