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IT Carlow researchers awarded Best Review Paper 2019 by international journal for academic work on lithium in soil

04/08/2020
Four Institute of Technology Carlow academics have been awarded by an international journal for their work in the area of natural resources.
 
Resources, an international academic journal based in Switzerland, last month awarded Dr. Laurence Kavanagh, Jerome Keohane, Dr. Guiomar Garcia-Cabellos, Dr. Andrew Lloyd and Dr. John Cleary Best Review Paper 2019 for Global Lithium Sources—Industrial Use and Future in the Electric Vehicle Industry: A Review
 
The announcement was made by Resources as part of its Best Paper Awards that recognises outstanding papers published in its journal. Its aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical research in as much detail as possible. It publishes reviews, research papers, communications and short notes and there is no restriction on the length of the papers.
 
Global Lithium Sources—Industrial Use and Future in the Electric Vehicle Industry: A Review is an output of the IT Carlow researchers project which established the baseline levels of lithium in soils, waters, and plants in the South-East of Ireland, prior to any future extraction of lithium from known pegmatite deposits in the Blackstairs Mountains. Lithium is a key component in energy storage technologies and is rapidly becoming a metal of crucial importance. Increased demand for lithium as a component in batteries for electronic devices and electric vehicles is driving up the cost of lithium, with the result that previously uneconomic sources of lithium are being reassessed and some of these are likely to enter production. Lithium is expected to be added to the European Commission’s list of critical raw materials because of its strategic importance to the automotive industry.
 
Global Lithium Sources—Industrial Use and Future in the Electric Vehicle Industry: A Review is available online
 
Pictured are four of the five winning scientists from Institute of Technology Carlow. From left: Dr. John Cleary, Dr. Laurence Kavanagh, Dr. Guiomar Garcia-Cabellos and Dr. Andrew Lloyd