Dr Lydia Pickering BSc(Hons), PhD

Dr Lydia Pickering

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Lydia Pickering is a Research Fellow in the School of Metallurgy & Materials. She is also a member of the Magnetic Materials Group.


Lydia Pickering graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Materials Science at the University of Birmingham in 2009, after which she went on to study a PhD on Ti-based metal hydrides for hydrogen storage and compression applications under the supervision of Professor David Book.

After obtaining her PhD, Lydia worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in both the Hydrogen Materials Group and Magnetic Materials Group at the University of Birmingham from 2013-2015, working on UK and EU funded projects ESCHER (Reference Number: EP/K021117/1) and REPROMAG (Agreement Number: 636881).  In 2016, Lydia relocated to South Africa to take up a Postdoctoral position at HySA Systems, based at the University of the Western Cape. During her time at HySA Systems, Lydia was involved with scaling up and optimising the production of metal hydrides for fuel cell powered mining vehicles as part of the Department of Science and Technology Key Project KP3-S02.

Lydia returned to the UK in late 2018 to resume a position in the Magnetic Materials Group and is currently working on the NEOHIRE project (Agreement Number: 720838). As part of the NEOHIRE project, Lydia’s work involves recycling end of life NdFeB permanent magnets from direct drive wind turbine generators using the hydrogen decrepitation (HD) process and helping to develop novel, more efficient, resin-bonded permanent magnets from the extracted material.


  • Metal-hydrogen interactions for permanent magnet and metal hydride applications.
  • Recovery and recycling of NdFeB.
  • Materials and magnetic characterisation.
  • Alloy synthesis methods and the effect of elemental substitution.
  • Optimisation of HDDR processing parameters for sintered NdFeB.


Journal Articles:

  • Lototskyy, M. V., Tolj, I., Pickering, L., Sita, C., Barbir, F., Yartys, V. The use of metal hydrides in fuel cell applications. Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, Volume 27 (2017) p3–20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnsc.2017.01.008
  • Pickering, L., Reed, D., Bevan, A. I., Book D. Ti–V–Mn based metal hydrides for hydrogen compression applications. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 645 (2015) pS400–403. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2014.12.098
  • Gkanas, E. I., Grant, D. M., Stuart, A. D., Eastwick, C. N., Book, D., Nayebossadri, S., Pickering, L., Walker, G. S. Numerical study on a two-stage Metal Hydride Hydrogen Compression system. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 645 (2015) pS18–S22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.03.123
  • Pickering, L., Li, J., Reed, D., Bevan, A. I., Book, D. Ti–V–Mn based metal hydrides for hydrogen storage. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 580 (2013) pS233–S237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.03.208

Conference Papers:

  • Pickering, L., Lototskyy, M. V., Davids, M. W., Sita, C., Linkov, V. Induction melted AB2-type metal hydrides for hydrogen storage and compression applications. Materials Today Proceedings, Volume 5 (2018) p10470–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matpr.2017.12.378
  • Lototskyy, M., Klochko, Y., Wafeeq, M., Pickering, L., Swanepoel, D., Louw, G., Westhuizen, B., Chidziva, S., Sita, C., Bladergroen, B., Linkov, V. Industrial-scale metal hydride hydrogen compressors developed at the South African Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry. Materials Today Proceedings, Volume 5 (2018) p10514–10523. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matpr.2017.12.383
  • Mann, V.S.J., Škulj, I., Balderman, J., Pickering, L., Degri, M.J., Bradshaw, A., Blomgren, J., Liebanas, F.O., Sjölin, S., Rowson, N.A., Harris, I.R., Walton, A. Large scale production of sintered magnets from recycled hard disk drive voice coil magnets. Proceedings of the 24th International Workshop on Rare Earth Magnets & Their Applications (2016)

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