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.