Mark N. Obrovac

Associate Professor
NSERC/3M Canada Ltd. Industrial Research Chair in Battery Materials


Related information

Department of Chemistry

Contact information

Phone: 902-494-4060
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:  Physical chemistry, Materials, Synthesis, Energy, Advanced battery materials, Metal-ion batteries, Magnesium batteries, Sodium ion batteries, Electrochemistry, Energy storage


  • BSc, Simon Fraser University
  • MSc, Dalhousie University
  • PhD, Dalhousie University
  • PDF, Cornell University

Research interests

We develop new practical battery chemistries based on low-cost and abundant materials, such as sodium and magnesium. This includes the synthesis and characterization of new intercalation materials, nanostructured compounds, amorphous metal alloys and non-aqueous electrolytes for use in advanced batteries.

Selected publications

  • "Reversible Insertion of Sodium in Tin." L. D. Ellis, T. D. Hatchard, and Mark N. Obrovac* (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2012).
  • "Structural Changes in LiAlSi During Electrochemical Cycling." L. Liu and Mark N. Obrovac* (ECS Electrochem. Lett., 2012, 1, A10).
  • "Alloy Negative Electrodes for High Energy Density Metal-Ion Cells." T. Tran and Mark N. Obrovac* (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2011, 158, A1411).
  • "Alloy Design for Lithium Ion Battery Anodes." M. N. Obrovac, L. Christensen, D. Le, and J. R. Dahn (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2007, 154, A849).
  • "Reversible Cycling of Crystalline Silicon Powder." M. N. Obrovac and L.J. Krause (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2007, 154, A103.