Member Profiles

Graduate Students

Connor Aiken

Hometown: Bedford, Nova Scotia
Program: Ph.D. in Physics
Joined: September 2017

 

I completed my BSc in Physics at Dalhousie University and my MSc in Physics at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Peter Grutter. Between these two degrees I worked at 3M Co. in St. Paul, Minnesota working on the commercialization of Si-alloy anodes for Li-ion batteries. My PhD research is focused on studying failure mechanisms in Li-ion cells subjected to high rate cycling. In my spare time I enjoy playing basketball and cycling.

Connor's Research

Instrumentation development, failure mechanisms

 

Contact

connor.aiken@dal.ca

Mitch Ball

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Program: M.Sc. in Chemistry
Joined: May 2021

 

I recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering. As part of my degree, I took a couple of internships at Sila Nanotechnologies with a focus on incorporating silicon material into anodes. I’m quite excited to work in the Jeff Dahn Research Group and expand my knowledge beyond silicon anodes and contribute to the solution to climate change. When I’m out of the lab I like camping, playing guitar, watching indie films, and learning about history and geopolitics.

Mitch's research

Ni-rich positive electrode materials
 

Contact

MBall@dal.ca
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Michael Bauer

Hometown: Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
Program: Ph.D. in Physics
Joined: September 2015

 

I received my B.Sc. in physics from Acadia University in 2015, and my MSc. here in the Dahn lab in 2018. In the Dahn lab, I work on Li-ion differential thermal analysis (Li-ion DTA). Li-ion DTA is a non-destructive method for testing the state of the electrolyte in Li-ion cells. I use this method to develop an understanding of the processes of Li-ion cell failure and model electrolyte degradation.

Michael's research

Li-ion DTA and the study of physical properties of electrolytes.
 

Contact

michael.bauer@dal.ca

Samuel Buteau

Hometown: Gatineau, Quebec
Program: Ph.D. in Physics
Joined: September 2016

 

I received my B.Sc. Physics at the University of Ottawa in spring 2014, and I’ve just completed a M.Sc. Math from the same university. I’m interested in data analysis generally. This includes deducing meaningful properties of Li-ion cells from indirect measurements (e.g. DTA, FTIR, EIS, dV/dQ, etc.), but ultimately, I want to use Machine Learning techniques on massive amounts of data to model, understand, and ultimately improve Li-ion cells.

Samuel's research

Data analysis tools and cross-experiment modelling using Machine Learning.
 

Contact

samuel.buteau@dal.ca

Marc Cormier

Hometown: Cap-pele, New Brunswick
Program: PhD Physics
Joined: September 2017

 

I received my BSc in physics and mathematics from Dalhousie and am now a PhD student. Within my research I make use of first-principles computational methods to determine structural, electronic, and thermodynamic properties of electrolytes and positive electrode materials for Li-ion cells. My time away from my computer is spent practicing yoga, golfing, climbing, surfing, and cycling.  

Contact

marc.cormier@dal.ca

Reid Dressler


Hometown: Shields, Saskatchewan
Program: M.Sc. Physics
Joined: September 2018

 

I received my B.Eng. in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. I have experience in research with superconducting materials and organic solar cells and spent time working on remote sensing devices tracking water levels in the snow pack during my undergraduate studies. In my free time, I enjoy staying active with sports such as basketball and watching movies.  

Contact

reid.dressler@dal.ca
 

Animesh Dutta

Hometown: Haldia, India
Program: PhD in Materials Engineering
Joined: September 2020

 

I completed my bachelor’s from IIEST Shibpur, India (2015) and master’s from IIT Kanpur, India (2018) in Materials Engineering. In between, I worked for one year in Tata Consulting Engineers Limited as a Consulting Engineer for an integrated steel plant. Before starting my PhD I worked as a research assistant at IIT Bombay, India under the supervision of Prof. Amartya Mukhopadhyay in the area of alkali metal ion batteries, especially cathode material for Na-ion batteries. I am excited to start my research in the area of Li-ion battery in such a great group and hopefully contribute something fruitful to make batteries better. 

Contact:
an345084@dal.ca

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Ahmed Eldesoky

Hometown: Fredericton, NB
Program: Ph.D. in Chemistry
Joined: September 2019

 

I completed my B.Sc. with Honours in Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick (Yonghao Ni group, 2019). I first joined the Dahn lab as an NSERC USRA student in 2017 where I got to work on electrolyte co-solvents. During my B.Sc., I worked with Tesla in California on active materials development for Li-ion batteries, then with BMW and Prof. Hubert Gasteiger at TUM in Munich on SEI decomposition. My current research in the Dahn lab focuses on anode-free lithium-metal cells. In my spare time I like to travel, hike, go to the beach or eat something new!

Contact:
aeldesoky@dal.ca

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Roby Gauthier

Hometown: Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick
Program: Ph.D. in Physics
Joined: September 2016

 

I am working on my Ph.D. in Physics here in Halifax. I did my M.Sc. at Université de Moncton, where I did theoretical research about the Casimir Effect and I completed my B.Sc. at the same University. My research in the Dahn group focus mainly on the effect of the depth of discharge on the lifetime of lithium-ion pouch cells, as well as the effect of new additives. I also like to run and to learn about Chemistry in my free time.

Roby's Research:

Effect of the depth of discharge on the lifetime of lithium-ion pouch cell. Effect of new additives on the performance of lithium-ion pouch cell.

Contact:

roby.gauthier@dal.ca

 

Chenxi Geng

Hometown: Shandong, China
Program: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Joined: September 2018

 

I received my bachelor's degree at the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. Later I finished my M.Sc. at Energy Science and Technology at the Ulm University in Germany. After studying electrolytes during my master's, my research interests now focus on positive electrode materials. I am excited to gain knowledge and meet great people here!

Contact:

chenxi.geng@dal.ca

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Ines Hamam


Hometown: Moncton, New Brunswick
Program: M.Sc. Physics
Joined: September 2018

 

I received my B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Moncton in 2018. Throughout my bachelor's, I did co-op terms in optics research at the INRS in Montreal and an industrial placement at the Michelin plant in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. I am very pleased to be working with Prof. Dahn's lab in green energy as I've always been an advocate of environmental reforms especially in the field of sustainable energy. When I'm not working or stressing about climate change, I enjoy painting and visiting galleries and museums!

Contact:

ines.hamam@dal.ca

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Yulong Liu


Program: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

 

Yulong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and completed his Master's degree at the University of Waterloo Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology). After graduation, he went back to China and worked as a lithium-ion research engineer in Beijing for over 2 years, where he published one paper focused on the degradation study of LMO/NMC blended PE and filed one patent on the application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. He joined Dahn group in May, 2017 as a Ph.D student. His research interest lies in the study of electrode/electrolyte compatibility and interphase.

Contact

yulong.liu@dal.ca

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Aaron Liu

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Program: PhD Chemistry
Joined: September 2014

 

I received my B.Sc. Chemistry/Co-op Program at UBC in 2013, which included an 8 month co-op placement working on battery technology with E-One Moli Energy. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I spent a year teaching English in South Korea. I received my M.Sc in the Dahn lab in 2017 studying the effects of metal doping in positive electrode materials for high voltage cycling. I am currently still studying positive electrode materials for my Ph.D.

Aaron's Research

Positive electrode materials.

Contact

aaron.cl.liu@dal.ca

 

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Eric Logan

Hometown: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Program: Ph.D. in Physics
Joined: September 2016

 

I graduated from Mount Allison University in 2016 with a B.Sc in physics. I completed my Masters in physics from Dalhousie in 2018 and am now starting my PhD in this lab. My main research focus is on developing techniques to measure the transport properties of electrolyte solutions for Li-ion batteries. Apart from this, I am also involved with the determination of phase diagrams for basic electrolyte solutions.

Eric's research

Physical properties of electrolytes
 

Contact

eric.logan@dal.ca

Alex Louli


Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Program: PhD. Physics
Joined: September 2015

 

I received my BSc in physics at StFX university in 2015 and completed my MSc at Dalhousie in the Dahn lab in 2017, and am now a PhD student in physics. My research focuses on studying advanced negative electrode materials for Li-ion cells. Additionally, I study the irreversible volume expansion of Li-ion pouch cells as a tool to gauge the long-term performance of different cell chemistries. I am an experimental physicist at heart and enjoy tinkering in the lab with equipment and building novel solutions to problems.

Alex's Research

Negative electrode materials and failure mechanisms.

Contact

alex.louli@dal.ca

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Erin Lyle

Hometown: Charlottetown. PEI
Program: M.Sc. in Chemistry
Joined: September, 2019

 

I received my B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017. My undergraduate thesis focused on the synthesis and conductivity characterization of various intercalated and exfoliated nanocomposites based on molybdenum disulfide, under the supervision of Dr. Rabin Bissessur. I am excited to join the Dahn research group and look forward to learning more about energy storage. Outside of the lab, I enjoy travelling, exploring nature, and dabbling in photography.

Erin's research

Cathode materials
 

Contact

erin.lyle@dal.ca

Nutthaphon Phattharasupakun

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
Program: Dual Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering
Joined: January 2020

 

I am a visiting PhD student at the School of Energy Science and Engineering from Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) in Thailand. My previous research interests are on material development for energy storage, including supercapacitors, Li-metal batteries, Li-S batteries, and Li/Na-ion capacitors. I am very excited to join the Dahn lab, to gain new experience and meet many people. My current research focuses on material development for positive electrode materials. In my free time, I enjoy reading, travelling, and watching movies.

Contact

NPhattharasupakun@dal.ca
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Divya Rathore


 Hometown: Rajgarh, India
Program: Ph.D. in Physics
Joined: September 2020

 

I graduated with Integrated M.Sc. Physics and BE Mechanical from BITS Pilani, India in 2020 and started my Ph.D. in the same year. I did research internships at Purdue University, in the U.S., National Central University, Taiwan, and was a visiting student to Jeff Dahn Research Group during my undergrad. I love working towards understanding and developing sustainable methods of generating, storing, and utilizing energy. I enjoy traveling and reading in my free time. Coffee is also always a good idea!

Contact

dv972446@dal.ca

 

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Tina Taskovic


Hometown: Peterborough, Ontario
Program: M.Sc. in Chemistry
Joined: September 2018

 

I received my B.Sc in chemistry at Trent University in 2018. My desire to learn more about renewable energy and to help proliferate it lead me to join the Dahn lab as an M.Sc. candidate. When I am not in the lab; I enjoy spending my time running, travelling and catching up on some reading.

Contact

tina.taskovic@dal.ca

 

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Lauren Thompson

Hometown: Kennebunkport, ME, USA
Program: Ph.D. in Chemistry
Joined: September 2016

 

I am doing my Ph.D. in Chemistry in the Dahn Lab. Prior to joining the group, I received my B.A. in Chemistry with minors in Physics and Mathematics from Wheaton College, MA and taught in my hometown for two years. I recently moved to Halifax from Maine and am excited to contribute to the research group. When I am not in the laboratory, I enjoy running, baking, wakesurfing, watching hockey, and playing with my beloved dog Beta.

Contact

lauren.thompson@dal.ca

 

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Ning Zhang


Hometown: Xinxiang, Henan, China
Program: Ph.D. in Metallurgical Physical Chemistry
Joined: September 2017

 

I am a visiting Ph.D. student from Northeastern University, Shenyang, China. Currently, my research in the Dahn lab is about positive electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. I am also interested in using electrolyte additives to improve the battery performance.

Ning's Research

Positive electrode materials and electrolyte additives

Contact

ningzhang@dal.ca

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Wentao Song

Hometown: Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
Joined: July 2019
 

I obtained my bachelor's degree from Zhengzhou University in China, and Ph. D. in surface science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2016. After that, I worked in Japan as a postdoctoral researcher on industry-related projects, I joined Dahn group as a postdoctoral scholar. My research interest focuses on the surface science of Li-ion batteries. In my leisure time, I enjoy playing basketball, hiking, and reading.

Contact
wentao.song@dal.ca

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Dr. Ronald Väli

Hometown: Tallinn, Estonia
Joined: October 2019
 

I received my BSc (2013), MSc (2015) and PhD (2019) from the University of Tartu, Estonia. I started out by studying carbon materials and electrolytes for supercapacitors and gradually moved into the field of sodium-ion batteries by doing an internship at the Université de Nantes, which focused on sodium-ion capacitors. My PhD research focused on improving and studying sodium storage mechanism in hard carbon negative electrode materials. My hobbies include collecting vinyl records, skiing, hiking and cycling.

Ronald's Research
Electrolyte additives for Li-ion batteries

Contact
ronald.vali@dal.ca

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Undergraduate Students

Nicholas Kowalski


Hometown: Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia
Program: Mechanical Engineering (B.Eng)
Joined: May 2021

 

I am going into my third year of Mechanical Engineering here at Dalhousie. My interests include studying electric vehicle technology, mechanical design in SolidWorks, and engineering simulations using Finite-Element Analysis. I love learning new things and trying to understand how they work- and that’s why I’m super excited to work in the Dahn Lab. When not doing schoolwork, I enjoy being on the Dalhousie Microtransat Autonomous Sailboat Team as a Mechanical Designer, in addition to going fishing and walking long distances.

Nick's Research

Li-ion cell failure and electrolyte additives

Contact

nc378690@dal.ca

 

Julian Oxner


Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Program: Electrical Engineering
Joined: September 2020

 

I completed my Diploma of Engineering at Dalhousie in April 2021 and am set to complete my Bachelor of Engineering in December 2023. My previous research experience was in the field of biomedical engineering where I developed a microcontroller-operated device to test prosthesis control. In the Dahn lab, I work under the supervision of PhD candidate Connor Aiken to investigate Li-ion cell failure mechanisms. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, playing tennis, and watching Netflix. 

Julian's Research

Failure mechanisms of Li-ion cells

Contact

julianoxner@dal.ca
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Research Assistants

Jessie Harlow

Support Staff

Michel Johnson

Lab Manager

Joined: November 2017

 

Contact

michel.johnson@dal.ca

Simon Trussler

Dedicated Machinist

Joined: November 28, 1996
 

Contact

simon.trussler@dal.ca
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