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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




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.



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.



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.  



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.  



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.




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!



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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!



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Alison Keefe

Hometown: New Haven, PEI, Canada
Program: M.Sc. in Materials Engineering
Joined: September 2017


I received my BEng in Engineering Physics from Carleton University in 2017 and am now pursuing a MASc in Materials Engineering in the Dahn lab at Dalhousie. During my undergrad, I completed several co-op work terms which included a semester in a fiber optics laboratory at Carleton University, and a year of radio frequency engineering for satellites at MDA corporation in Montreal. My research in the Dahn lab focuses on impedance studies of lithium-ion batteries. In my spare time I like to do lots of musical things and physically active things and love trying new things.

Alison's Research

Impedance and FRA studies


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Hongyang Li

Hometown: Taiyuan, China
Program: Ph.D. in Physics
Joined: September 2016


I am a first year PhD student in Physics. I finished BS study in Materials Science at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and obtained my MSc in Materials Science at UCLA in 2016. I feel fortunate to work in a field that I am interested in with great lab members. Let’s make batteries better!




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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.



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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.




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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



Alexander 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.




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Lin Ma

Hometown: Lanzhou, Gansu, China
Program: Ph.D. in Chemistry
Joined: August 15, 2012


I obtained my BSc with honors from Xiamen University (Dr. Yong Yang’s group) in China. I joined Jeff’s group in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, I got my Master’s degree (2 years) and worked as a research assistant for one year. I started my PhD program in September 2015. My previous projects were mainly about high voltage NMC/graphite pouch cells. Now I am focusing improving performance and lowering cost of Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

Lin's research

Cell degradation mechanism analysis
Development of novel electrolytes
Safety studies of the reactions between charged electrodes and electrolytes



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Vivian Murray

Hometown: St. John's, Newfoundland
Program: M.Sc. Chemical Engineering
Joined: September 2016


Originally from St. John’s, NL, I received my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science, Co-op Program from the University of Waterloo. My work term experiences include a semester at Natural Resources Canada researching solar panel and electric vehicle efficiencies and a semester volunteering at a health clinic in Tanzania.

Tina Taskovic

Hometown: Peterborough, Ontario
Program: Ph.D. 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.




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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.




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Rochelle Weber

Hometown: Bend, Oregon, USA
Program: PhD Materials Engineering
Joined: September 2016


I graduated from Caltech in 2015 with a BS in Materials Science, after which I spent a year as an intern with Tesla’s Battery Technology team. My current research focuses on cathode materials and impedance studies of lithium-ion batteries.




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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




Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Matthew Genovese

Joined: September 2017


I received my PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Toronto in July of 2017. My doctoral research focused on the development of surface modified carbon materials for supercapacitor applications and included research exchanges at the University of Illinois and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prior to my PhD, I completed a BASc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In my spare time I enjoy running, dragon boat racing, and weight training. 

Matthew's research

Anode Materials





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Dr. David Hall

Hometown: Sutton, Ontario, Canada
Joined: September 2014


I study electrolytes, additives, and interfacial chemistry in pursuit of longer lifetimes, increased energy density, and lower costs. 

I received my PhD in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 2014. My doctoral research was performed at the University of Ottawa and the National Research Council of Canada, studying electrocatalyst materials for renewable hydrogen production. I also have industry experience coordinating corrosion research at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization in Toronto. I received my BSc in Chemistry with a Minor in Materials Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. 

David's research

Electrolyte development, DFT calculations, materials characterisation, synthetic chemistry


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Dr. Xiaowei Ma

Hometown: Shandong, China
Joined: December, 2013

I received my PhD in chemistry from Florida State University in 2013. My doctoral research focused on the synthesis of rare earth intermetallics and Zintl phases using flux methods, with an emphasis on the characterization of magnetic and transport properties. I received my M.E in Power Machinery Engineering from Tongji University in 2007. I received my B. Sc in Chemistry from Tongji University from Tongji University in 2004.

Xiaowei's research

Advanced electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries



Undergraduate Students

Toren Hynes

Hometown: Hartlin Settlement, Nova Scotia, Canada
Program: BSc Chemistry
Joined: May 2016


I come from a town of 25 people on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. In the Dahn lab, my focus is on getting an old gas chromatogram back into service. Additionally, I synthesize electrolyte additives on an "as-needed" basis. I plan to graduate with a BSc in organic chemistry and biology, and spend my weekends sailing, among other outdoor activities.

Toren's research

Synthesis of new electrolyte additives, in-situ gas chromatography of Li-ion cells.




Elizabeth Lee

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Program: BSc Chemistry
Joined: May 2018


I am currently a second-year undergraduate student pursuing an Honours degree in Chemistry at Dalhousie University. My research focus in the Dahn lab is working with Stephen Glazier to test how varying electrolyte concentrations and additives extend the lifetime of Lithium-Ion batteries. My free time is spent practising Tae kwon do, painting, volunteering as the president of DUUCS (the undergraduate chemistry society) and trying to take my turtle and kitten on walks together.  

Elizabeth's research

Electrolyte studies for long lifetime lithium-ion cells.




Cameron Martin

Hometown: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
Program: B.A.Sc. Nanotechnology Engineering
Joined: August 2018


I am a Waterloo student excited to have the unique opportunity to work with this fantastic group! I am currently working with the anode free battery group here researching electrolyte additives and polymer coatings. I am interested in pursuing a career in sustainable energy solutions and I believe in the power of our group's work to make a lasting impact on the world.

Cameron's Research

Anode-free battery design




Research Assistants

Jessie Harlow

Jason Quinn

Hometown: Pefferlaw, Ontario
Joined: November 2018

Jason received a B.Sc. in Nanotechnology from Carleton University in 2015, and spent the next three years in Ulm Germany, receiving a M.Sc. in Energy Science and Technology in 2018. His graduate work spanned battery safety in secondary life applications, Li-air catalysts, and commercial prototype cell development. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, video games, and cooking.



Support Staff

Michel Johnson

Lab Manager

Joined: November 2017




Simon Trussler

Dedicated Machinist

Joined: November 28, 1996


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