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

Michael Bauer

Hometown: Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
Program: M.Sc. in Physics
Joined: September 2015

 

I am a second year graduate student in physics. I received my B.Sc. in physics from Acadia University in 2015. In the Dahn lab, I work on Li-ion DTA, with side projects in the study of the physical properties of Li-ion electrolytes, such as conductivity and viscosity. Li-ion DTA allows us to study the composition of the electrolyte in-situ, while the physical property studies allow for better electrolyte design.

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

Leah Ellis

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia 
Program: Ph.D. in Chemistry
Joined: May 2014

 

Leah completed her MSc under the supervision of Dr Mark Obrovac, studying alloy anodes for Na-ion batteries. During this time she was awarded an internship at Tesla Motors, where she worked in the Cell Characterization lab. Upon the completion of her MSc, she interned at E-One Moli Energy, where she worked in the Pouch Cell group. Before starting her PhD in the Dahn lab, Leah crossed the continent of Africa on a bicycle. Leah minimizes her spare time by training in endurance sports, volunteering and experimenting with DIY projects.

Leah's research

Electrolyte additives

 

Contact

leahellis@dal.ca

Stephen Glazier

Hometown: Fergus, Ontario
Program: Ph.D. in Physics
Joined: September 2013

 

I completed my B.Sc. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Guelph in 2013 and my MSc. here in the Dahn Lab in 2015 where I studied disordered positive electrode materials. I began my Ph.D. in September 2015 and currently study the heat flow from lithium ion cells using isothermal microcalorimetry. This very sensitive technique allows for accurate, in-situ, and non-destructive measurements of reactions in cells. I fill my spare time playing music, hockey, hiking, camping, practicing yoga, and volunteering.  

Stephen's research

Isothermal microcalorimetry, electrolytes, positive electrode materials.
 

Contact

stephen.glazier@dal.ca

 

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Roby Gauthier

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

 

I'm a second year Ph.D. student in Physics. 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

 

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

Contact

alison.keefe@dal.ca

 

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!

Contact

hongyang.li@dal.ca

 

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Yulong Liu


Program: Ph.D. in Physics

 

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

 

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

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.

Contact

alex.louli@dal.ca

 

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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
 

Contact

l.ma@dal.ca
 

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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.

Lauren Thompson

Hometown: Kennebunkport, ME, USA
Program: M.Sc. in Chemistry
Joined: September 2016

 

I am a first year Chemistry M.Sc. candidate in the Dahn Lab. Prior to joining the group, I received my BA 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, and spectating hockey games.

Contact

lauren.thompson@dal.ca

 

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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.

Contact

roweber@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. 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

 

Contact

matthew.genovese@dal.ca

 

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Dr. David Hall

Hometown: Sutton, Ontario, Canada
Joined: September 2014

 

I received my PhD in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 2014. My doctoral research was performed at National Research Council Canada, studying electrocatalysis and industrial production of hydrogen. I received my BSc in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, where I utilized electrochemistry and surface analysis to study the long-term disposal of nuclear waste.

David's research

Materials characterisation, electrolyte additives
 

Contact

davidhall@dal.ca
 
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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

Respirator materials
 

Contact

xiaowei.ma@dal.ca

Undergraduate Students

Jazmin Baltazar

Program: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Joined: January 2018

 

I am currently in my third year of my Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University. I am extremely interested in pursuing a career in renewable energy and very excited to contribute to the research group.  

Jazmin's research

Evaluation of novel electrolyte additives

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.
 

Contact

toren.hynes@dal.ca

 

Katherine Lin

Hometown: Beijing, China
Program: Electrical Engineering
Joined: July 2017

 

I am currently a second-year undergraduate pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree at Dalhousie University. I am passionate about the work that Tesla Motors is doing and the vision of this company. I am very glad to be a part of it. In the Dahn Lab, I work with David Hall to test different electrolyte additives. Additionally, I am learning from Samuel Buteau to utilize machine learning in order to study Li-ion cells as well as improving them.  

Katherine's research

Evaluation of novel electrolyte additives Assist with modelling data using Machine Learning to improve the performance of Li-ion cells

Scott Young

Hometown: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Program: BSc Physics
Joined: January 2017

 

I am currently a third-year undergraduate studying physics and chemistry at Dalhousie. I have a strong passion in the future of renewable energy and the advancement of lithium-ion batteries. 

Scott's research

My supervisors Xiaowei Ma and Lin Ma keep me busy working on cell degradation mechanism analysis, studying the reactions between charged electrodes and electrolytes, and experimenting with various electrolyte additives.
 

Contact

rb588309@dal.ca

 

Laurent Molino

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Program: BSc Physics
Joined: May 2018

 

I am a third year Physics student at Dalhousie. In the Dahn lab I study physical properties of Li-ion battery electrolyte systems such as conductivity and viscosity. I also work with separator materials and Li-ion DTA. When not in the lab I enjoy hiking, running, and climbing. 

Laurent's research

Electrolyte physical properties and separator properties.
 

Contact

laurent.molino@dal.ca

 

Julie Inglis

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

 

I am currently a third-year physics student. Born in Nova Scotia, I love the ocean and spend most of my free time in a canoe or a rowing scull on the Arm. In the lab, I work on positive electrode materials with my supervisors, Hongyang Li, Ning Zhang and Aaron Liu. Alternative energy sources have always been an interest of mine and I am very grateful for the opportunity to do research I am passionate about in the Dahn lab. 

Julie's research

Positive Electrode Materials
 

Contact

j.a.inglis27@gmail.com

 

Ruis MacDonald

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Program:B.Sc. Chemical Engineering
Joined: May 2018

 

I am currently in fourth-year chemical engineering at Dalhousie. I am researching phase transitions of electrolytes of different solvent ratios and salt concentrations using the DSC. This data will be used to determine the composition and health of intact Li-ion cells using the DTA. 

Ruis' research

Physical properties of electrolyte properties.
 

Contact

ruis.macdonald@dal.ca

 

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.
 

Contact

il967323@dal.ca

 

Jamie Stark

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Program: BSc Chemistry and Mathematics
Joined: January 2018

 

I am currently a second year undergraduate at Dalhousie university studying Mathematics and Chemistry. I very much enjoy my time spent in the Dahn lab working to improve lithium-ion battery performance. Before attending university I was a professional ballerina which taught me how to always put in hard work even if the results are not yet in sight. This is a skill that has helped me with my research. 

Jamie's research

Along with my supervisor Xiaowei Ma, I am developing advanced electrolyte and electrode materials for Lithium Ion batteries
 

Contact

jm353545@dal.ca

 

Research Assistants

Jessie Harlow

Support Staff

Simon Trussler

Dedicated Machinist

Joined: November 28, 1996
 

Contact

simon.trussler@dal.ca
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