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

 

Que Huang

Hometown: Yueyang, Hunan, China
Program: Ph.D. in Safety Science and Engineering
Joined: January 2017

 

I am a joint Ph.D. student from University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei, Anhui, China). This is my third year as a Ph.D. candidate. My current research is focused on the reactions between charged electrodes and electrolytes.

Que's Research:

Safety studies of the reactions between charged electrodes and electrolytes

Contact

que.huang@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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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

Dr. Jing (Jim) Li

Hometown: Wuhan, China
Program: Post Doctoral Fellow
Joined: July 2, 2013

 

I am a post-doc working on positive electrode materials and electrolyte additives for lithium ion batteries with low-cost, high energy and long life-time. I completed my PhD degree with Dr. Jeff Dahn in Chemical Engineering at Dalhousie University from Sept. 2013 – Aug. 2016. My thesis was focused on the study and development of positive electrode materials. I obtained my MSc degree in Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology) at the University of Waterloo in 2013 and hold a B.Eng degree in Electronic Engineering and Information Technology from Wuhan University, China.

Jim's research

Positive electrode materials and electrolyte additives
 

Contact

li.jing@dal.ca

 

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Research Assistants

Jessie Harlow

Support Staff

Dr. Robbie Sanderson

Lab Manager

 

Contact

robbie.sanderson@dal.ca

Simon Trussler

Dedicated Machinist

Joined: November 28, 1996
 

Contact

simon.trussler@dal.ca
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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.
 

Contact

toren.hynes@dal.ca

 

Katherine Lin

Program: Electrical Engineering
Joined: January 2017

 

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