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: 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

Zhe Deng

Hometown: GuiLin , China
Program: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Joined: September 2019
 

I am a PhD student from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. My doctoral research focused on battery detection and failure analysis. I came to this lab to do cooperative research about the aging mechanism of cells with the Ultrasonic Scanning Machine designed by myself. I really enjoy the research life in Dahn's Group. It's my good fortune to be working with these great lab members here.

Contact

zhedengunique@gmail.com
dengzhe_sys@hust.edu.cn
 

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
 

Ahmed Eldesoky

Hometown: Fredericton, NB
Program: M.Sc. 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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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
 
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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!

Contact

hongyang.li@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

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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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

Dongxu Ouyang

Hometown: Nanping, Fujian, China
Program: Ph.D. in Safety Science and Engineering
Joined: October 2019

 

I am a visiting student from the University of Science and Technology of China. In my home university, my research focused on lithium-ion battery abuse including thermal runaway, overcharge, over-discharge, high-temperature and low-temperature. Currently, my research in the Dahn lab is about studying the thermal stability of lithium-ion battery by using ARC. It’s my great honor to study here with so many great lab members. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the drums and reading.

Contact

dongxu.ouyang@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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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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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. 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

Annika Benson

Hometown: Bedford, Nova Scotia
Program: Electrical (Computer) Engineering (B.Eng.)
Joined: January 2020

 

I graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Diploma of Engineering in 2018, and am currently here at Dalhousie with only one year left in my BEng!  My first research job was as a hardware designer at the Mainz Microtron - an electron acceleration facility in Germany. I absolutely loved my time there, and have had the “research bug” ever since! Since then, I have also worked as a biomedical engineering research assistant, helping to fabricate and test ultrasound technology for imaging and removing brain tumours! During the semester, I spend 90% percent of my time studying, and the other 10% making art and bad puns. You can also find me around campus leading meetings for Dalhousie MAST (a team designing and building a Solar-powered, autonomous sailboat that will sail itself to France) or organizing technical events as chair of the university’s IEEE Student Branch!

Annika's research

Anode-free Li-ion cells
 

Contact
abenson@dal.ca

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Aidan Luscombe

Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Program: Nanotechnology Engineering (University of Waterloo)
Joined: January 2020

 

I am currently completing my BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo, set to graduate in April 2021. My most recent work experience prior to the Dahn lab was at Sila Nanotechnologies, a silicon-anode battery materials manufacturing company. There I worked with the Battery Engineering team to produce, test, and characterize silicon-anode batteries made with Sila’s material. I have also had co-op experiences in other industries including anticounterfeit technology and oil and gas research. My career ambitions include engineering a sustainable future through the development of energy storage technology. Outside of my work and education, I enjoy attending concerts, playing guitar, and snowboarding.

Aidan's research

Ultrasonic imaging of Li ion batteries
 

Contact

aidan.luscombe@dal.ca

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Divya Rathore

Hometown: Rajgarh, India
Program: Mechanical Engineering (Visiting Student)
Joined: January 2020

 

I am a final year student at BITS Pilani, India pursuing an integrated Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Physics. I worked on several heat transfer projects at my university and did research internships at Purdue University, in the U.S. and National Central University, Taiwan where I worked on Li-ion batteries and solid oxide electrolyzer cells respectively. I love working towards understanding and developing sustainable methods of generating and utilizing energy. I enjoy traveling and reading in my free time. Coffee is also always a good idea!

Divya's research

Core shell cathode materials
 

Contact

dv972446@dal.ca

Research Assistants

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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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