Member Profiles

Graduate Students

Anu Adamson

Hometown: Tartu, Estonia
Program: Ph.D. in Chemistry
Joined: September 2021

 

I graduated with a BSc and MSc from the University of Tartu with my research focusing on sodium-ion batteries, more specifically on hard carbon anodes and layered oxide cathodes. I am very excited to be working in the Jeff Dahn Research Group to contribute to solving real-life issues involving lithium-ion batteries, my current research being focused on positive electrode materials. When I am not working or studying, I enjoy playing the piano, reading literature from different corners of the world, and discovering new cuisines and places!

Anu's Research

Cathode materials research

 

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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

Ethan Alter

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

 

I received my BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2019, during which I completed a number of battery-related internships. These include lithium-ion degradation research at Tesla, research on lithium-sulfur materials in Singapore, and commercial fast charging protocol development at an EV startup in California. Before joining the Dahn Group, I worked at a niobium-anode startup in the UK and started writing for a battery industry newsletter called Intercalation Station. My current research focusses on the study of electrolyte degradation mechanisms in lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. In my spare time I like to watch extremely detailed YouTube videos about theme park rides.

Ethan's Research

High voltage performance of Li-ion cells

Contact

ethan.alter@dal.ca
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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

Tom Bötticher

Hometown: Münster, Germany
Program: Chemistry M. Sc.
Joined: June 2022

 

I completed my B. Sc. (2020) in Chemistry at the University of Kiel and am now a M. Sc. Chemistry student at the University of Muenster (WWU). During my studies, I took different battery and electrochemistry courses and worked at Volkswagen's Battery R&D Department on the thermal analysis of battery cell components. My research as a visiting student in the Dahn Lab focuses on improving the understanding of electrolytes and the self-discharge of LFP cells. My overall goal is to help make the world more sustainable. I believe that batteries will play a big role in the ongoing shift to renewables, which is necessary to fight climate change. In my spare time I work as a science communicator, graphic designer, and video editor. I create and host content on different science related social media channels.  

Tom's research

 Electrolyte development and LFP degradation analysis
 

Contact

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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

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

Jay Deshmukh


Hometown: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Program: M.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering
Joined: September 2021

 

I completed my B.Eng. chemical engineering at Dalhousie University (2021), during which I did co-op terms and research projects on silicon nanowires arrays for PV at Dr. Michael Freund group, CCUS at CarbonCure Technologies, and Co-Fe temperature-sensitive nanoparticles at Dr. Martin Mkandawire group. My current research focuses on developing “Desalination Batteries” – novel intercalation mechanism-based energy-efficient devices for water desalination. My goal is to help accelerate the transition towards a sustainable future.

When not working or brainstorming start-up ideas, I enjoy football (soccer), running, cycling, inline-speed-skating, walking outdoors, guitar, exchanging ideas or reading about history, geopolitics, energy, tech, etc  

Contact

jay.deshmukh@dal.ca
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Reid Dressler


Hometown: Shields, Saskatchewan
Program: PhD Physics
Joined: September 2021

 

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:
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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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Matthew Garayt

Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Program: MSc in Physics
Joined: September 2021

 

I graduated in 2019 with a BSc in Applied Physics from Simon Fraser University in BC during which I did an 8-month co-op term at E-One Moli Energy, one of the original lithium metal and lithium-ion battery companies. After graduation I did a 4-month summer research term with Prof. Mark Obrovac in Chemistry at Dalhousie where I worked on mechanofusion and dry particle micro-granulation (DPMG). Afterward I returned to E-One Moli Energy as a full-time R&D Technologist for about two years as part of the Cathode Team. I'm excited to learn more about synthesis of materials as well as new and interesting characterization techniques. In my spare time I like to play hockey, go on hikes, and play board and video games.

Contact:

matthew.garayt@dal.ca

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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: PhD Materials Engineering
Joined: September 2020

 

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 then completed my MSc under the supervision of Dr. Dahn in 2020 focusing on the study of the impurity washing process of Ni-rich cathode materials. 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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Chen Liang



Hometown: Anhui, China
Program: PhD Engineering
Joined: December 2021

 

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Safety Engineering in China from the University of Mining and Technology-Beijing and started my Ph.D. at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). At USTC, I worked on structural evolution and thermal stability of electrode materials of LIBs. Now I’m very excited to be a visiting Ph.D. student in Jeff Dahn Research Group, focusing on cathode materials. I enjoy learning new things and I will cherish this wonderful year here!

Contact:

ch475696@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

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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Ben Tang


Hometown: Hunan, China
Program: Ph.D. in Chemistry
Joined: September 2021

 

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Xiangtan University and got my master’s degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). During my time in CAS, I was focusing on designing highly safe electrolytes for high energy density LIBs. Now that I have joined the Dahn lab, I’d like to do my research on something new even though it is challenging and tough. When I’m free would cook some delicious Chinese foods, go hiking to discover something new, or find a place to play Chinese bamboo flute.

Contact

ben.tang@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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Peipei Xu


Hometown: Dezhou, Shandong, China
Program: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Joined: October 2021

 

I will receive my Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology University, China in 2023. During my Ph.D. program, I was focusing on the thermal runaway behavior, fault diagnosis and SOC estimation for lithium battery with different cathode including LFP and high nickel NMC. I am currently a visiting student at the Dahn lab working on studying the thermal stability with different cathode materials and different electrolyte, and proposing improvements to design better cathodes and electrolyte for Li-ion cells.

Contact

pp917522@dal.ca

Svena Yu

Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Program: MASc in Chemical Engineering
Joined: September 2021

 

Just graduated from Engineering Physics, UBC this year. I previously worked in two labs in UBC – Composites Research Network and the Bioproducts Institute. I also worked for a year in Tesla from 2018-9 under the Testing team then the Sensors team. After being heavily involved in design teams in my undergrad, namely UBC Solar and UBC Rocket, I wanted to learn more about batteries and be around people passionate about it so here I am! I can be found in the lab, the climbing gym, or at home.

Contact

svena.yu@dal.ca

Eniko Zsoldos

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Program: PhD in Chemistry
Joined: September 2020

 

I received my undergrad in Nanotechnology Engineering from the University of Waterloo, during which I completed co-op terms at Sila Nanotechnologies working on silicon-based anodes for batteries. I also had the opportunity to experience larger scale manufacturing of lithium-ion cells, by working on dry electrode processing at Tesla in Fremont, CA. Currently, my research in the Dahn lab is focused on high-nickel, cobalt-free cathode materials, specifically measuring and improving the diffusion of lithium ions in these materials. Outside of the lab, I love going rock climbing with my awesome labmates and playing ultimate frisbee. 

Contact

eniko.zsoldos@dal.ca
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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. Ning Zhang

Hometown: Xinxiang, Henan, China
Joined: September 2021
 

I received my Ph.D. degree in Metallurgical Physical Chemistry at Northeastern University, China in 2021. During my Ph.D. program, I spent two years as a visiting student at the Dahn lab working on high nickel low Cobalt/Cobalt-free positive electrode materials, including the synthesis and safety test. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. My research interests mainly include improving the cell's lifetime, reducing the cost in a more environmental-friendly way.

Ning's Research
Cathode materials reasearch

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Undergraduate Students

Alison Clarke

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Program: Bachelor of Science
Joined: May 2022

 

I am going into my final year of combined honours in physics and mathematics here at Dalhousie and will complete my Bachelor of Science degree in April 2023. My previous research has been in the fields of quantum optics and biomedical engineering but my passion for tackling climate change led me to battery research. In the Dahn lab, I work under the supervision of Tina Taskovic to investigate electrolyte composition. Outside of work and school, I enjoy playing sports and travelling.

Alison's Research

Li-ion cell electrolyte

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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

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Research Assistants

Jessie Harlow

Support Staff

Michel Johnson

Lab Manager

Joined: November 2017

 

Contact

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Simon Trussler

Dedicated Machinist

Joined: November 28, 1996
 

Contact

simon.trussler@dal.ca
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