Dal Alert!

Receive alerts from Dalhousie by text message.


Mark N. Obrovac

Professor; NSERC/3M Canada Ltd. Industrial Research Chair in Battery Materials


Related information

Department of Chemistry , Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science

Email: Mark.Obrovac@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4060
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Physical chemistry
  • Materials
  • Synthesis
  • Energy
  • Advanced battery materials
  • Metal-ion batteries
  • Magnesium batteries
  • Sodium ion batteries
  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy storage


  • BSc, Simon Fraser University
  • MSc, Dalhousie University
  • PhD, Dalhousie University
  • PDF, Cornell University


Research interests

We develop new practical battery chemistries based on low-cost and abundant materials, such as sodium and magnesium. This includes the synthesis and characterization of new intercalation materials, nanostructured compounds, amorphous metal alloys and non-aqueous electrolytes for use in advanced batteries.

Selected awards and honours

  • Harry Shirreff Prize for Excellence in Research in Chemistry (2014)
  • 3M Corporate Level Circle of Technical Excellence and Innovation Award (2006)
  • 3M Division Level Circle of Technical Excellence and Innovation Award (2006)
  • 3M Division Level Circle of Technical Excellence and Innovation Award (2005)

Selected publications

  • M.N. Obrovac* and V.L. Chevrier, Alloy Negative Electrodes for Li-Ion Batteries, Chem. Rev. 114 (2014) 11444.
  • R. Fielden and M. N. Obrovac*, Low Voltage Sodium Intercalation in NaxNix/2Ti1-x/2O2 (0.5 ≤ x ≤ 1.0), (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2014, 161, A1158-A1163.)
  • Zhijia Du, R.A. Dunlap, and M.N. Obrovac*, Investigation of the reversible sodiation of Sn foil by ex-situ X-ray diffractometry and Mössbauer effect spectroscopy, (J. Alloys Compd., 2014, 617, 271-276.)
  • J. S. Thorne, S. Chowdhury, R. A. Dunlap and M. N. Obrovac*, Structure and Electrochemistry of NaxFexTi1-xO2 (1.0 ≥ x ≥ 0.75) for Na-Ion Battery Positive Electrodes, (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2014, 161, A1801-A1805.)
  • T.T. Tran, W.M. Lamanna, M.N. Obrovac*, Evaluation of Mg[N(SO2CF3)(2)](2)/Acetonitrile Electrolyte for Use in Mg-Ion Cells, (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2012, 159 A2005-A2009.)