Mark N. Obrovac



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Phone: 902-494-4060
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6243 Alumni Crescent
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Materials for energy storage
  • Materials Synthesis
  • Advanced Li-ion battery materials
  • Metal-ion batteries
  • Magnesium batteries
  • Sodium ion batteries
  • Electrochemistry


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


Research interests

My lab conducts research and development of advanced battery materials and new synthesis methods. We design new materials that can store large amounts of energy for next generation Li-ion and beyond Li-ion batteries. This includes the design and synthesis of new chemistries and highly engineered particles with core/shell structures, internal porosity, embedded nanoparticles, composition gradients, external coatings, etc. We also develop new synthesis and manufacturing methods that can produce highly complex active particles for Li-ion batteries sustainably and at a large scale.

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

  • Lituo Zheng, M.D.L Garayt, and M.N. Obrovac, Engineered Particle Synthesis by Dry Particle Microgranulation, Cell Reports Physical Science, 1 (2020) 100063.
  • Lituo Zheng, Congxiao Wei, M.D.L. Garayt, Judy MacInnis, and M.N. Obrovac, Spherically Smooth Cathode Particles by Mechanofusion Processing, J. Electrochem. Soc., 166 (2019) A2924.
  • Yidan Cao, T. D. Hatchard, R. A. Dunlap, and M. N. Obrovac, Mechanofusion-derived Si-alloy/graphite composite electrode materials for Li-ion batteries, J. Mater. Chem. A, 7 (2019) 8335.
  • Yidan Cao, J. Craig Bennett, R.A. Dunlap and M.N. Obrovac, A Simple Synthesis Route for High-Capacity SiOx Anode Materials with Tunable Oxygen Content for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Chemistry of Materials, 30 (2018) 7418.
  • Leyi Zhao, Xiuyun Zhao, L. Burke, C. Bennett, R.A. Dunlap and M.N. Obrovac, Voronoi Tessellated Graphite Produced by Low Temperature Catalytic Graphitization of Renewable Hard Carbon, ChemSusChem., 10 (2017) 3409.