Jeff Dahn

Professor Emeritus, Principal Investigator - NSERC/Tesla Canada/Dalhousie Alliance Grant


Related information

Phone: 902-494-2991
Mailing Address: 
Department of Physics
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Combinatorial and high throughput materials science
  • Advanced battery materials
  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy storage


  • BSc: Dalhousie
  • Master’s: University of British Columbia
  • PhD: University of British Columbia

Research interests

Our work focuses on new electrode materials and electrolytes for lithium ion batteries to improve energy density and lifetime.  Dozens of materials can be synthesized and characterized in parallel using combinatorial and high-throughput methods.

Selected awards and honours

  • 2008 – Nova Scotia Discovery Center "Professional of Distinction" award.
  • 2009 - Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2010 - Rio Tinto Alcan Award from Canadian Insitute of Chemistry
  • 2011 – Battery Division Technology Award, The Electrochemical Society
  • 2012 – Elected a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society

Selected publications

  • “Precision Measurements of the Coulombic Efficiency of Lithium-ion Batteries and of Electrode Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries.” A. J. Smith, J. C. Burns, S. Trussler and Jeff R. Dahn (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2010, 157, A196-A202).
  • “Combinatorial synthesis of mixed transition metal oxides for lithium-ion batteries.” G. H. Carey and Jeff R. Dahn* (ACS Combinatorial Science, 2011, 13, 186-189).
  • “Introducing Symmetric Li-ion Cells as a tool to study cell degradation mechanisms.” J. C. Burns, L. J. Krause, Dinh-Ba Le, L. D. Jensen, A. J. Smith, Deijun Xiong and Jeff R. Dahn* (J. Electrochem. Soc., 2011, 158, A1417-A1422).
  • “A New Design for a Combinatorial Electrochemical Cell Plate and the Inherent Irreversible Capacity of Lithiated Silicon.” M. A. Al-Maghrabi, Nils van der Bosch, R. J. Sanderson, D. A. Stevens, R. A. Dunlap and Jeff R. Dahn* (Electrochemical and Solid State Letters., 2011, 14, A42-A44).
  • “User-Friendly Differential Voltage Analysis Freeware for the Analysis of Degradation Mechanisms in Li-ion Batteries” H. M. Dahn, A. J. Smith, J. C. Burns, D. A. Stevens and Jeff R. Dahn* (accepted for publication in J. Electrochem. Soc.).