Obrovac Lab recieves NSERC/Novonix Alliance Grant Funding Award

Dr. Mark Obrovac, a Professor in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science, is the recipient of a $3.3 million research funding award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Novonix, a world-class battery materials and technology company, for research that will help revolutionize the way batteries are made. 


“I am excited to embark on this new research program. Rarely do we find paths that lead to materials that are not only more sustainable and less expensive, but also potentially have improved characteristics over current materials. The possibilities for new materials synthesis are enormous for the battery field and in other fields too. I am looking forward to continue our exciting to work with Novonix in this new research program, especially in bringing these discoveries out of the lab and into industrial use which presents new challenges as these processes are utilized on a larger scale.”

- Dr. Mark Obrovac, Professor, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University 

Novonix has been thrilled with the caliber of work from Dr. Obrovac and his team and look forward to another five years of collaborative research. Dr. Obrovac’s goals of developing new processes and materials for cheaper, cleaner and higher performance batteries aligns with Novonix’s business objectives. Novonix is currently investing in scaling up technology developed in Dr. Obrovac’s lab and sees much more opportunity to come through this new research program.”

- Dr. Chris Burns, CEO, Novonix


Obrovac Lab Discovers Breakthrough in Battery Materials Synthesis

The Obrovac lab has discovered a method called dry particle microgranulation (DPMG) in which Li-ion battery cathode and anode materials may be made at 100% yields with no waste using a dry process. DPMG is described in the paper

DPMG, its discovery, how it works, and how it can impact the battery materials industry is described in the following video:


Group Hiking in Aug. 2018

Obrovac lab went to Cape Split in N.S. for hiking. Nice weather and nice trip.

Battery conference in Jun. 2018

Obrovac lab attended the 19th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries in Kyoto, Japan. (Attendees: Prof. M.N. Obrovac, Ben Scot, Yijia Liu, Simeng Cao, Yidan Cao, Zilai Yan, Haonan Yu, Leyi Zhao)

Obrovac lab invents new type of cell to accurately measure coulombic efficiency, 2017 Sept.

(doi: 10.1149/2.0431713jes)

New type of battery grade graphite made from hard carbon at 1000°C, 2017 Aug.

(doi: 10.1002/cssc.2017012 11)

Carbon conference in Sept. 2017

Leyi Zhao attended the 28th International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Battery conference in Aug. 2017

Lituo Zheng attended the 68th anual meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry in Rhode Island, US.


Group Trip in Jul. 2017

We visited McNabs island, again! Lots of fun.


Battery conference in Jun. 2017

Lithium Battery Discussion (LIBD) was held in Arcachon, France


Battery Conference in Mar. 2017

The International Battery Association (IBA) 2017 was held in Nara, Japan


Battery Conference in Jun. 2016

The 18th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries was held in Chicago, IL, USA


Battery Conferences in Oct. 2015

The 228th ECS Meeting and 2nd International Conference on Sodium Batteries were held in Phoenix, AZ 


Lithium Battery Discussions "Electrode Materials" 2015

The LiBD-7 Conference in Arcachon, France was well attended by the Obrovac lab.
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Review of Alloy Negative Electrodes Featured on the Cover of Chemical Reviews

Review of alloy negative electrodes by M.N. Obrovac and V.L. Chevrier published in Chemical Reviews.

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Dr. Mark Obrovac Receives 2014 Harry Shirreff Prize

Dr. Mark Obrovac receives the 2014 Harry Shirreff Prize awarded by the Dalhousie University Chemistry Department.
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Annual Chemistry Gala

Past and present members of the Obrovac group attend the annual Chemistry Gala.
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226th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society

Members of the Obrovac group present their work at the 226th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Cancun, Mexico.
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Obrovac group visits McNab's Island

Members of the Obrovac group visit McNab's Island in Halifax Harbour.
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17th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries

Zack Brown, Ryan Fielden, and Dr. Obrovac attend the 17th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries in Como, Italy.
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Honors Student Mary Purcell wins SCI Canadian Section Merit Award

Mary Purcell won the Society of Chemical Industry, Canadian Section, Merit Award for the top First Class Honours project for her work on the C-Zn system.
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224th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society

Members of the Obrovac group present their work at the 224th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society. Pictured are Tuan Tran (now at Tesla Motors), Mary Purcell, John Thorne, and Lauren MacEachern.
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Obrovac Lab Visits Peggy's Cove

The Obrovac group visits Peggy's Cove, NS for some Summer fun. Pictured are Kalani Periyapperuma, Andrew Yao (summer student), Aaron Windsor (summer student), and Thushan Pathirana (research assistant).
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Cape Split Camping Trip

Members of the Obrovac group travel to Cape Split for a summer camping trip.
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