Nazar lab’s research focus encompasses complex material synthesis, physical and structural characterization, electrochemical testing and electrode design for various energy storage devices. Promising new directions particularly lie in nanomaterials. They offer the possibility of moving into the realm of high-capacity systems that operate on the basis of intimate contact of the redox active components. The research employs a range of physical chemistry techniques, including ex-situ and in-situ studies involving X-ray/neutron diffraction, Raman microprobe and NMR spectroscopies, combined with fundamental electrochemical studies used to examine the underlying processes in solids. We are a multidisciplinary group consisting of students enrolled in the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Prof. Linda Nazar was named an Officer of the Order of Canada
Prof. Linda Nazar was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
for her contributions as a materials chemist who has developed advanced battery systems for clean-energy storage.
The Order of Canada is one of the country's highest civilian honours.
University news release
Canadian government news release
Waterloo chemists try sulfur to boost electrics
Chemistry Professor Linda Nazar and her research team have discovered that a nanosheet of manganese dioxide can be used in a
lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery to dramatically boost its performance. Their research paper appeared in Nature Communications.
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Toronto Star report
Prof. Linda Nazar has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.
The following awards are currently held by students in the group
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (NSERC CGS-D),
University of Waterloo President's Graduate Scholarship:
Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN) Fellowship:
Dr. Marine Cuisinier and Quanquan Pang presented their work at the BASF meeting in Germany.
Congratulations to Quanquan Pang who successfully defended his M.S. thesis!
Brian Adams was awarded the Lab Cup for his great achievements in the lab.
Congratulations to Kaitlin Town who successfully defended her M.S. thesis!
Brian Adams presented his work as a poster at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) meeting.
Waterloo research into new battery technology receives government support
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced today that it is awarding $1.8 million over four years to Professor Nazar for
her work titled High Energy Density Storage for Automotive Applications. Partnerships on the project include Hydro-Québec,
the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning, and BASF (SE).
"The funding from Natural Resources Canada allows us to expand our electrochemical energy storage laboratory here at Waterloo to explore beyond lithium-ion batteries using nanotechnology and completely different approaches to battery chemistry," said Professor Nazar, a Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials. "This research is high-risk, but it has the potential to create batteries with much greater storage capacity and at lower costs."
Building better batteries.
Featured on the Waterloo Stories.
Canada Research Chair Linda Nazar is turning her attention to lithium-sulfur (Li-S) and lithium-oxygen
(Li-O2) batteries. Because of their energy density, they have the potential to achieve a far higher energy
density than their lithium-ion counterparts.
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Nazar, Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials
Received: $1.4 million over seven years (Renewal)
One of the greatest challenges to the sustainable energy field is adequate storage. For 15 years, Nazar has focused her research on developing new materials to store and deliver energy at a high rate. This ongoing work is exploring the potential of nanotechnology to improve rechargeable batteries, like those used in plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Canada Research Chairs is a federally funded program that is part of a strategy to make Canada one of
the top research and development countries in the world. The program invests $300 million annually to
attract and retain to top researchers in the world.
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Power Packed: Interview with Dr. Linda Nazar in the Globe and Mail
Please see the following link to an article in The Globe and Mail titled "Power Packed". The article is an interview with Dr. Linda Nazar
on the topic of battery packs for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Dr. Linda Nazar Elected to Royal Society of Canada
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Nazar who has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Press release: http://www.bulletin.uwaterloo.ca/2011/sep/09fr.html
Dr. Nazar chosen for 2011 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Award
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Nazar for being named one of the recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Woman in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award as part of the ACS Challenge Grant-International Year of Chemistry Celebration. The Distinguished Women will be honored at a special ceremony during the IUPAC World Congress to be held in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. As part of the recognition for this honor, there will be a brochure that will feature all of the Distinguished Women and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Award in Chemistry.