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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.

Our new headquarters

Part of the group during visit by Prof. Zempachi Ogumi in May 2014.


September 7, 2016

Prof. Linda Nazar has been selected as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher!

July 1, 2016

Welcome Agnieszka Starobrat joining our group!
Agnieszka is a inernational visiting graduate student from University of Warsaw through the international collaboration between WIN of UWaterloo and the University of Warsaw Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MISMaP College) in Warsaw, Poland. We hope you enjoy the 3-month staying in our group!

June 17, 2016

Prof. Linda Nazar was appointed University Professor!

The University of Waterloo honoured Canada Research Chair Linda Nazar with the title University Professor at this year’s Spring Convocation for her outstanding career achievements in Solid State Materials and advanced battery research. The rare title is reserved for Waterloo’s most internationally preeminent faculty...
University news release

May 31, 2016

Congratulations to Quanquan Pang who was selected into the Finalists of the 2016 Reaxys® PhD Prize!

The Reaxys PhD Prize recognizes young chemists conducting original and innovative research in organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry. Selected from nearly 450 submissions from around the globe, these 45 talented chemists join the Reaxys Prize Club, a community of inspiring minds making meaningful contributions to chemistry. All 45 finalists are invited to present their research at the 2016 Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium, September 22 and 23, 2016, in London, at New Scientist Live.
Read more here

May 13, 2016

Congratulations to Abhinandan Shyamsunder who successfully defended his M.S. thesis!

May 1, 2016

Welcome Valentin Gougeon and Youenn Pointel joining our group!

April 12, 2016

Congratulations to Robert Black who successfully defended his PHD thesis with a PHD award!

External examiner: Prof. Lynden Archer from Cornell University.
Robert Now works at Ioxus Inc. in USA. Congrats!

November 4, 2015

Congratulations to Brian Adams who successfully defended his PHD thesis!

External examiner: Dr. Nenad Markovic, Senior Chemist and Group Leader at the Materials Science Division of Argonne National Labs.
Brian now works at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Congrats!

September 26, 2016

Congratulations to Diane Houtarde who successfully defended her M.S. thesis!
Now Diane is working as a research engineer in France.

July 1, 2015

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

April 20, 2015

Congratulations to Connor Hart who successfully defended his M.S. thesis!

January 12, 2015

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.
University news release
Toronto Star report

June 18, 2014

Prof. Linda Nazar has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.

Student Awards

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:
Brian Adams
Robert Black

Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN) Fellowship:
Brian Adams
Robert Black
Connor Hart
Xiaoqi Sun

April 11, 2014

Dr. Marine Cuisinier and Quanquan Pang presented their work at the BASF meeting in Germany.

April 3, 2014

Congratulations to Quanquan Pang who successfully defended his M.S. thesis!

April 1, 2014

Brian Adams was awarded the Lab Cup for his great achievements in the lab.

Congratulations, Brian!

February 6, 2014

Congratulations to Kaitlin Town who successfully defended her M.S. thesis!

January 7, 2014

Brian Adams presented his work as a poster at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) meeting.

May 3, 2013

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."
Full Story

August 23, 2012

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.
Full Story

March 30, 2012

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.
Full News Release

February 24, 2012

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.

September 20, 2011

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

May 30, 2011

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.