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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. We 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 and Chemical Engineering.

Our new headquarters

Farewell party for Dr. K.-H. Park at 13 Feb., 2020.

2020 Student Awards

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program (NSERC CGS-D):
Kavish Kaup

University of Waterloo President's Graduate Scholarship:
Kavish Kaup

Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN) Fellowship:
Lauren Blanc
Laidong Zhou


1 December, 2020

Congratulations to Prof. Linda F. Nazar to be awarded with the MRS Metal for 2020 (co-awarded with Prof. Yi Cui at Standford University)

The MRS award recognizes the outstanding contributions to advanced materials design, synthesis and characterization for energy storage, particularly Li battery technologies.

1 December, 2020

Congratulations to Prof. Nazar to be identified as the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list from Web of Science. During the last decade, we have published multiple highly cited papers, which are defined as those ranking in the top 1 % by citations for Chemistry.

29 Apirl, 2020

Congratulations to Prof. Linda F. Nazar to be inducted as Fellow of the Royal Society (London), 2020

Prof. Linda Nazar is among the 60 exceptional scientists selected to be the Fellow and Foreign Members of the Royal Socity, for her outstanding contribution in chemistry. "While election to the Fellowship is a recognition of exceptional individual contributions to the sciences, it is also a network of expertise that can be drawn on to address issues of societal, and global significance," said Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society. "This year’s Fellows and Foreign Members have helped shape the 21st century through their work at the cutting-edge of fields from human genomics, to climate science and machine learning."

27 March, 2019

Congratulations to Marcus Abramovitch to be awarded with the Amit and Meena Chakma Award

Marcus Abramovitch, a PhD candidate in the department of Chemistry, is recognized by students and faculty members for his leadership, patience, and dedication in teaching. A student described Abramovitch’s teaching as exceptional because of “his passion towards the subject and his passion towards his students.” Abramovitch is characterized by his students as “very open and approachable” who often went out of his way to be available and present in his students’ learning. He would “question, probe, and attempt to get the student to explain his/her reasoning for their thoughts instead of simply giving the answer”. Many students reflected that Abramovitch had made a significant impact on their learning personally and made working with him very engaging and beneficial. A faculty member who supervised Abramovitch in his teaching commented that he “put himself 300% into the course material, not just in time, but in effort that was well appreciated by the students”. Additionally, he filled in for six lectures “with aplomb and excellence.” A student highlighted that Abramovitch “went above and beyond the expectations for his role as a TA and even took on teaching the course.”.

29 January, 2019

Congratulations to Prof. Nazar to be honoured with the CIC Medal

The CIC Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada.

28 January, 2019

Congratulations to C. Xia, C. Y. Kwok, and Prof. Nazar to be selected into the Finalists in Energy for the 2018 World Technology Award!

The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the world's most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields. The WTN and its members – those creating the 21st century – are focused on exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies.

27 November, 2018

Congratulations to Prof. Nazar to be identified as the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list from Web of Science. During the last decade, we have published multiple highly cited papers, which are defined as those ranking in the top 1 % by citations for Chemistry and Materials Science.

23 August, 2018
20 July, 2018

Welcome Prof. Peter Khalifah from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory to visit us today!

01 July, 2018

Welcome Kenji Nagao joining our group! We hope you enjoy the stay in our group!

22 June, 2018

Congratulations to Marcus Abramovitch, Kavish Kaup, Se Young Kim, C. Y. Kwok, Erika Paola Ramos Guzman, and Abhinandan Shyamsunder for winning the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN) Fellowship!

01 June, 2018

Welcome Bjorn joining our group! We hope you enjoy the stay in our group!

01 May, 2018

Welcome Arun Muthukkumaran joining our group!

30 April, 2018

Congratulations to Kavish Kaup for winning the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the University of Waterloo President's Graduate Scholarship!

25 April, 2018

Welcome Dr. Faezeh Makhlooghiazad joining our group! Dr. Makhlooghiazad is an international visiting scholar from Deakin University, Australia. We hope you enjoy the 6-month staying in our group!

24 April, 2018

Welcome Dr. Kern Ho Park joining our group!

21 September, 2017

Congratulation to Dr. Xiao Liang for becoming a Professor at Hunan University, China!

31 August, 2017

It is time for Dr. Fabien Lalère to move on with his new career at France. Congratulation!

21 July, 2017

It is time for Dr. Patrick Bonnick to move on with his new career at Ann Arbor, USA. Congratulation!

8 May, 2017

Congratulations to Quanquan Pang who successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis!

3 May, 2017

Congratulations to Xiaoqi Sun who successfully defended her Ph. D. thesis!

7 September, 2016

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

1 July, 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!

17 June, 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

31 May, 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

13 May, 2016

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

1 May, 2016

Welcome Valentin Gougeon and Youenn Pointel joining our group!

12 April, 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!

4 November, 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!

26 September, 2015

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

1 July, 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

20 April, 2015

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

12 January, 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

18 June, 2014

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

11 April, 2014

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

3 April, 2014

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

1 April, 2014

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

Congratulations, Brian!

6 February, 2014

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

7 January, 2014

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

3 May, 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

23 August, 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

30 March, 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

24 February, 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.

20 September, 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

30 May, 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.