Saturday February 11, 2017

Pioneering Canadian lithium-ion battery scientist wins Herzberg Gold Medal

Dr. Jeff Dahn from Dalhousie University wins the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Enginering for his work on rechargeable batteries.

Dr. Jeff Dahn from Dalhousie University wins the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Enginering for his work on rechargeable batteries. (Martin Lipman / NSERC)

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Actors have the Oscars. Pop stars have the Grammys. Writers have the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here in Canada, scientists have the Herzberg. 

The winner of this year's Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering is Dr. Jeff Dahn from Dalhousie University, a pioneer in lithium-ion battery research. 

For the past couple of decades, the professor of physics and atmospheric science, has been working to make rechargeable batteries more energy dense, cheaper, and longer lasting.

In 2016, Dr. Dahn joined forces with Tesla as the NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair. Together they are attempting to create car batteries that will last decades. 

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