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Advances in electric car battery research to be presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting

University of Waterloo

Lithium-sulfur batteries promise to extend the range of electric cars at least three times over current lithium ion cells and at much less cost, making electric cars practical and mass marketable.

Linda Nazar, professor of chemistry from University of Waterloo's Faculty of Science, will present a perspective on the promise and reality of lithium-sulphur batteries at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in San Jose, California. She will highlight recent innovations in nanomaterial strategies and new electrolytes that can help these future-generation energy storage systems realize their potential in emerging markets.

WHAT: Nazar's talk, New Materials and Approaches for Advanced Batteries, is part of the Next-Generation Batteries for Mobile Devices and the Grid symposium

WHEN: Saturday, February 14, 2015: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. PST

WHERE: AAAS Annual Meeting, Room 230B, San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street, San José, California.

Professor Nazar and her research group are best known for reigniting interest in the lithium-sulphur battery by proving that such a battery is possible. Recently, her group resolved a major technical hurdle by developing the first high-performance sulphur cathode with the use of manganese dioxide nanosheets.

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Linda Nazar is a Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is a member of BASF's Research Network on Electrochemistry and Batteries and serves as a lead scientist on the US Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research.

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