University Professor and WIN member Linda Nazar, from the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Chemical Institute of Canada's (CIC) highest honour - the 2019 CIC Medal for her outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry in Canada. She is best known for her advancements in battery systems and clean energy storage.
Recently, Nazar and her postdoctoral fellow Chun Xia and PhD student Chun Yuen Kwok were named a finalist in the Energy (individual) category of the 2018 World Technology Awards for their for their breakthrough towards creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery.
She is widely recognized for her pioneering work on energy storage materials with topics that span Li-S and Li-O2 batteries; Li-ion, Na-ion, Mg-ion and Zn-ion batteries, solid state electrolytes, and the role that nanotechnology plays in energy materials science.
Her work has earned her a place on the Web of Science’s 2014, 2016 and 2017 Highly Cited Researcher Lists. Last year, she was named a Clarivate Analytics' (formerly Thomson-Reuters) Highly Cited Researcher in both the fields of Chemistry and Materials Science.
Nazar is the recipient of several academic and professional honors and awards, including the Electrochemistry Society Battery Division Research Award (2009), the Rio Tinto Alcan Award for Electrochemistry (2010); the International Battery Association award (2011), the IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering award (2011), the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofman Lecture award (German Chemical Society, 2013), and the International Lithium Battery Association award (2017).
She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds the Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials. She is also a member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy and member of BASF’s Research Network on Electrochemistry and Batteries.
Nazar will receive her award at the annual CSC Conference in Quebec City this June, where she will also give a plenary address.