Our research

Arrow Graph of Electrochemical Energy

Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research on electrochemical energy storage and conversion materials and systems, The Ontario Battery and Electrochemistry-research Centre (OBEC) researchers aim to aim to create sustainable energy solutions for transportation, residential and industrial applications.

Advanced materials and their functions

OBEC researchers are examining the design and function of advanced materials to enhance the following electrochemical energy storage technologies:

  • Batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Supercapacitors
  • Hydrogen production and storage
  • CO2 capture and conversion
  • Sensors

Professor Michael Pope's collaboration with e-Zinc

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Professor Michael Pope Research Interests

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An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Waterloo aims to tackle CO2 emissions in the value chain by transforming CO2 into valuable chemicals needed by industry.  
Supported by BMO, the research focuses on the use of green hydrogen to capture CO2 from power plants as well as the iron, steel, and cement industries, and convert it into useful gases via reverse water gas shift reaction. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Students compete to advance EV power

A team from the University of Waterloo has won a place in the Battery Workforce Challenge. It is a new three-year student competition that launches in fall 2023 to challenge universities from across North America to design, build, test and integrate an advanced electric vehicle (EV) battery pack in a Stellantis vehicle. The first year of the competition focuses on the design of the battery pack, the second year on the implementation of the design, and the final year on working to integrate the battery pack into a Stellanis vehicle.

As automobile manufacturers continue their pivot to electric vehicles (EVs), the days of the internal combustible engine are ending — and sooner than you think. In Canada, the sale of new gas-powered vehicles will end in 2035. South of the border, the U.S. is set to end the sale of new gas-powered light vehicles as early as 2025.