Meet Our Team

2022 - 2023 Committee Members

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Gillian Hawes

President

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Gillian is a PhD candidate in her 3rd year in Dr. Michael Pope’s 2D Materials and Electrochemical Devices Group. Her doctoral work focuses on the design of high capacity, stable sulfur cathodes and protection of lithium metal anodes for improved cycle life of lithium-sulfur batteries, with previous side projects including the development of laser induced graphene supercapacitors. Her main interests in electrochemistry focus on next generation battery chemistries with high energy density and long cycle life, prepared from abundant and inexpensive materials.

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Moin Ahmed

Vice President - External Affairs

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Moin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Professor Zhongwei Chen. His current research area focuses on the application of electrochemical models and artificial intelligence for the design, development, and management of lithium-ion battery technology. He also has previous research experience in the use of various (1D and 2D) nanomaterials to improve the cycling performance of aqueous lithium-ion batteries.

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Mariam Gad

Vice President - Internal Affairs

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Mariam is a PhD candidate in Dr. Michael Pope's 2D Materials and Electrochemical Devices Group. Her research focuses on developing a new generation of lithium-ion batteries using a silicon-based anode coupled with a solid electrolyte and a commercially available cathode. She aims at developing a scalable procedure with abundant and non-toxic materials.

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Mohammadali Emadi

Outreach Coordinator

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Mohammad is a PhD student in his 2nd year in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Professor Eric Croiset. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s program in mechanical engineering and has expertise in multigeneration energy systems with fuel cells as the prime mover. His doctoral work in general focuses on the fabrication of perovskite cells for solid oxide electrolysis. At the moment, he is working on the different material synthesis methods and cell fabrication techniques.

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Vipin Kumar Singh

Media Chair

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Vipin is a PhD candidate doing research on improving the electrode and electrolyte architecture for solid state batteries under the supervision of Prof. Linda F. Nazar in the Department of chemistry. My research involves the synthesis of novel solid electrolytes and studying their modes of degradation and ageing, with alkali-based metals and high voltage cathode materials

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Elizabeth Esther Miller

Treasurer

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Elizabeth is a MASc candidate in Dr. Michael Pope’s 2D Materials and Electrochemical Devices Group. Her work focuses on the applications of graphene and its derivative materials in vanadium redox flow batteries. She is applying novel coating techniques in order to achieve high quality monolayers of these materials to be used in her own research in addition to a collaboration between uWaterloo and the University of Calgary.