We had the incredible opportunity to conduct lithium-ion battery research on the synchrotron beamlines of the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon, as part of the renowned Students on the Beamline program.

In brainstorming research project ideas, I floated studying the degradation of lithium ion batteries, as clean energy and the rise of EVs were really hot topics these past years.

We sourced our sample batteries from a connection at Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) and another set from local Burnaby startup Nano One Materials (TSX: NANO). The batteries used different manufacturing processes and chemistry, giving us an opportunity to identify differences in ion distributions post-cycling.

This research project was much larger than just my individual contributions. Check out the video below for the full presentation.

Here’s a snippet of the poster we released that summarizes much of the results! View the full poster here.