uWaterloo professor receives $3M in industry funding to create greener battery

September 22, 2016

A University of Waterloo professor has received $3M from Vancouver’s Newtech Power Inc to co-develop a greener, cheaper, and more efficient battery. Zhongwei Chen, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy and a professor in uWaterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering, will use the funding to help create a next-generation lithium-ion rechargeable battery that “could be on the market within three or four years,” according to uWaterloo. “A silicon-based lithium-ion battery could make dramatic improvements in powering hybrid and electric vehicles,” said Chen. “Demand is high for a next-generation battery and the potential market is huge.” uWaterloo