Anu Adamson and Shipeng Jia Receive 2024 Canada Section Student Award

Congratulations to the 2024 ECS Canada Section Student Award winners, Anu Adamson, Dalhousie University, for her contributions to the understanding and eliminating self-discharge in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries, and Shipeng Jia, McGill University, for contributions to the field of electrochemistry and energy storage materials and excellent achievements in advancing sodium and lithium-ion battery research.

Award winners

Anu Adamson is an intern at Northvolt and PhD candidate in Chemistry at Dalhousie University, co-supervised by Dr. Michael Metzger and Dr. Jeff Dahn. Her research centers on the investigation of electrolytes and inactive components of lithium-ion batteries. Findings from her recent discovery that the PET tape commonly utilized in commercial lithium-ion batteries to hold the electrode stack or jellyroll together can dissolve during battery operation, resulting in a reversible redox shuttle that causes self-discharge, were published in Nature Materials and featured in media outlets across 15 countries, including major news channels such as CBC and ZDF in Germany. Adamson’s BSc and MSc research at Tartu Ülikool focused on sodium-ion batteries. Currently, I am Her goal is to gain insights into the European battery industry and contribute to developing lithium-ion batteries with diverse applications.

Shipeng Jia is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. McCalla, with committee members Profs. Mauzeroll and Bohle. His achievements in advancing sodium and lithium-ion battery research have been marked by the development of a groundbreaking high-throughput electrochemical system aligned with green and sustainable goals. This innovative engineering breakthrough enables rapid material screening and battery performance assessment, leading to the discovery of novel battery materials. A significant portion of his research focuses on the sustainable Fe/Mn-based system for sodium-ion batteries, harnessing abundant resources and environmentally friendly features. He also strives to improve the air stability of cathode materials in sodium-ion batteries for battery commercialization assisted with machine learning. Jia completed his BSc at the Southern University of Science and Technology, China. His research has been published in journals including Energy & Environmental Science, Advanced Energy Materials, and Journal of Chemistry Materials A. His collaborations with industry leaders, Samsung and Umicore, resulted in two patents. He received the FRQNT Scholarship, Molson and Hilton Hart Fellowship, Alexander McFee Memorial Award, Clark Science Executive Leadership Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Chinese Government Award for Outstanding SelfFinanced Students Abroad, and inclusion in the CAS Future Leader Global TOP 100.

ECS Canada Section Student Award

The Canada Section Student Award was established in 1987 to recognize promising young engineers and scientists and to promote careers in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology. Each year, the ECS Canada Section recognizes a deserving PhD student from a Canadian university for academic achievements in our multi-disciplinary fields.

The nomination deadline for the ECS Canada Section Student Award is February 28, annually.

ECS Honors & Awards Program

The Society recognizes outstanding technical achievements in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology through its robust awards program. These opportunities highlight the contributions of our scientific community’s many deserving members. Learn more and submit a nomination!


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