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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Are Batteries and Fuel Cells ready for All-Electric Vehicles?


Jeffery Dahn, Dalhousie University

Hybrid electric vehicles have arrived, but they lack a substantial all-electric range. The anticipated next generation of “plug-in” hybrids, however, will have batteries that can deliver up to 60 km of all-electric driving. They will potentially eliminate the consumption of gasoline on short commutes.

But how much further can hybrid and battery technologies be pushed to deliver extended driving range at an affordable cost? What are realistic goals for all-electric vehicles? How do battery and fuel-cell technologies compare and measure up, and is Canada’s R&D effort focused on the most promising technologies?

Professor Jeffery Dahn is one of Canada’s leading materials researchers and a pioneer in the development of the lithium-ion battery that is now used worldwide in laptop computers and cell phones. With more than 340 papers and 48 patents to his credit, he is a prolific contributor to the fundamental understanding of new battery and fuel cell electrode materials and chemistries. A full Professor in the Department of Physics and Chemistry at Dalhousie University, Dr. Dahn holds the NSERC/3M Canada Industrial Research Chair in Materials for Advanced Batteries and the Canada Research Chair in Materials for Batteries and Fuel Cells. His awards include an NSERC Synergy Prize (2003) and the British Columbia Science Council Gold Medal for “Solutions through Research” (1996).

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--the Speaker of the Senate
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday January 29 2009
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday January 26, 2009