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LONGER-LIFE BATTERIES ARE KEY TO EV ADOPTION
At its research facility in Halifax, Novonix is developing advanced battery materials and technology, and using a technique called coulometry that speeds up testing.
“We’re focused on supporting longer-life battery applications,” said Chris Burns, CEO and co-founder. “That’s the critical linchpin in vehicles and energy support systems.”
The 34-year-old’s parents were engineers, and he grew up interested in science and technology. He studied physics at Dalhousie University in Halifax and worked with professor Jeff Dahn, a pioneer in advanced lithium-ion battery materials.
“I could take my efforts in physics and direct them to something that felt impactful,” Burns said. “It was the early days of this age of [vehicle] electrification, and I saw the opportunity to be part of this exciting sector.”