Karim Zaghib

Université Concordia

Karim Zaghib is a world-renowned scientist specializing in electrochemistry, rechargeable batteries (lithium-ion and solid-state), carbon, energy transition and transport electrification. His benchmark scientific publications in these fields have influenced generations of researchers. He is regularly invited to participate in international conferences as an expert speaker to address issues and share his vision concerning energy storage and new battery technologies. Since 2022, he has been Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Concordia University and Director of the Collaborative Centers on Energy and its Transition, following a 28-year career at Hydro-Québec.

As General Manager of materials development research for lithium-ion batteries at Hydro-Québec, he helped make the company the first in the world to use lithium iron phosphate (LFP) in cathodes, and to develop natural graphite and nanotitanate anodes. These technologies are used by Tesla, Ford, Mercedes, BMW, CAT and BYD, among others. Dr. Zaghib pioneered the first dual-electrode photobattery and high MWh energy storage based on LFP/graphite, in a joint venture with Sony and Hydro-Québec. Dr. Zaghib has also made significant contributions to electrothermics, ionic liquids and molten salts. The team’s latest advances, made in collaboration with universities, research centers and companies, pave the way for the next generation of electric vehicle batteries and energy storage solutions, a field in which Quebec and Canada are well placed to play a leading role.

He is co-author of 450 publications, 970 patents and 62 licenses. His H-index is 87 with 25,896 citations.