Applied Nanomaterials and Clean Energy Laboratory

Based in the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Applied Nanomaterials & Clean Energy Laboratory is a research lab that focuses on the development of unique nanostructured materials for use in clean, sustainable energy technologies. Electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies are at the forefront of modern science and engineering research efforts due to decreasing global fossil fuel supplies and increasing environmental concerns.

In order to provide sustainable energy infrastructures and resources for future generations, significant improvements to the current state of these technologies is imperative. The Applied Nanomaterials & Clean Energy Laboratory’s research interests include nanostructured material developments for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and metal-air batteries. These include nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes and graphenes, unique nanostructured metal and metal oxides, in addition to innovatively combined nanocomposite materials.


Engineering 6 (E6)
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3E9

Areas of Expertise

Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs)
Rechargeable Metal-Air Battery
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Battery Electrode Materials
Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) Battery
Flow Battery
Membrane Research
Nanomaterials Synthesis and Characterization
Next-Generation Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems
– Silicon-Sulfur Battery
– Supercapacitors
– Sodium-Ion Battery/Supercapacitors


Product R&D
Materials R&D

Contact Information


Email: Zhongwei Chen – Director –

Published: September 20, 2021

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