Dr. Karim Zaghib

Professor of Practice, Department of Mining and Material Engineering, McGill University

Dr. Karim Zaghib is a world-renowned scientist who specializes in rechargeable batteries, energy transition and the electrification of transportation. His many seminal scientific publications in these fields have earned him numerous honours and distinctions. Dr. Zaghib is named as an inventor in over 600 patents and 62 licences. He has also authored 420 scientific articles and edited or co-edited nearly 20 monographs, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

As Director of Research at Hydro-Québec, he oversaw their development of materials for lithium-ion batteries and helped make it the world’s first company to commercialize lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode in addition to developing natural graphite and nano-lithium titanate (LTO) anodes. Dr. Zaghib was also one of the pioneers of the first photo-battery with two electrodes and in MWh high- capacity energy storage based on LFP/graphite through a joint-venture collaboration with Sony.

Dr. Zaghib holds a M.S. (1987) and a Ph.D. (1990) in Electrochemistry from the Institut national polytechnique de Grenoble. In 2002, he received the Habilitation degree [H.D.R.] in Physics (Materials Science) from Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (Paris VI) in France.