Concordia professor brings the 2026 International Lithium Battery Meeting to Montreal

Karim Zaghib joined Concordia’s Gina Cody School of Computer Engineering this winter — and he’s already getting noticed.

Zaghib, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, was recently named chairman of the 2026 International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB). He is the main force behind the successful offer to host the next global meeting in Montreal.

“I was extremely pleased with the news,” says Zaghib. “This conference will help broaden the reach of the Quebec and Canadian lithium battery ecosystem. It’s exciting to be able to promote Concordia’s focus on green circular economy, sustainability and research to a global audience.

An innovative spirit

Zaghib is no stranger to success.

Before joining Concordia, his research contributed to Quebec’s world-renowned reputation as a pioneer in lithium-ion batteries and innovation. He has already received several awards and achievements throughout his career:

  • Elected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (2011)
  • Elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2017)
  • Recipient of the Lionel-Boulet Prize, the highest distinction awarded by the Government of Quebec to a person with a remarkable career in research in the industrial field (2019)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2021)
  • Recipient of the Kalev Pugi Award from the Society of Chemical Industry Canada (2022)

Zaghib has conducted research in Japan, exploring batteries and energy storage in collaboration with organizations such as the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and Sony.

Arrived in Canada in 1995, he joined the Hydro-Québec Research Institute as Director of Research and took the first steps in the use of lithium-ion phosphate on the planet. He was strategic advisor to the management committee of Investissement Québec until 2021.

Zaghib studied electrochemistry at the University of Sétif in Algeria and later obtained his doctorate from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble in France in 1990. He obtained the habilitation degree in physics (materials science) from the Pierre-et-Marie-Curie University (Paris VI) in France in 2002.

All-in-one on lithium batteries

IMLB is the leading international conference on lithium battery science and technology. The Palais des Congrès in downtown Montreal will host the 2026 event, which will feature talks from industry experts on developments in lithium batteries for energy storage and conversion.

The conference also discusses current and future applications of lithium-ion technologies in the transportation, commercial, aerospace, biomedical and other sectors. It is expected to generate more than $4 million in tourism revenue for the province, attracting more than 1,600 researchers and students from around the world. Montreal last hosted the conference in 2010.

Lithium batteries are becoming a mainstay of electrical and electronic devices because they have the best electrochemical potential compared to other types of batteries – they are lightweight, rechargeable and durable. They are a widely used energy source, powering everything from laptops, cell phones and power tools to telecommunications systems and electric vehicles.

CME’s commitment to sustainability

Concordia’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering is also focused on researching next-generation batteries for a sustainable future. His dedication to exploring electrochemical engineering in a post-carbon world will contribute to IMLB 2026.

Xia Li, assistant professor of chemical and materials engineering and holder of the Concordia University Research Chair in High-Energy Rechargeable Batteries (New Scholar), will also represent the university as a member of the local organizing committee.

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