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BS Tianjin University, China 2001
MS Tianjin University, China 2004
PhD University of Windsor, Canada 2009
Postdoc Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2010

I am William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Since joining WPI, I have been very active in research. Currently, my lab focuses on the study of new electrodes and materials for energy storage, including lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, flow batteries, battery manufacturing, battery safety and recycle, and fundamental electrochemistry. This research can lead to energy storage with high energy density, high power density, long life, low cost, and high safety. In addition to fundamental research, I have commercialized the technologies developed in my lab.

Professional Highlights & Honors
Chinese Government
The Hill
Battery recycling is key to a clean future

Yan Wang, William Smith Foundation dean’s professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering contributed an opinion piece to The Hill “Battery recycling is key to a clean future." Wang writes increased investment in Recycling processes is paying off but emphasized the need for better public awareness about the importance of battery recycling and how it can offset the need for new mineral extraction or battery production.


Other Inventor(s):
Zhangfeng Zheng, Heng Pan, Brandon Ludwig
Other Inventor(s):
Brandon Ludwig, Yangtao Liu, Heng Pan