Yan Wang
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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 Circuit News
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Yan Wang, the William B. Smith Professor of Mechanical Engineering has developed an innovative lithium-ion battery recycling technique. His work is featured in this report by The Circuit News about National Science Foundation-funded research.

Yahoo! News
Groundbreaking study makes huge discovery about recycled lithium-ion batteries

“This research shows that recycled materials can electrochemically match or outperform pristine, state-of-the-art cathode materials from tier 1 suppliers.” Yan Wang, William B. Smith Professor of Mechanical Engineering, explains the findings of a study he contributed to which found robust performance potential for recycled lithium-ion batteries.


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