Yan Wang is the William Smith Foundation Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He studied electrochemistry at Tianjin University, China, where he received his undergraduate and a Master degree in 2001, 2004, respectively. His Master thesis was cathode materials for Ni/MH batteries. His doctoral thesis, completed in 2009, was in the group of Derek O. Northwood at University of Windsor, Canada. His research focused on the study of the fundamental corrosion mechanism of metallic bipolar plates for PEM fuel cells. As a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Yet-Ming Chiang at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he studied ultra-high energy density microbatteries, which was funded by DARPA. Since 2010 he has been on the mechanical faculty at WPI, where his research is in the field of fundamental electrochemistry and electrochemistry-based technologies including electrolysis, lithium ion batteries, solid electrolyte, battery recycling, etc. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, applied 10 patents and co-founded Battery Resourcers Inc (focus on lithium ion battery recycling) and AM Batteries LLC (focus on electrode fabrication with additive manufacturing). His research is currently being funded by DOE, NSF, USABC, WPI CR3, Argonne National Laboratory, Mass Clean Energy Center, and a few companies.
Calling it a “breakthrough process,” WCVBTV-Boston’s “Cutting Edge” segment, featured Yan Wang, William Smith Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who developed a groundbreaking process for recycling lithium-ion batteries.
Boston 25 featured a report on the university becoming an inaugural member of ReCell, the first U.S. Department of Energy center focused on lithium-ion battery recycling. Yan Wang, William Smith Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was noted for developing the groundbreaking process for recycling lithium-ion batteries that can recover and reuse cathode materials regardless of their chemistry, will lead the project.