Yan Wang

The William Smith Foundation Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Items in Yan Wang's office

In each issue of the Journal we introduce you to members of the faculty through items they have in their offices.

Yan Wang

1. Vial

My major research is to develop materials for electrochemical devices (batteries) to power portable electronics, electric vehicles, and energy storage. The black powder in the vial is the cathode materials synthesized in my laboratory at Washburn Shops.

2. Name Tags

As a faculty member, I often go to different conferences to present our research. I have collected about 100 name tags in my office.

3. PhD Thesis

My PhD work involved developing metallic bipolar plates for PEM fuel cells. However, after I finished my PhD work, there was less opportunity on fuel cells so I switched to working on lithium-ion batteries. The fundamental background for both fuel cells and batteries is electrochemistry, which is my undergraduate major.

4. Photo

This photo is a gift from my students. When I received tenure a few years ago, the students prepared this gift and each of them wrote some nice words.

5. Coin Cells

This is one of the coin cells that my group uses to test the electrochemical performance of synthesized battery materials. Each year my group assembles and tests 5,000-10,000 such coin cells.

6. Batteries

The cathode materials in these lithium-ion batteries are made from recycled materials. My group is a pioneer group working on lithium-ion battery recycling, and we have successfully developed a closed-loop process. The technology is licensed to Ascend Elements, which is one of the major lithium-ion battery recycling companies in the nation.

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