• Research

    1 – Energy storage system design and manufacturing: Flow batteries; lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries; multivalent intercalation system; metal-sulfur and metal-air batteries
    2 – Battery recycling process design and automation
    3 – Energy storage materials structure-property-performance relationships

    Patent applications
    1. Z. Li, Y.-M. Chiang. Oxygen-breathing aqueous sulfur storage battery. U.S. Application No.: 62/248672.
    2. Y.-M. Chiang, Z. Li, W. H. Woodford, F. Fan, N. Baram, K. C. Smith, W. C. Carter, G. H. MaKinley and A. Helal. Metal sulfide electrodes and energy storage devices thereof. International Patent Application No.: PCT/US2014/014681.
    3. Z. Li, F. Fan, W. H. Woodford, N. Baram, K. C. Smith, Y.-M. Chiang and W. C. Carter. High energy density semi-solid storage electrodes and batteries thereof. U.S. Application No.: 61/789964.
    4. Y.-M. Chiang, A. H. Slocum, W. C. Carter, K. C. Smith, B. J. Hopkins, Z. Li, Frank Fan, Xinwei Chen. Gravity induced flow cell using suspension-based flow electrodes. U.S. Application No.: 61/911101.
    5. K. C. Smith, Z. Li, W. C. Carter and Y.-M. Chiang. Optimal flow conditions for intermittent flow cell. U.S. Application No.: 61/831321.
    6. Z. Li, K. Xiang and Y.-M. Chiang. High energy density aqueous sodium-ion batteries. U.S. Application No.: 61/781607.

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    2016-Present, Virginia Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor
    2015-2016, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Research Scientist
    2011-2015, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Postdoctoral Research Associate
    2013-2014, 24M Technologies Inc., Senior Research Scientist


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2011
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2008
B.Eng., Materials Physics, Jilin University, China, 2006

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Zheng Li

Assistant Professor