Jun. 2021: Professor Wen Zhang was invited to report for RCR seminar about seeking sustainable pathways for spend lithium-ion batteries.

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Wen Zhang

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor

Phone: (973) 596-5520 
Fax: (973) 596-5790
Email: wen.zhang@njit.edu

Office Location: Colton Hall 211

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Recovery of Lithium and Cobalt from Spent Lithium Ion Batteries Using Organic Aqua Regia (OAR): Assessment of Leaching Kinetics and Global Warming Potentials

Researchers from New Jersey Institute of Technology and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology investigated the Li and Co recovering mechanism and leaching performance by using organic aqua regia on the spent Lithium ion batteries (LIBs). The research employed an ultrasonication assisted hydrometallurgy process and demonstrated the leaching process of spent LIBs in Organic Aqua Regia (OAR) which could efficiently extract Li and Co ions after optimization of multiple factors such as leaching temperature, H2O2 dose, and pulp density. The leaching efficiency of 99% and 94% for Li and Co were obtained with a leaching rate of 0.0016 and 0.013 mg·mg-1·h-1, respectively, which are higher than those obtained with two common acid leachants, nitric and citric acids. To explore the leaching kinetics mechanisms, a multiple-factor formula was established to enable the prediction or the Monte Carol simulation of certainties in leaching efficiencies. Furthermore, our life cycle assessment (LCA) indicates that OAR elicits a similar global warming potential with nitric acid but much lower than citric acid in the leaching unit mass of Li or Co from spent LIBs.

Aug. 2021: Dr. Wen Zhang’s team membersjoined the ACS Fall 2021 in Atlanta and presented their research.  

 Wen's Research Group​

Jul. 2021: Dr. Zhang’s group membersparticipated the first 2021 virtual CAPEES e-poster competition on July 17, 2021.Dr. Weihua Qingwon the best poster award.