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

 Wen's Research Group​

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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     This 2020 summer, two Environmental Engineering Ph.D. students (Qingquan Ma and Fangzhou Liu) and two Chemical Engineering master students (Vikas Patchamatla and Alexander Guillen) are collaborating to investigate the potential pollutants released from commercial lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) in soil, streams and landfill leachate. Their research is under funding support from New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute (NJWRRI) that is awarded to Dr. Wen Zhang's group at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The rationale is that due to the increasing use of LIBs in commercial products such as electronics and electric vehicles, which inevitably enter the environment unintentionally. Suspected pollutants, cobalt (Co), lithium (Li), organic binders such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and electrolytes (Lithium hexafluorophosphate or LiPF6) may release into the environmental media. This information will be important for establishing relevant regulations, environmental protection laws, and public awareness on LIB disposal practices to minimize potential environmental and human risks.

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.