Li Wang

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Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2019

M.Sc., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, 2015

Exchange Student, Environmental Technology, Ghent University, Belgium, 2012

B.E., Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University, China, 2011

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Li has been working as a postdoctoral associate with Dr. Menachem Elimelech since January 2020. He is currently working on investigating the transport phenomenon in electrochemical- and pressure-driven processes.

Li completed his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt before moving to Yale. His PhD dissertation was about energy efficiency analysis and multiscale modelling of capacitive deionization (CDI), under the supervision of Dr. Shihong Lin who was a former member in Meny’s group. During his PhD study, he also worked on other electrochemical separation processes such as electrodialysis. He came to Yale to broaden his research scope to pressure-driven processes and strengthen the fundamental understandings of transport phenomenon in separation processes.

Outside the lab, Li enjoys exercise, workout and reading.


pdfs and supporting information for group publications available on the main publications page.

  1. Li Wang*, and Li Zhang*, Enhancing performance of capacitive deionization with polyelectrolyte-infiltrated electrodes: theory and experimental validation, submitted to Environmental Science &
  2. Li Wang, Changyong Zhang, T. David Waite, and Shihong Lin*, Equivalent film-electrode model for flow-electrode capacitive deionization, submitted to Water Research
  3. Fei Gao, Li Wang (co first-author), Jie Wang, Hongwei Zhang, and Shihong Lin*, Nutrient recovery from treated wastewater by a hybrid electrochemical sequence integrating bipolar membrane electrodialysis and membrane capacitive deionization, Environmental Science: Water Science & Technology, 2020.
  4. Li Wang, and Shihong Lin*, Mechanism of selective ion removal in membrane capacitive deionization for water softening, Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53, 5797-5804.
  5. Li Wang, and Shihong Lin*, Theoretical framework for designing a desalination plant based on membrane capacitive deionization, Water Research, 2019, 158, 359-369.
  6. Li Wang, Jouke Dykstra, and Shihong Lin*, Energy efficiency of capacitive deionziation, Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53, 3366-3378.
  7. Fei Ji, Li Wang (co first-author), Shihong Lin*, and Zheng Chen*, Highly compact, free-standing porous electrodes from polymer-derived nanoporous carbons for efficient electrochemical capacitive deionization, Journal of Material Chemistry A, 2018, 7, 1768-1778.
  8. Li Wang, and Shihong Lin*, Membrane Capacitive deionization with constant current vs constant voltage charging: which is better? Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52, 4051-4060.
  9. Li Wang, and Shihong Lin*, Intrinsic tradeoff between kinetic and energetic efficiencies in membrane capacitive deionization, Water Research, 2018, 129, 394-401.
  10. Li Wang, P.M. Biesheuvel, and Shihong Lin*, Reversible thermodynamic cycle analysis for capacitive deionization with modified Donnan model, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2018, 512, 522-528.
  11. Li Wang*, Bill Batchelor, Suresh Pillai, and V.S.V. Botlaguduru, Electron Beam Treatment for Potable Water Reuse: Removal of Bromate and Perfluorooctanoic Acid, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2016, 302, 58-68.