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Zheng Li

Associate Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Energy Engineering and Science

Zheng Li, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Zheng Li
Office 127A
Mechanical Engineering,
1600 Innovation Drive, Suite 127,
Blacksburg VA 24061

Research Interests

  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
  4.  Industrial Internet of Things Platform

See Dr. Li's publications and research on Google Scholar.

  • 2022-present, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2016-2022, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2015-2016, Research Scientist, Departmet of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2011-2015, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2013-2014, Senior Research Scientist, 24M Technologies, Inc.
  • Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2011 (Advisor: M. Stanley Whittingham, 2019 Nobel Laureate)
  • M.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2008
  • B.Eng. - Materials Physics, Jilin University, China, 2006
  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.