Plenary Speakers


Prof. Qing Wang,
Pennsylvania State University, USA


Qing Wang is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. He received his Ph.D. in 2000 at University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State in 2002, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University. Among other awards, he has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award, Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Faculty Fellow and Penn State Scholar Medal. His research programs are centered on using chemical and material engineering approaches towards the development of novel functional polymers and polymer nanocomposites with unique dielectric, electronic and transport properties for applications in energy harvesting and storage. Qing Wang is the author of about 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Science, PNAS, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Energy & Environmental Science, and Journal of American Chemical Society, etc and 5 international and US patents.

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Prof. Zhang Qiang,
Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Qiang Zhang is a full professor at Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. His current research interests are advanced energy materials, including lithium metal anode, lithium sulfur batteries, and electrocatalysis. He is editor of Journal of Energy Chemistry, Guest Editor of Advanced Functional Materials (Li-S batteries) and Energy Storage Materials (Li metal anode). He has been awarded NSF for Outstanding Young Scholars, Young Top-Notch Talent from China, and Newton Advanced Fellowship from Royal Society, UK.

He is selected as 2017 Highly Cited Researchers by Web of Science, Clarivate Analytics. His citation is over 19000 times and his h-index is 78. More details can be found in his Research ID (B-1799-2012, ORCID (0000-0002-3929-1541) or GoogleScholar


Speech Title: Emerging Energy Chemistry of Li Metal Anode in Safe Batteries

Abstract: Li metal is considered as the “Holy Grail” of energy storage systems. The bright prospects give rise to worldwide interests in the metallic Li for the next generation energy storage systems, including highly considered rechargeable metallic Li batteries such as Li-O2 and Li-sulfur (Li–S) batteries. However, the formation of Li dendrites induced by inhomogeneous distribution of current density on the Li metal anode and the concentration gradient of Li ions at the electrolyte/electrode interface is a crucial issue that hinders the practical demonstration of high-energy-density metallic Li batteries.

In this talk, we review energy chemistry of lithium metal anode in safe batteries. Firstly, the importance and dilemma of Li metal anode issues in lithium–sulfur batteries are underscored, aiming to arouse the attentions to Li metal anode protection. Specific attentions are paid to the surface chemistry of Li metal anode. Next, the proposed strategies to stabilize solid electrolyte interface and protect Li metal anode are included. Finally, a general conclusion and a perspective on the current limitations, as well as recommended future research directions of Li metal anode in rechargeable batteries are presented.