Wenjie Li

Graduate Student,  Materials Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Personal Website: www.wenjieli.com

Biographical Sketch

B.S. Chemistry, Fudan University, 2014
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014-present


I am primarily interested in exploring and understanding materials for energy conversion and stoage applications.

Due to the intermittent nature of sunlight, the design of practical round-trip solar energy utilization systems requires both efficient solar energy conversion and inexpensive large-scale energy storage. Compared with separated solar energy conversion and electrochemical energy storage devices, combining the functions of separated devices into a single integrated device represents a more efficient, scalable, compact and cost-effective approach to utilize solar energy. My graduate research is focused on the development and demonstration of a novel type of integrated photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar energy conversion and electrochemical storage technology, which is called solar flow batteries (SFBs), by integrating efficient solar semiconductors in aqueous electrolytes with RFBs using the same pair of redox couples. Three aspects that often exert strong influence on each other, are mainly involved in my research: (1) the investigation and understanding of operation mechanisms for SFB devices; (2) the development of design principles and modeling methods to maximize the performance of SFBs; (3) the demonstration and device optimization for SFBs.


Google Scholar

2) Wenjie Li, Hui-Chun Fu, Yuzhou Zhao, Jr-Hau He, and Song Jin, 14.1% Efficient Monolithically Integrated Solar Flow BatteryChem (2018) DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2018.08.023

In the News:


1) Wenjie Li, Hui-Chun Fu, Dr. Linsen Li, Dr. Miguel Cabán-Acevedo, Jr-Hau He and Song Jin, Integrated Photoelectrochemical Solar Energy Conversion and Organic Redox Flow Battery Devices,  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,2016, 55, 13104., DOI: 10.1002/anie.201606986

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