Zhaowen Wang, PhD

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Professor, School of Metallurgy,
Northeastern University, China

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Zhaowen Wang, Dr., is a professor of the School of Metallurgy, Northeastern University, China. In 1985, he began his professional career as a metallurgical engineer at Shenyang Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy after receiving his M.S. degree from Northeastern University. In 1999, Prof. Wang obtained his Ph.D. degree from Northeastern University under the supervision of Prof. Zhuxian Qiu. Professor Wang is an active member of the Non-ferrous Metals Society China. He has once been the chairman of the 10th International Conference on Molten Salt Chemistry and Technology (MS10). Prof. Wang’s research interests are focused on the fundamentals and applications of aluminum electrolysis, including waste heat recycling of aluminum reduction pots, aluminum electrolysis under unsteady off-grid wind power, complex aluminum electrolytes with high content of LiF and KF, localized anode effect in the large scale aluminum prebaked cell, and recycling of spent potlining of aluminum reduction cells, et.al. He has published over two hundred scientific papers and filed eleven China patents. He has received seven awards from the Society of China Non-ferrous Metals Industry and Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Research Interest

My research interests are focused largely in the areas of the structure of molten salts at high temperature, high temperature electrochemistry, cermet materials for aluminum electrolysis in nonaqueous (ambient as well as high temperature and oxygen evolution molten salts) environments.(1)Structure of molten salts. The recent research work is to study the structure of cryolite-based(Na3AlF6) molten salts by Raman Spectrum, the cryolite-based(Na3AlF6) molten salts is used as aluminum electrolyte;(2)High temperature electrochemistry.Research on the anode behavior, electron double layer on the anode surface during aluminum electrolysis. And also the conductivity of molten salts electrolyte is concerned;(3)Cermets materials and electrodes for aluminum electrolysis. Inert anodes, such as NiFe2O4-based, NiAl2O4-based cermets materials and SiC-Si3N4 insulation sidewall bricks for aluminum electrolysis were researched several years. Some interesting results were discovered by Prof. Wang. Now a kind of bipolar electrode advanced materials for aluminum electrolysis were studied by him; (4)Industrial energy-saving and waste heat utilization technology, He is studying and developing some technologies for energy-saving and waste heat utilization in aluminum electrolysis.