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Wang Haijiang’s research areas are electrochemical energy and fuel cells. From 1993 to 1996, he conducted postdoctoral research at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Utah State University. In 1997, he became a research scientist at the Western Research Center of Natural Resources Canada, and started researching and developing fuel cells. After two years, he took up the position of Senior Research Scientist at Ballard Power Systems in British Columbia. During his five-year stay there, Wang registered two patents which remain key technologies of the company. In 2004, he joined Canada’s National Research Council and was quickly promoted from Senior Research Officer to Principal Research Officer. He was also the project manager and team leader for the council, as well as a visiting professor of the University of British Columbia and University of Waterloo.
A decade flew by, and Professor Wang was already regarded as an outstanding expert to serve Canada in matters of engineering concern and protect the country’s interests. However, with a Chinese Dream in heart, Wang resigned from the National Research Council of Canada in 2015 and returned to his home country. With the help from long-time colleague Professor Li Hui, Shenzhen Technological Innovation Committee and SUSTech, Wang opened a startup business called Shenzhen SouthernTech Fuel Cell Corp. Ltd. This company has a research team of 150 people, and has already developed world-leading products.
Since his appointment at SUSTech, Professor Wang Haijiang has already led many approved scientific projects at the municipal and provincial levels, such as the laboratory for automobile fuel cell engineering. In December last year, Professor Wang started the Shenzhen Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Association, which aims to integrate resources in Shenzhen’s hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry, and organize expert and standard-setting committees. As the Association’s Vice President, he is leading the association to build the Baolong Avenue Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Industrial Base.
Throughout his two decades of research on fuel cells, Wang Haijiang has published 180 academic papers, 15 monographs, and registered five international patents. His h-index is 54, while SCI cite times is over 17,000. As a result, he appeared on the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List for four consecutive years (from 2014 to 2017).
In addition, Professor Wang’s analysis and diagnosis of fuel cell life has helped the fuel cell industry so much that it can now overcome key obstacles and head towards industrialization. He was therefore commonly considered the expert of fuel cell diagnosis.
English Text: Fan Yining/Chris Edwards