Yun Wang, Professor, ASME Fellow, RSC Fellow

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

4231 Engineering Gateway 

University of California, Irvine 

Irvine, CA 92697-3975

 Office: (949) 824-6004; Fax: (949) 824-6004

E-mail: yunw at uci dot edu; google scholar;  facebook


Research Interests:

Complex Multi-phase Flow, Advanced Hydrogen Storage, High Power Fuel Cells, New Batteries, High-rate Cooling, Solar Energy, Droplet Dynamics, Novel Heat Pipes, High-resolution Neutron/Optical Imaging, New Materials, Building Energy, Advanced Fabrication, MD, Machine Learning.


Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University, 2006

M.S. Mechanical and Engineering Science, Peking University, 2001 

B.S. Mechanical and Engineering Science, Peking University, 1998


Undergraduate courses: MAE91 Introduction to Thermodynamics;  MAE107 Fluid Thermal Science Laboratory; MAE117 Solar and Renewable Energies; MAE189-(Solar Airplane,  Long-Rang Drone, Wind Energy, …)

Graduate courses: MAE 221 Convective Heat Transfer; MAE 220 Conduction Heat Transfer; MAE 224 Advanced Mass Transfer; MAE 295 Multi-phase Transport; MAE 226 Hydrogen Transport and Conversion. 

Representative Publications (A complete list with citations (>10,000 times scholargoogle)

1. Y. Wang and C.Y. Wang, Transient Analysis of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells, Electrochimica Acta, 50, (2005) 1307-1315. (PDF)

2. Y. Wang and C.Y. Wang, A Non-Isothermal, Two-Phase Model for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells, J. Electrochem. Soc., 153 (2006) A1193-1200. (PDF)

3. Y. Wang, Liem Pham, Guilherme Porto Salerno de Vasconcellos, Marc Madou, Fabrication and Characterization of Micro PEM Fuel Cells using Pyrolyzed Carbon Current Collector Plates, Journal of Power Sources, 195 (2010) 4796-4803. (PDF).

4. Y. Wang, S. Cho, R. Thiedmann, V. Schmidt, W. Lehnert, X. Feng, Stochastic Modeling and Direct Simulation of the Diffusion Media for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 53 (2010) 1128-1138 (PDF).

5. Y. Wang, Xavier Cordobes Adroher, Jixin Chen, Xiao Guang Yang, Ted Miller, Three-dimensional modeling of hydrogen sorption in metal hydride hydrogen storage beds, Journal of Power Sources, 194 (2009) 997-1006. (PDF)

6. Y. Wang, K. S. Chen, J. Mishler, S. C. Cho, X. C. Adroher, A Review of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells: Technology, Applications, and Needs on Fundamental Research, Applied Energy 88 (2011) 981-1007. (PDF) [Citation: >2900 times by 2021] (Highly Cited Paper by ESI in 2012-20)

7. Y. Wang, Daniela Fernanda Ruiz Diaz, Ken S. Chen, Zhe Wang, and Xavier Cordobes Adroher. "Materials, technological status, and fundamentals of PEM fuel cells–A review." Materials Today, 32 (2020) 178-203 (PDF) 10.1016/j.mattod.2019.06.005 (Highly Cited Paper by ESI in 2020)

8. Y Wang, B Seo, B Wang, N Zamel, K Jiao, and XC Adroher, Fundamentals, Materials, and Machine Learning of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Technology, Energy and AI, (2020) 100014 (PDF)10.1016/j.egyai.2020.100014 .

9.  Sun, C., Wang, Y., McMurtrey, M. D., Jerred, N. D., Liou, F., & Li, J. Additive manufacturing for energy: A review. Applied Energy, 282, 116041. 10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116041 (PDF) (Highly Cited Paper by ESI in 2022)

11. Zhang, G., Bao, Z., Xie, B., Wang, Y., & Jiao, K. (2021). Three-dimensional multi-phase simulation of PEM fuel cell considering the full morphology of metal foam flow field. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 46(3), 2978-2989. (Highly Cited Paper by ESI in 2021)

12. Fu, Y. T., Gu, W. L., Hou, Z. Y., Muhammed, S. A., Li, T. Q., Wang, Y., & Wang, Z. (2021). Mechanism of signal uncertainty generation for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. Frontiers of Physics, 16(2), 1-10. (Highly Cited Paper by ESI in 2021)

13. Zhang, G., Qu, Z., Tao, W. Q., Wang, X., Wu, L., Wu, S., ... & Wang, Y. (2023). Porous Flow Field for Next-Generation Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells: Materials, Characterization, Design, and Challenges. Chemical Reviews.  123, 3, 989–1039. 

14. Wang, Y., Pang, Y., Xu, H., Martinez, A., & Chen, K. S. (2022). PEM Fuel cell and electrolysis cell technologies and hydrogen infrastructure development: a review. Energy & Environmental Science. 15, 2288-2328. (Highly Cited Paper by ESI in 2023)

15. Wang, Z., Afgan, M. S., Gu, W., Song, Y., Wang, Y., Hou, Z., ... & Li, Z. (2021). Recent advances in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy quantification: From fundamental understanding to data processing. TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 143, 116385. (Highly Cited Paper by ESI in 2023)

16. Chen, Q., Zhang, G., Zhang, X., Sun, C., Jiao, K., & Wang, Y. (2021). Thermal management of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells: A review of cooling methods, material properties, and durability. Applied Energy, 286, 116496. (Highly Cited Paper by ESI in 2023)  

17. Wang, Y., Yuan, H., Martinez, A., Hong, P., Xu, H., & Bockmiller, F. R. (2021). Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell and hydrogen station networks for automobiles: Status, technology, and perspectives. Advances in Applied Energy, 2, 100011. (2024 Highly Cited Paper Awards by Advances in Applied Energy)

18. Fan, L., Deng, H., Zhang, Y., Du, Q., Leung, D. Y., Wang, Y., & Jiao, K. (2023). Towards ultralow platinum loading proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Energy & Environmental Science, 16(4), 1466-1479.

19. Zhang, G., Qu, Z., & Wang, Y. (2022). Full-scale three-dimensional simulation of air-cooled proton exchange membrane fuel cell stack: Temperature spatial variation and comprehensive validation. Energy Conversion and Management, 270, 116211.

20. Zhang, G., Qu, Z., Tao, W. Q., Mu, Y., Jiao, K., Xu, H., & Wang, Y. (2024). Advancing next-generation proton-exchange membrane fuel cell development in multi-physics transfer. Joule, 8(1), 45-63.


Wang has made numerous seminal contributions to PEM fuel cell, Li-air battery, thermal management, and two-phase flow in porous media and micro-channels, including the theories of heat pipe effects, transient analysis, cold start, droplet removal, porous flow fields, two-phase flow modeling, surface impacts, and li-air battery voltage loss.  Wang received the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) and the Applied Energy Certificate of Excellence: Most Downloaded Authors. Wang received the OCEC President’s Award in 2013; OCEC Outstanding Engineering Merit Award in 2020; the Applied Energy Top Cited Paper Award in 2013; and Highly Cited Paper in the Web of Science for 7 papers. As of 10/2/2018. Scopus (last access on 10/3/2018) shows one first-authored paper is the most cited in the history of Applied Energy since 1975 (among 12,590 papers). Wang was awarded “2024 Highly Cited Paper Awards” by Advances in Applied Energy. He received Outstanding Energy Project from ASCE in 2024. Wang was elected 2018 Reviewer of The Year from J Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, and is ASME Fellow and RSC Fellow.  He is currently associate editor of ASME journal of heat and mass transfer. He served as faculty director in 2021-23 and acts as academic director (23-pre) of the school’s international programs and was undergrad advisor for ME program in 2012-23. He chaired the MAE undergrad study committee for a few years and led the program assessments (e.g. ABET, APRB, WASC) for ME in the period of 2013-2021. Wang was selected as top 2% scientist (by Stanford) for both career and since-2022 criteria. Wang’s 3D code is licensed to major company (Envision Energy, Boston) to optimize PEMEC design in 2024.

Outreach Activities:

1. Undergraduate Renewable Energy Design Opportunity

2. High-school Visit and Hands-on Experience with Renewable Energy

3. Summer Research for High-school Students

4. Undergraduate Research Opportunities

5. ME Undergraduate Advising and Curriculum Assessment (ABET)

6. MAE Check Up Exam: AE  and   ME (conceptual version only)