Argonne National Laboratory

Michael Wang, Scientist

Michael Wang

Senior Scientist
- Energy Systems

Michael Wang is the manager of the Systems Assessment Group, Energy Systems Division at Argonne. His research areas include the evaluation of energy and environmental impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels, the assessment of market potentials of new vehicle and fuel technologies, and the projection of transportation development in emerging economies such as China.

Wang leads the ongoing development of Argonne’s GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) software model for life cycle analysis of advanced vehicle technologies and transportation fuels. At the end of 2012, GREET had more than 20,000 registered users worldwide. Using the GREET model, Wang has done extensive research in life cycle analyses of petroleum fuels, biofuels, hydrogen, electricity and advanced vehicle technologies such as hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery-powered electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. Wang’s research in biofuels, electric-drive technologies and the GREET model have been used by government agencies in North America, Asia and Europe to develop transportation fuel policies such as low-carbon fuel standards and vehicle greenhouse gas emission regulations.

In addition to his work in the United States, Wang has collaborated with government agencies, automotive companies, energy companies, universities and research institutions in China, Brazil, Canada and Europe.

Honors, Awards, and Memberships

  • Member, Alternative Transportation Fuels Committee, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, USA
  • Voted one of the “Top 100 People in Bioenergy,” Biofuels Digest, 2012
  • Member, North American Chinese Overseas Transportation Association
  • Member, Society of Automotive Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program R&D, 2008
  • Certificate of, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Runner-Up, Society of Automotive Engineers Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award, 2005

Publications and Patents

  • Wang, M. and J. Dunn, 2012, “Biofuels: Their co-products and water impacts in the context of life-cycle analysis, Chapter 27, in H.P.S. Makkar ed., Biofuel Co-Products as Livestock Feed, FAO 2012, Rome, Italy, pp.483-500.
  • Wang, M., J. Han, J. Dunn, H. Cai, and A. Elgowainy, 2012, “Well-to-Wheels Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Ethanol from Corn, Sugarcane, Corn Stover, Switchgrass, and Miscanthus,” Environmental Research Letter, 7 (2012) 045905 (13pp).
  • Dunn, J.B., S. Mueller, M. Wang, J. Han, 2012, “Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Enzyme and Yeast Manufacture for Corn and Cellulosic Ethanol Production,” Biotechnology Letters, DOI 10.1007/s10529-012-1057-6.
  • Elgowainy, A., J. Han, M.Q. Wang, N. Carter, R. Stratton, J. Hileman, A. Malwitz, S. Balasubranmanian, 2012, Life-Cycle Analysis of Aviation Fuels in GREET, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, ANL/ESD/12-8, June.
  • Elgowainy, E., Y. Zhou, A. Vyas, M. Mahalik, D. Santini, and M. Wang, 2012, “Impacts of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Charging Choices in 2030,” forthcoming in Transportation Research Record.
  • Gong, H., M. Wang, and H. Wang, 2012, “New Energy Vehicles in China: Policies, Demonstration, and Progress,” Adaptation and Mitigation of Global Changes, DOI 10.1007/s11027-012-9358-6.
  • Burnham, A., J. Han, C. Clark, M. Wang, J. Dunn, and J. Palou Rivera, 2012, “Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Shale Gas, Natural Gas, Coal, and Petroleum,” Environ. Science and Tech., vol. 46: 619-627.
  • Huo, H., M. Wang, X. Zhang, K. He, H. Gong, K. Jiang, Y. Jin, Y. Shi, X. Yu, 2012, “Projection of Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Motor Vehicles in China: Policy Options and Impacts,” Energy Policy, 43 (2012): 37-48.
  • Wang, M., D. Kodjak, and H. Cai, 2011, “Vehicle and Fuel Development in an Energy and Environmentally Constrained World,” Journal of Automotive Safety and Energy Conservation, Vol.2, No.4: 271-293.
  • Frank, E.D., J. Han, I. Palou-Rivera, A. Elgowainy, and M.Q. Wang, 2011, Life-Cycle Analysis of Algal Lipid Fuels with the GREET Model, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, ANL/ESD/11-5, Aug.
  • Elgowainy, A. and M. Wang, 2011, “Well-to-Wheels Analysis of Sustainable Vehicle Fuels,” Robert A. Meyers (ed.), Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3.
  • Wang, M., H. Huo, and S. Arora, 2011, "Methodologies of Dealing with Co-Products of Biofuels in Life-Cycle Analysis and Consequent Results within the U.S. Context,” Energy Policy 39 (2011): 5726-5736.
  • Xie, X., M. Wang and J. Han, 2011, “Assessment of Fuel-Cycle Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Fischer-Tropsch Diesel from Coal and Cellulosic Biomass,” Environmental Science and Technologies (45): 3047-3053.
  • He, D., F. Meng, M. Wang, and K. He, 2011, “Impacts of Urban Transportation Mode Split on CO2 Emissions in Jinan, China,” Energies 2011 (4): 685-699.
  • Huo, H., Q. Zhang, M. Wang, D. Street, and K. He, 2010, “Environmental Implication of Electric Vehicles in China,” Environmental Science and Technology (44): 4856-4861.
  • Wang, Z., Y. Jin, M. Wang, 2010, “New Fuel Consumption Standards for Chinese Passenger Vehicles and Their Effects on Reductions of Oil Use and CO2 Emissions of the Chinese Passenger Vehicle Fleet,” the Energy Policy (38): 5242-5250.
  • Wu, M., M. Mintz, M. Wang, and S. Arora, 2009, “Consumptive Water Use in the Production of Ethanol and Petroleum Gasoline,” Environmental Management (44): 981-997.
  • Huo, H., Y. Wu, and M. Wang, 2009, “Total versus Urban: Well-to-Wheels Assessment of Criteria Pollutant Emissions from Various Vehicle/Fuel Systems,” Atmospheric Environment: 43 (2009): 1796-1804.
  • Huo, H., M. Wang, C. Bloyd, and V. Putsche, 2009, “Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Effects of Soybean-Derived Biodiesel and Renewable Fuels,” Envrionmental Science & Technology, Vol.43:750-756.
  • Wang, M., M. Wu, H. Huo, and J. Liu, 2008, “Well-to-Wheels Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol Production Simulated by Using the GREET Model,” International Sugar Journal, Vol. 110, No. 1317: 527-545.
  • Joseck, F., M. Wang, and Y. Wu, 2008, “Potential Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Effects of Hydrogen Production from Coke Oven Gas in U.S. Steel Mills,” International Journal of Hydrogen, Vol. 33 (2008): 1445-1454.
  • Huo, H., M. Wang, L. Johnson, and D. He, 2007, “Projection of Chinese Motor Vehicle Growth, Oil Demand, and CO2 Emissions Through 2050,” Transportation Research Record, No.2038: 69-77.
  • He, D., M. Wang, and A. Thomas, 2007, “Urban Air Pollution Challenges and Solutions to China’s Urban Transportation Development,” International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 30, No.1: pp.154-171.
  • Shapouri, H., M. Wang, and J. Duffield, 2006, “Net Energy Balancing and Fuel-Cycle Analysis,” in Renewables-Based Technology: Sustainability Assessment, edited by J. Edwulf and H. Van Langenhove, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., London, pp.73-86.