Ph.D., P. Eng., F.C.I.C., F.C.A.E.
Professor and Canada Research Chair
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Dr. Jesse Zhu is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineeringand the Chemical Institute of Canada and a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Prof. Zhu received his B. Eng. degree from Tsinghua University in China in 1982 and his Ph.D. degree in at the University of British Columbia, in Canada, both in in Chemical Engineering. He then worked for 5 years including two years for Shell before joining the University of Western Ontario in 1993, where he became full professor in 1999 and a Canada Research Chair in 2004. He is also the Director of the Particle Technology Research Centre at the University of Western Ontario.
Professor Zhu is a very active member of the Chemical Engineering profession, serving as chairs/co-chairs for various national and international conferences, as members of journal editorial boards and grant selection committees, and as guest editors of various chemical engineering journals. Professor Zhu was also elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada very early in his career, at the age of 39.
Prof. Zhu's main research interests are in the fluid-particle systems, powder technology and related research areas and he has been very active in this very dynamic research area since 1982. His current research activities include circulating fluidized bed riser and downer reactors, fluidization and handling of fine and ultrafine powders and its applications, (gas-)liquid-solid circulating fluidized bed and its application to chemical and biochemical processes and wastewater treatment, gasification of biomass and solid wastes and biomass co-firing. Several important technologies have been developed with patents and license and licensing potentials.
Professor Zhu has also received several very prestigious awards, including two of the three most important awards given by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) - the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award in 1999 for "a distinguished contribution in the field of chemical engineering while working in Canada before the age of 40" and the Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice in 2007 for "a significant achievement in innovative design or production activities ".
In addition, Prof. Zhu is a very enthusiastic teacher, and one particularly active in training a large number of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. A total of 50 graduate students including 23 PhD students have graduated under his direction. His past graduate students and post doctoral fellows are now working in major chemical companies (e.g. DuPont, Kellogg, SardiOil, Dofasco, Westinghouse, Solvay, Honda, Suncor and General Electric), research institute (e.g. Particulate Solids Research Institute, Atomic Energy of Canada, National Research Council of Canada and Chinese Academy of Science), and nine as faculty members in Canadian and foreign universities.