Western Engineering

Jesse Zhu (Jingxu Zhu)

Ph.D., P. Eng., F.R.S.C, F.C.A.E., F.E.I.C., F.C.I.C

Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair

Fellow, The Royal Society of Canada and Canadian Academy of Engineering

Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada and Engineering Institute of Canada

Director, Particle Technology Research Centre

Dept. of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

University of Western Ontario, Canada


Dr. Jesse Zhu is a Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, at Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering Engineering Institute of Canada and the Chemical Institute of Canada and a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario (PEO).

Prof. Zhu received his B. Eng. degree from Tsinghua University in China in 1982 and his Ph.D. degree 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 Western University.

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 some very prestigious awards, including 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", the Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice in 2007 for "a significant achievement in innovative design or production activities", and the “R. S. Jane Memorial Award - the highest and career award of the society in 2013 for “for an exceptional achievement”. Internally, he was also named a Distinguished University Professor in 2012, a title that “recognizes sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western, and was bestowed the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, the highest research award at Western.

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 130 graduate students including 60 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 20 as faculty members in Canadian and foreign universities.

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 editors and guest editors of various chemical engineering journals.