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Design Catalysts for the catalytic wet air oxidation of aqueous nitrogen containing compounds

Professor Binghui Chen

Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University


Professor Binghui Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Leeds (UK) in 1998 (supported by full Scholarship of British Council), Master degree in Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 1990, and Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Huaqiao University in 1984. Currently, he is a full professor of College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University. He is also the head of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Xiamen University. Professor Chen has won several awards including the National Academic and Innovation Award in 1997 and the SinoPec Science and Technology Progresses Award (1996 and 1997). In his early career, he held several research positions in the UK including Research Assistant at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Loughborough University (1998-2000.1), Research Associate at the Department of Biochemical Engineering of University College London (2000.2-2000.12), Research Associate at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering of Imperial College London (2001.1-2004.12) and Research Fellow at the Department of Biochemical Engineering of University College London (2005.1-2008.2).

 

 



Chemical conversion processes at ultra-high temperatures in thermal plasma reactors

Professor Yi Cheng

Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University


Prof. Yi Cheng received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1994 and 2000. He worked as a research fellow at Delft University of Technology (11/1998-11/2000), and then as a postdoc research associate at University of Western Ontario (02/2001-03/2003). In March 2003, he joined Tsinghua University as an associate professor, and was promoted as a full professor in December 2007. His research interests lie in the field of multiphase reactor engineering in relation to the applications for energy, environment and materials. In the early period, major efforts were made to understand the hydrodynamics and nonlinear dynamics in various fluidized beds by experimental techniques and mathematical modeling. In recent years, he has extended his research activities tremendously, that is, using unconventional means of process intensification (i.e., plasmas and confined micro-channel or micro-droplets) to solve reaction engineering problems. He has authored or coauthored about 180 journal articles, 40 patents, 1 book and 2 book chapters. He has received several awards such as the first prize of Natural Science Award by the Ministry of Education of China (2013) and the first prize of Science and Technology Progress Award by China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation.

 



Ultrasensitive microchip based on smart microgel for real-time on-line detection of trace threat analytes

Professor Liang-Yin Chu

Dean of School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University


Prof. Liang-Yin Chu received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Chengdu University of Science and Technology (currently Sichuan University) in 1989 and 1992, and his Ph.D. degree from Northeastern University in 1995. He was promoted as a full professor of Chemical Engineering at Sichuan University in 1997, nominated as the Director of the Provincial Key Laboratory for Filtration and Separation of Sichuan Province in 2001, and elected as the Dean of School of Chemical Engineering at Sichuan University in 2014. He was a research fellow at the University of Tokyo (10/1999-09/2001), a visiting scholar at Harvard University (08/2006-02/2007), and a visiting professor at ESPCI ParisTech (12/2007-02/2008) and the University of Birmingham (11-12/2011). He has received many honors and awards including the Natural Science Award issued by the Ministry of Education of China (2003), Distinguished Young Scholar issued by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2008), Distinguished Professor of "Chang Jiang Scholars Program" issued by the Ministry of Education of China (2009), Honorary Professor of School of Chemical Engineering at University of Birmingham (2012), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry of UK (2014). He has authored and coauthored more than 300 articles, 42 patents, 4 books and 13 book chapters. Currently, Professor Chu directs a talented research group with a diverse and interdisciplinary focus on the development of smart membranes, functional materials, microfluidics, mass-transfer and separations.

 

 


Development of novel electrodes for water splitting

Professor Guoqing Guan

North Japan Research Institute for Sustainable Energy, Hirosaki University


Dr. Guoqing Guan is a full professor of Hirosaki University, Japan. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering from Sichuan University, China, in 1990, 1993 and 1995. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Kyushu University (10/1999-9/2001), a researcher at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan (10/2001-3/2005), a Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at IMM, Germany (4/2005-7/2006), a JSPS research fellow at Fukuoka Women`s University, Japan (8/2006-2/2009), a project assistant professor at The University of Tokyo (3/2009-9/2010) and an associate professor at North Japan Research Institute for Sustainable Energy (NJRISE), Hirosaki University, Japan (10/2010-3/2016). His research interests are coal and biomass pyrolysis and gasification, biorefinery, heterogeneous catalysts for energy conversion, energy materials, gas and ion separation technologies and water splitting for hydrogen production. He has published over 120 international journal papers, 9 patents and 3 book chapters. He has received 2 awards from The Society of Chemical Engineers of Japan and several awards in various conferences.

 


Enzyme sensitive, surface engineered nanoparticles for enhanced delivery of camptothecin

Professor Yong Hu

National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructure, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nanjing University


Prof. Hu is working in the Biomedical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Nanjing University, China. Prof. Hu focuses on the synthesis and application of polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery systems. Aiming at the challenges of delivery of anti-cancer drugs and diagnostic agents in vivo, He constructed novel drug delivery systems, designed and prepared the biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles, and studied their potential application in controlled drug delivery, cancer diagnosis and therapy. He has published more than 60 papers and the total citation is more than 2,600. Now he serves as an Editorial Board member of the Journal "Advanced Powder Technology".

 



Biochar as enabling material for sustainability

Professor Charles Q. Jia

Associate Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto


Dr Charles Q. Jia is a Professor and Associate Chair in Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto in Canada.  He taught at Chongqing University in China since 1984 after receiving an M.Eng degree from the same university.  He later moved to Canada and obtained a PhD degree from McMaster University in 1994.  He was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow for two years, before joining his current department as an Assistant Professor in 1996.  His research is concerned with maximizing the value of natural resources and minimizing the impact of industrial operations on the environment, currently focusing on nanoporous carbon materials and applications in sustainable energy and the environment. His Green Technology Lab has trained over 60 Masters, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who now work in academic, industrial and public sectors around the world.  He has authored about 100 research papers, held US and Canadian patents, and consulted for international companies and governments. In 2015, he received the MetSoc Environmental Award, recognizing his significant contributions to the field of environmental science & technology and sustainable development. Dr Jia is an avid cyclist; he enjoys challenges on the road and on the badminton court.

 


Design and fabrication of graphene-based membranes for molecular separation

Professor Wanqin Jin

Deputy-director of the State Key laboratory of Materials-oriented Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University


Dr. Wanqin Jin is a professor of Chemical Engineering at Nanjing Tech University, the Deputy-director of the State Key laboratory of Materials-oriented Chemical Engineering and the Chief-scientist of the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program). He received his Ph.D. from Nanjing University of Technology in 1999. He was a research associate at Institute of Materials Research & Engineering of Singapore (2001), an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (2001-2013), visiting professors at Arizona State University (2007) and Hiroshima University (2011, JSPS invitation fellowship). His currently research focuses on the development of membrane materials, membrane processes and membrane reactors. He has published over 200 SCI tracked journal publications with over 5800 citations, and edited 5 books and had 32 authorized patents. He presented over 30 plenary, keynote lectures and invited speeches in international conferences, and was co-chair of the 10th International Congress on Membrane and membrane Processes (ICOM2014). He is now the associate editor of RSC Advances and on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Membrane Science, Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering, and Journal of Inorganic Materials (Chinese), and is a council member of Aseanian Membrane Society (AMS).

 


 

Asymmetric polymeric membrane fine structure characterization by PAS

Professor Kueir-Rarn Lee

Department of Chemical Engineering and Center of Membrane Technology, Chung Yuan University


Prof. Kueir-Rarn Lee is a professor of R&D Center for Membrane Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Chung Yuan University (CYCU), Taiwan. Now, he serves as the director of CMT. He received his Ph.D. from CYCU in 1993. He was invited to be a guest professor of ZheJiang University (2011) and a “Seasky Scholar” of Dalian University of Technology (2011), China. His current researches focus on synthesis of novel thin-film composite membrane for pervaporation and the characterization of membrane fine structure by Positron annihilation Technique. More than 200 international refereed journal papers have been published by his research team. He is now an editorial board member of Journal of Membrane Science and a council member of Aseanian Membrane Society (AMS).

 


 

Microchemical systems for reaction process intensification

Professor Guangsheng Luo

The State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University


Professor Guangsheng Luo received his BSc. Degree in applied chemistry in 1988 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1993 at Tsinghua University. He worked at Caen University, France, as a Postdoctoral Research fellow from 1995 to 1996 and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, as a visiting scientist from 2001 to 2002. His research interests include micro-structured chemical systems, separation science and technology, mass transfer phenomena, and controllable preparation of functional Materials. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed papers and obtained more than 70 invention patents in China. He obtained the "National Outstanding Young Scientist Award" from the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2005 and he was appointed as a Chungkung Professor by the Ministry of Education of China in 2009. He is now the director of the State Key Lab of Chemical Engineering.

 


 

Filtered CFD model for gas-solid flow and reaction in a large-scale fluidized bed reactor

Professor Zheng-Hong Luo

Department of Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Prof. Zheng-Hong Luo obtained his Ph.D. degree from Zhejiang University in 2003. After that, he worked as a faculty member at Xiamen University during 2003-2012. Prof. Luo has transferred to Shanghai Jiao Tong University as a full professor since 2012. He is the Head of Department of Chemical Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prof. Luo is primarily interested in the polymerization engineering and multi-scale chemical reactor engineering. He has made a number of fundamental contributions to the chemical reactor engineering field. Over the past years, he has focused on developing fundamental multi-scale generalization and models for chemical reactors with the target of designing new chemical products, optimizing chemical process technology, and improving industrial manufacturing plants. In particular, he has developed a comprehensive model for the synthesis of new chemical products with tailor-designed structure and properties in small-scale reactors. He has also developed a new multi-scale CFD modeling method involving the “key parameter transformation” concept and established multi-scale reactor models, which describes successfully the complex multi-scale transfer and the reactions involved in different types of reactors, including loop and fluidized bed. In addition, modeling of RDRP (mainly ATRP and RAFT) was also carried out in recent years. Prof. Luo has led to the industrial manufacturing of fluorosilicon copolymers and guided the redesign of large-scale industrial polypropylene plants, and has thus resulted in significant economic benefits. So far, Prof. Luo has published more than 100 high-quality papers in international academic journals as the only corresponding author (including 28 papers in top three chemical engineering journals with 8 papers in AIChE J., 6 papers in Chem. Eng. Sci.). As a result, he has been awarded five second provincial or ministerial research awards. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of several SCI Journals such as International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering.

 


 

Performance of fluidized beds for methane dehydro-aromatization

Professor Xiaoxun Ma

School of Chemical Engineering, Northwest University

Chemical Engineering Research Center of the Ministry of Education for Advanced Use Technology of Shanbei Energy


Professor Ma Xiaoxun was born at Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, P. R. China in 1957. He is Dean of School of Chemical Engineering, Northwest University, Director of Chemical Engineering Research Center of the Ministry of Education for Advanced Use Technology of Shanbei Energy, Director of Shaanxi Research Center of Engineering Technology for Clean Coal Conversion and Member of Professional Committee of coal chemical industry, China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation. (Northwest University of China is located at Xi'an.). Professor Ma's current research and professional interests include Clean Coal Technology; Advanced utilization technologies of fossil fuel (pyrolysis/catalytic pyrolysis, gasification); Fundamental and applied research on powder-particle fluidized/spouted bed; Control of SOx and NOx emissions from flue gas, CO2 capture and utilizations, etc.

 


 

Understanding cell homing-based tissue regeneration from the perspective of materials

Professor Hemin Nie

Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Biology, Hunan University


Professor Hemin Nie received his PhD from the National University of Singapore in 2009. He had worked at Columbia University in the City of New York as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist before joining the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Hunan University in 2012 as a full professor. He was elected as a senior member for the Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering (CSBME) in 2013. He also served as a youth committee member for the 2nd and 3rd Chinese Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Congress. Prof Nie received Hunan Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar in 2015. His current research of interest includes biomaterials and tissue engineering. Besides his publications in high-level journals, Prof Nie has also participated in the preparation of 5 Biomedical Engineering books (Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering, Comprehensive Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering: Principles and Practice, Stem Cells in Craniofacial Development and Regeneration, Handbook of Intelligent Scaffolds for Regenerative Medicine). He is also an editorial board member for Biotechnology Frontier.

 


 

Protein aggregation and its inhibition

Professor Yan Sun

Department of Biochemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University


Professor Yan Sun completed his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in Tianjin University in 1983. He then studied in the University of Tokyo from 1984, and received his Master and Doctor of Engineering Degrees in 1987 and 1990, respectively. From 1991, he started his teaching and research career in Tianjin University and became a full Professor in 1993. In 2000, He earned the National Natural Science Foundation of China for Outstanding Young Scientists and was appointed to the Cheung Kong Professorship by the Ministry of Education of China. His areas of expertise include bioseparations, protein refolding, inhibition of amyloid protein aggregation, protein ligand design and discovery, and biocatalysis. His work has produced 320 research papers, a single book (Bioseparations Engineering), two book chapters and 33 patents.

 


 

Rational design of photocatalysts for water splitting and CO2 conversion

Professor Junwang Tang

Reader in Energy, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London


Dr Junwang Tang is a Reader in Energy in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL and a Fellow of the RSC. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2001. His research interests encompass structure-controlled nanomaterials synthesis by a flow system powered by microwave irradiation, solar H2 synthesis from water, CO2 capture and conversion to a renewable fuel, methane conversion, photocatalytic environmental purification and microwave catalysis. Such studies are undertaken in parallel with the mechanistic understanding and device optimisation to address the renewable energy supply and environmental purification, resulting into >100 papers with >5500 citations, 10 patents and many invited lectures over the last several years. He is an Editor of Journal of Advanced Chemical Engineering, the guest Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Photoenergy, 2012, Associate Editor of Chin J. Catalysis and Asia-Pacific J. Chemical Engineering. He also sits on the editorial board of several international journals. He is the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology in the UK, Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London, Adjunct Professor in Nanjing Tech University and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

 


 

Numerical investigation of liquid-liquid two-phase flow in a mixer-settler

Professor Yundong Wang

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University


Dr. Yundong Wang has worked in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China since 1994, becoming Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2002. Prior to that he worked at Petrochemical Research Institute, Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences, China as a Research Assistant and at the Department of Chemical Engineering, the University of Bath, England as a Posdoctoral Research Officer and Research Officer. His research specializes in the field of chemical engineering. Work is directed at mixing in reactors and extractors, measuring flow field by PIV, CFD modelling in reactors and extraction columns. His main research interest at present is rare earth metal extraction, especially on PIV measurement and CFD simulation of liquid-liquid flows inside a mixer-settler and extraction columns. He has published more than 150 journal and conference papers.

 


Achieving a Marvelous Performance by Carefully Modulating Catalyst Structure

Professor Zidong Wei

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University


Prof. Zidong Wei received his BSc. Degree in material science and technology in 1984 at Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, and his Ph.D. in applied chemistry in 1994 at Tianjin University. He worked at Hokkaido University, Japan, as a JACA fellow in 2001 and at Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore, as a TCT fellow from 2002 to 2003. His research activity focuses on nanomaterials, electrocatalysis, fuel cells and water electrolysis with experimental investigation and theoretical simulation. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers and obtained more than 30 invention patents in China. He was appointed as a Chungkung Professor by the Ministry of Education of China in 2009. He is now the Professor and the Dean of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University.

 



Innovative and efficient conversion of lignocellulose to lactic acid

Dr. Jin Chuan Wu

Head of the Industrial Biotechnology Division at the Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences (ICES), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore.


Dr. Wu Jin Chuan is a Senior Scientist and Head of the Industrial Biotechnology Division at the Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences (ICES), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. He got his PhD from Tianjin University in 1994 and had worked in Kanazawa University as an Associate Professor in 1998-2000 and in Tianjin University as a Professor before he joined ICES in 2002. His current research of interest includes biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, microbial fermentation, protein engineering, metabolic engineering and bioprocess development. He serves as an Associate Editor for Biotechnology & Applied Biochemistry (Wiley), Editorial Board Member for Bioresource and Bioprocessing (Springer), Vice President of Bio-Energy Society of Singapore.

 


 

Optimal Design of methanol to olefin reactor: Effect of internal diffusion and coking

Professor Wen-De Xiao

Department of Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Prof. Xiao got his Bachelor degree on Coal Chemical Technology (1985), and Master (1988) and PhD degree (1991) on Chemical Engineering at East China University of Science and Technology, and was rewarded the Chung-Kong Scholar Professor in 1999, the State Council Outstanding Contribution Subsidy in 2000, the Shanghai Excellent Young Scientist in 2001. He joined in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2009 as the Distinguished Professor, and the Department Head of Chemical Engineering. His research interest is Catalysis and Reaction Engineering related to energy (Clean coal conversion, C1 chemistry, methanol to olefin), environmental (Flue gas De-SO2 and De-NOx, and CO2 utilization) and new materials (Polycrystalline silicon, catalysts), with one co-author book and over 130 peer-reviewed publications, and one spin-off. He, as the principal investigator, has supervised several state sponsored key research projects and industry sponsored development projects. 

 


On the electrostatics of granules and granular flows

Professor Jun Yao

China University of Petroleum-Beijing


Prof. Jun Yao obtained his Bachelor degree (1994) from Yanshan University, Master degree (1999) and PhD degree (2002) from Zhejing University. After that he expanded his research experience as a research fellow at Singapore-MIT Alliance (Singapore, 2003-2006) and University of Leeds (United Kingdom, 2006-2011) in following 8 years. Since 1996, he worked in the area of multiphase flow and particle technology including experimental and numerical simulation and contributed to more than 120 peer-reviewed publications authored. In 2011 he moved to Xiamen University working as an associated professor and he was promoted to be a full professor in 2014. Recently (2016), he moved to China University of Petroleum-Beijing. Jun Yao has obtained some awards, for example, HPC Quest Silver Award, Jointly Presented by IBM & Institute of High Performance Computing Singapore (2004), New Century Excellent Talent from Ministry of Education China (2011), Young Scientist Award in Particuology (2012) from Chinese Society of Particuology. Presently, he is on the editorial board of Advanced Powder Technology (2012-). As the principal investigator, he has supervised National Natural Foundations,China Prosperity Strategic Programme Fund from United Kingdom and several industry supported projects.

 


 

Controlling Enzymatic Enantioselectivity by Adjusting Molecular Interactions

Professor Hongwei Yu

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University


Professor Yu obtained his Bachelor degree in 1995 and Master degree in 1998 in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China and his Ph.D in 2002 in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore, Singapore,supervised by Prof. Ching Chi Bun. After working in National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and California Institute of Technology, he went back China and took the professorship in Zhejiang University in 2007. Professor Yu had studied chiral drug separation technologies for many years, including chromatographic technologies (simulated moving bed) and enzymatic resolution of racemic mixture. His research interests are now focused on improving enzyme activity and enantioselectivity by genetic engineering to produce chiral compounds. In recent years, his research interests are expanded to biosynthesis of natural products by metabolic engineering.

 

 


 

Selective production of guaiacol using lignin extracted from black liquor

Professor Ying Zheng

Institute for Materials and Processes, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Canada Research Chair, University of New Brunswick


Professor Ying Zheng is a Canada Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick and is also a recently appointed Chair of Chemical Reaction/Catalysis Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. She was elected to Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and Member of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2014. Her research interests focus on the development of catalytic processes for waste-to-energy/value-added products. She has solid publication record and holds five patents, two of which have been licensed. Her contribution to Chemical Engineering has also been recognised by several awards, including the 2010 Syncrude Canada Innovation Award. Zheng has also been actively involved in professional activities. She is the secretary/treasurer for the Catalysis Division of CIC and has served on awards and grant selection committees.

 



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