Jingxu (jesse) Zhu

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 Engineering and the Chemical Institute of Canada and a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

He 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.

Dr. 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.


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