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 and a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Dr. Zhu received his B. Eng. from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1982 and PhD from the University of British Columbia in Canada in 1998, both in Chemical Engineering. After working several years as a Research Scientist for Shell Research in the Netherlands, he started teaching at Western University in 1993, where he quickly attained full professorship in 1999. By the same year, he established the world renowned Particle Technology Research Centre at Western and has served as its Director since then.
Dr. Zhu has many years of experience in the research area of chemical reaction engineering, powder handling, fluid-particle and multi-phase flow systems. His contributions to fundamental research and technology developments can be reflected by the over 400 referred journal publications, the large number of patents, the over 200 Masters and PhD students graduated and Post Doctoral Fellows trained under his supervision including 3 Fellows of CAE and a large number of researchers from China. Currently he has a large research group working on a wide range of projects spanning over chemical, biochemical, materials, pharmaceutical and environmental industries. In addition to fundamental research, he is particularly active in technology development and transfer, with 50 granted patents. Some of the inventions have been commercialized and/or are now in the process of being commercialized.
Dr. Zhu has also chaired and co-chaired several international conferences. In Canada, Dr. Zhu was the Technical Program Chair of the 1998 Annual Conference of the Canadian Chemical Engineering and then the Conference Chair for the same conference in 2011. He is also frequently sought for speakers, for plenary and keynote speeches. Several awards were credited to his research achievements including three major awards given by the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (R.S.Jane, Bentral and Syncrude), and the Fluidization Lectureship Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also founded Global Academy of Chinese Chemical Engineers in 2009, which provides a high-level platform for all Chinese chemical engineers over the world.