Xu receives Syncrude Canadian Innovation Award

University of Western Ontario professor Charles Xu was recently announced as the 2011 winner of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Syncrude Canadian Innovation Award for his contributions to the chemical engineering field.

Xu is the NSERC/FPInnovations Associate Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery at Western’s Institute of Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR). He has been internationally recognized as an emerging young researcher in the field of biorefinery, particularly for the production of bio-energy, bio-fuels, bio-chemicals and biomaterials from forest biomass and forestry residue.

At the IASTED’s International Conference on Environmental Management and Engineering in 2009, Xu organized an international special session on co-firing of coal, peat and biomass for power generation. He has a Chinese patent award, two U.S./Canadian provisional patents in process and six novel technologies being evaluated for invention disclosure. He has published three book chapters and more than 120 papers in journals and conferences, including 60 peer-reviewed journal papers. Xu is currently serving as an editor of the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (IJCRE).

The CSChE’s Syncrude Canadian Innovation Award is presented to a resident of Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of chemical engineering while working in Canada. Nominees for this award shall not have reached the age of 40 by January of the year in which the nomination becomes effective.

The award will be presented during the 61st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in London, Oct. 23-26.

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is the national, not-for-profit, umbrella organization that encompasses the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT). The CSChE creates valuable networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities while establishing and strengthening links between academic, industrial, and government chemical engineers.