Hatch Innovation Award

Sponsored by Hatch, the Hatch Innovation Award (formerly the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award) is presented to an individual, who has not reached the age of 40, for a distinguished contribution to the field of chemical engineering while working in Canada.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2018 winner of the Hatch Innovation Award is:


Hongbo Zeng
University of Alberta

Hongbo Zeng is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in intermolecular forces and interfacial science. He received his BSc and MSc degrees at Tsinghua University in 2001 and 2003, respectively, and obtained his PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 under the supervision of Jacob Israelachvili and Matthew Tirrell.  Zeng’s research interests are in colloid and interface science, functional materials & nanotechnology, with a special focus on intermolecular and surface interactions in soft matter (e.g., polymers, biopolymers, surfactants and emulsions) and engineering processes. He has published about 190 peer-reviewed research articles in top journals (e.g., Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, PNAS, ACS Nano, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Langmuir, Soft Matter, Journal of Physical Chemistry B & C) on related topics, 7 book chapters, and coauthored/edited a book “Polymer Adhesion, Friction and Lubrication” (Wiley). He was a recipient of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Research Award (Silver Medal) in  2007, Peebles Award of The Adhesion Society in 2007, the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award in 2013, Martha Cook Piper Research Prize in 2016, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award in  2016, Engineering Research Award in 2018 and the University of Alberta.Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2018.

Past Winners

2017
Alison McGuigan
University of Toronto

2016
Nathalie Tufenkji, McGill University
Presented by Nicolas Abatzoglou, CSChE Awards Director (Left) and Santiago Faucher, Hatch, CSChE President (Right)

2015
Milica Radisic, University of Toronto
Presented by Santiago Faucher, Global Director, Technology Development, Hatch (right)

2014
Krishna Mahadevan
University of Toronto

2013
Santiago Faucher
Hatch Ltd. and McMaster University