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The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical engineering, demonstrating exceptional promise, while working in Canada. Eligible candidates must have held their first professional appointment as an independent researcher in academia, government, or industry for seven years or less at the time of nomination submission.

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Nashaat N. Nassar

The 2021 winner of the The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award is:

Nashaat N. Nassar, MCIC
University of Calgary
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Dr. Nassar is a full professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. He leads a large research group focuses on the development and application of naturally-derived nanomaterials in energy and the environment. He established a world-leading, industrially-connected Laboratory for Nanomaterials Research that has attracted over $10 million in research funds, and he is currently working with several national and international oil and gas companies to commercialize his research. Energy and environment applications are the dominant theme of his research activities to serve the Canadian community. Dr. Nassar’s research program emphasizes on the development of new technologies to improve the sustainability of unconventional hydrocarbon recovery processes and to advance the transition to low carbon energy sources.

Dr. Nassar communicated his scientific knowledge through publishing 110 peer-reviewed journal papers, ten book chapters, two books, seven filed USA patents and six invention disclosures, and founded two spin off companies (NanoSoln Inc. and Carbon OxyTech Inc.). He has an h-index of 42 and his work has been cited 5083 times. He has received several prestigious awards and has delivered 50 invited talks in renowned national and international conferences and universities. Not only is he pushing the limits of science and technology in his field, but he does also so in collaboration with national and international top-ranked industrial sponsors, who understand and benefit from his unique approach to solving real world problems. Funding for his research has been through national programs such as NSERC DG, Engage, and Alliance, provincial funding through Alberta Innovates, industry contracts with Cenovus Energy, Seven Generation Energy, Executive Mat Services, and international funding through organizations such as CIATEC-PROFTECH-CONACYT-PEMEX, Mexico; Chevron USA Inc; QEERI in Qatar, and Werner Graupe International.

He trained 11 postdoctoral fellows, 12 PhD students, 26 Masters students and 40 undergraduate students. Many of his former HQPs are now employed in the Canadian energy industry and professors in international universities.

Dr. Nassar serves on several administrative committees at UCalgary, mainly focused on teaching and professional development. Also, served as an expert reviewer for research grant proposals and peer-reviewed journals and acted as an associate editor for the Natural Gas Science and Engineering journal and Energies.

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Past Winners


Gisele Azimi, MCIC

University of Toronto
Society: CSChE

Arun Ramachandran

University of Toronto
Society: CSChE

Thomas A. Adams II

McMaster University
Society: CSChE

Alison McGuigan

University of Toronto
Society: CSChE

Hongbo Zeng

University of Alberta
Society: CSChE