Sponsored by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia, GLAB Reactor and Fluidization Technologies Inc.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia, GLAB Reactor and Fluidization Technologies Inc

This award is presented to a person who, as a Canadian citizen or an individual working in Canada, has made an exceptional contribution to chemical engineering, particularly in the fields of particle technology, clean energy, greenhouse gas mitigation, and novel applications that enhance quality of life.

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The 2022 winner of the John R. Grace Award is:


Jesse Zhu, FCIC

Western University

Dr. Jesse Zhu is a Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair at Western University in Canada. He is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineering Institute of Canada and Chemical Institute of Canada. In the mid 1980s, he was a PhD student of Prof. John Ross Grace.

With a B.Eng. from Tsinghua University (1982) where he also worked for 2 years as a Junior Lecturer, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia (1988), he first worked as a Research Scientist for Shell in Europe and UBC for a couple of years. In 1993, he joined Western University where he attained full professorship and established the Particle Technology Research Centre in 1999. As a world leading academic in particle technology, Zhu has 500 referred journal publications, 50 plus patents, and over 260 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supervised. In addition to fundamental research, he is particularly active in technology development and transfer, with some commercialized or being commercialized.

Zhu has received many awards, including three major awards from CSChE, the Syncrude Innovation Award (1999), the Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice (2007) and the R.S Jane Memorial Award (2013). He has also received the Elsevier Lifetime Achievement Award from American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Professional Engineers Engineering Medal, and the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research from Western.

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