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Jingzheng Ren


Jingzheng Ren

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Keynote Lecture: Sustainable Chemistry: The Bigger Picture - Economy & Alternative Business Models 

Dr. Jingzheng Ren is currently an Associate Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been selected as the only winner of the 2022 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize), in recognition of his scientific contribution commitment to excellence in “Innovation to achieve economic, environmental, and social goals” and Bio-Circular-Green Economy.

He received his B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees from Chongqing University in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He received a Ph.D degree in 2015 from University of Padua. He worked as an Assistant Professor, then an Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark before moving to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was also appointed as Associated Senior Research Fellow of Institute for Security & Development Policy (Sweden).

His research focuses on process systems engineering for energy, environment and sustainability. He has specialized in developing innovative industrial processes, decision-making tools and optimization models based on systems thinking to achieve sustainable and carbon-neutral industrial systems for promoting sustainability transition. He is skilled in using process systems engineering to achieve sustainability-oriented decision-making and optimization, and it can help the decision-makers to make informed decisions to achieve sustainable industrial systems with the considerations of multiple objectives, multiple dimensions, multiple scales, and multiple stakeholders. These innovative tools and models developed by him have been widely cited by researchers all over the world, and they have also attracted interests of industrial partners for dissemination and demonstration.

He has published more than 300 publications including more than 230 journal papers, 1 authored book by Springer, more than 20 edited books (published by Elsevier, Springer, World Scientific Publishing and AIP, etc.), more than 50 book chapters, and 5 editorials. Since 2020, according to Scopus international database he has been placed as the top 10 authors in both “sustainability” and “sustainability assessment” all over the world based on the total number of journal articles (search on title, abstract and keywords), and he is also ranked in the top 2% scientists listed in The Stanford List in the field of Energy since 2020.

He serves as the co-editor-in-chief, editor, associate editor, specialty chief editor, or section chief editors of many journals belonging to Elsevier, Springer, AIP or some other publishers. He also served as the general chair, session chair, organizing committee member, academic member and technical committee member of many international conferences as well as referee of many journals.