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keynote Speaker

Charles Xu


Charles Xu

City University of Hong Kong, HK

Prof. Xu is currently Chair Professor of Advanced Biorefinery at City University of Hong Kong, Fellow of Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC) and Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE). He was a tenured Full Professor between July 2014 and June 2023 and the NSERC/FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery (2011-2016) at Western University, acquiring an international reputation for research, innovations and industrial applications of high-value bioproducts from renewable resources, particularly development of bio-based chemicals and materials from forestry/ agricultural residues, catalytic conversion of glycerol and sugars into green hydrogen, chemicals, and resources recovery from wastewater sludges and microalgae. He has authored/edited 3 books on biorefinery, and published 20+ book chapters and 320+ papers in peer-reviewed journals. According to Google Scholar, his work has received nearly 20,000 citations with an H-index of 75 to date. With 16 PCT/US/Canadian/Chinese Patents issued/pending, Dr. Xu has made outstanding contributions to applied science and engineering practice. He was the recipient of the 2011 Syncrude Canada Innovation Award and the 2019 Award in Design and Industrial Practice from Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering, the 2023-2023 Changjiang Scholars Chair Professorship from the Chinese Ministry of Education, and more recently the 2023 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is an Associate Editor for Biomass and Bioenergy, and Resources Chemicals and Materials.