Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringWestern Engineering

Chunbao (Charles) Xu

Professor, NSERC/FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, 2004
PhD in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Sci. & Tech. Beijing, 1998
BSc in Metallurgical Engineering, Anhui University of Technology, 1993

My Research Group


Dr. Xu’s research is centered on development of bio-energy and high-value bioproducts (biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials) from bioresources (e.g., agro-forest biomass/residues, municipal solid wastes and wastewater sludge) via thermochemical and catalytic conversion processes. In addition, Dr. Xu is active in upgrading of heavy residual oil via hydro-treatment and recovery of organics from oil sands tailing water. Dr. Xu has co-edited a Springer book on biorefinery, published 10 book chapters and more than 90 peer-reviewed journal papers. He is one of the key faculty members for the Green Process Engineering (GPE) program – The first of its kind of program in Canada.

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Professional Activities