DE LASA, Hugo

Professor
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

P.Eng., FCIC
B. Chem. Eng. (Univ. Nacional del Sur, Argentina) 1968
Dr. Ing. (Nancy, France) 1971


DR. de LASA is a Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of the University of Western Ontario. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina and in 1971 with a Doctoral degree from the Université de Nancy in France. Hugo de Lasa received in 2004 an Honoris Causa Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Mexico. He is the founding Director of the University of Western Ontario’s Chemical Reactor Engineering Centre (CREC). Since its inception in 1987, this center has received significant financial support and has been collaborating with a diversity of industries and governmental agencies from about 20 countries.

Prof. de Lasa is the author of 170 peer reviewed publications, 4 books, and 11 U.S. and Canadian patents. He is an innovative teacher who has been actively involved in the training of graduate students with the successful supervision of 23 PhD and 26 MESc theses. Prof. de Lasa’s activities have been of key importance for furthering the understanding of the science and the technology of chemical reactors. His original work deals with the application of chemical reactor engineering to environmentally friendly processes and products. Examples of Hugo de Lasa's inventions are the CREC-Riser Simulator, the Pseudoadiabatic Catalytic Reactor, the CREC-Optiprobes and the Photo-CREC reactors. In 2003, de Lasa funded Recat Technologies Inc (http://www.recattechnologies.com/ ) with the goal of commercializing CREC innovations and patents.

Hugo de Lasa has been actively involved in promoting important technical events: the 48th CSChE conference held in 1998, two NATO Advanced Study Institutes organized in 1985 and 1991, three United Engineering Foundation conferences held in 1997, 2001 and 2003, the 2002 Circulating Fluidized Bed Conference. He chaired the 2005-CRE X of the ECI on “Innovations in Chemical Reactor Engineering” held in Zacatecas, Mexico. Hugo de Lasa is the co-founding editor of the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering.

In 1998, Hugo de Lasa received the Research Excellence Prize from the Faculty of Engineering Science of the University of Western Ontario. In 2000, he was designated Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. That same year, he was awarded the Medal of Research and Development from the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2001, Hugo de Lasa received the Award in Industrial Practice and in 2004 the R.S.Jane Lecture Award, both from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. In 2005 Hugo de Lasa was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

KEYWORDS: Catalysis, photocatalysis, chemical reactors, fluidization

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Bio-Engineering Building,
Room number 81
Telephone: 519-661-2144
Fax: 519-661-3498
E-mail: hdelasa@eng.uwo.ca