Ajay Ray

Professor and Chair

PhD (Chem. Eng.) University of Minnesota
M. Tech (Chem. Eng.) IIT Kanpur
BSc (Chem) & B.Tech (Chem. Eng.), University of Calcutta, India

Professor Ajay K. Ray, Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at Western University, has made seminal research contributions in industrial process modeling and optimization; development of solar photocatalysis; and advancement of simulated moving bed technology for reactive separation. Dr. Ray has contributed to enhance engineering knowledge by devising innovative approaches to enhance process performance for applications in energy, environment, food and health, the key challenges facing the world. Dr. Ray is a prolific author, having written a text book on Engineering Mathematics and over 200 research articles in archival journals. The impact of his work is evident from high h-index and citations received. He has mentored over 60 graduate students. He is member of the editorial board of journals, recipient of the Research, Teaching and Faculty Scholars award, CrayQuest award, Distinguished Speakers award, and Distinguished Alumni award from Calcutta University.

Employment History

Honours and Awards

  • Editor, Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering Book Series -2000, Elsevier Science, 2015
  • Maurice Bergougnou Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Western Ontario, 2013
  • Member of International Scientific Council (ISC) of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), Russian Federation, 2013
  • Western University Faculty Scholar Award, 2012
  • Faculty of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research, Western University, 2011
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, University of Calcutta, India, 2010
  • Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials, 2010
  • Most Cited Author at Western Engineering
  • CMCSRI Distinguished Speakers Award Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), 2009
  • Maurice Bergougnou Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Western Ontario, 2009
  • CrayQuest Award for excellence in R&D using high performance computing, 2009
  • Nomination for University of Western Ontario USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching 2006-2007
  • Member of Editorial Board, Euro-Asian Journal of Applied Sciences, 2004
  • Member of Editorial Board, Euro-Asian Journal of Scientific Research, 2004
  • Teaching Commendation Certificate, National University of Singapore, 2004
  • Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Eng., 2002
  • Member of Working Party, Asia Pacific Chemical Reaction Engineering (APCRE)


Event Administration

  • Organization of Technical Sessions at CSChE Annual Conference, 2011

Editorial Activities

  • Editor, Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering Book Series, Volume 2B: Separation Processes, Book (2015-2017)
  • Editorial Board Member, AIMS Bioengineering, Journal (2014-2017)
  • Editorial Board Member, Processes, Journal (2014-2016)
  • Editorial Board Member, Current Biochemical Engineering, Journal (2012-2016)
  • Editorial Board Member, European Journal of Scientific Research, Journal (2004-2016)
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Journal (2001-2016)
  • Reviewers, Applied Catalysis B: Environment; Journal of Hazardous Waste; Separation & Purification Technology; Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering; Chemosphere; Water Research; Polymer Engineering Science, Journal (2000-2016)
  • Reviewers, AIChE Journal, Chemical Engineering Science, Chemical Engineering, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Environmental Science and Technology, Applied Catalysis A: General; Langmuir, Journal (2000-2016)
  • Special Issue Editor, Polymer Engineering Science - Special Issue in Honor of Professor Santosh K Gupta, 51(10), P1907-2117, 2011, Journal (2010-2011)

Knowledge and Technology Translation  

  • Advisor, Consulting for Industry Group/Organization/Business Serviced: COFCO Corporation, Beijing, China (2015-2017) References:  Biotechnology Center, Nutrition & Health Research Institute, COFCO Corporation, www.cofco.com


International Collaboration Activities

  • Visiting Professor - Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2014/09-2014/11)
  • Visiting Professor - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (2014/07-2014/08)