Industrial Bioproduct LabWestern Engineering

Prof. Charles Xu


Dr. Chunbao Charles Xu, P.Eng., FCIC


Professor, Department of Chemical/Biochemical Engineering

Director, Industrial Bioproduct Laboratory

NSERC-FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery (2011-2016)

Co-editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (IJCRE)


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

Dr. Charles Xu is a full Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Director of Industrial Bioproducts Laboratory of Western University, and was the NSERC/FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery between 2011 and 2016. Dr. Xu graduated from Anhui University of Technology (formerly East China Institute of Metallurgy) with a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering in June 1993, and he earned two Ph.D. degrees, one in Metallurgical Engineering (1998) from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and the other in Chemical Engineering (2004) from The University of Western Ontario. He has acquired an international reputation in the field of biorefinery, particularly in the production of bio-energy, bio-fuels, bio-based chemicals and materials from forestry and agricultural wastes and residues, and utilizations of biomass and bioenergy in iron and steel manufacturing processes. In the past 10 years, he has contributed to training of 120+ HQP (25+ PDF/research assistants, 60+ graduate students and 30+ BSc undergraduate students). He has edited/authored 2 Springer books on biorefinery, and published 15 book chapters and 170+ papers in peer-reviewed journals and 150+ conference papers/abstracts. In accordance to Google Scholar, his work has received a total citation of nearly 6000 with an H-index of 42 to date. His research has also resulted in 10 international (PCT) or US/Canadian provisional patents filed, and 22 invention disclosures reported. He was the recipient of the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award in 2011 from CSChE, the 2014 Outstanding Profile Award in Professionals Sector from Fairchild Television, and more recently the 2015 VELUX Visiting Professorship at Aalborg University, Denmark, 2016 Visiting Erskine Fellowship at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and the 2016 Vanguard Award for License Agreement Signed from WORLDiscoveries. He has been serving as the co-editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (IJCRE) since 2011. He was elected a Fellow of Chemical Institute of Canada in April 2018.