Dean of the College of Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Zhenghe Xu graduated with B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Minerals Engineering in 1982 and 1985, respectively, from Central-South Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Changsha, China; and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science in 1990 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. As a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, Dr. Xu was Canada Research Chair in Mineral Processing (2006-2017) and NSERC-Industry Research Chair in Oil Sands Engineering (2008-2017). He was also the holder of NSERC-EPCOR-AERI Industry Research Chair in Advanced Coal Cleaning and Combustion Technology from 2002-2008. Dr. Xu is a visiting professor at Kumamoto University of Japan (October 2016 – March 2019). In August 2016, he joined the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen (China) as a Chair Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering and Founding Dean of College of Engineering.
Dr. Xu’s main research area is interfacial sciences as applied to natural resources processing and utilization. He published over 420 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers (more than 10900 citations) and 60 technical conference proceeding papers along with three US patents and one Canadian patent. He co-authored one book and co-edited two books with 12 book chapter contributions. Dr. Xu was named Teck professor in 2007, and elected to Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2008 and Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 2015. He was awarded the Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice of Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering in 2009, the APEGA Frank Spragins Award in 2012, The Teck Environmental Award in 2013, Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development of CIM in 2015, and MetSoc Award for Research Excellence in 2016. He was the president of Metallurgical and Materials Society of CIM (2016-2017), Canada and a council member of International Mineral Processing Council (2016-2020). More details could be found at www.xumaster.com.