Faculty

XU Zhenghe
Chair Professor
The Canadian Academy of Engineering and Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) Fellow
Dean

Dr. Xu received his PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Supervisor: Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon), he worked as NSERC Industry Research Chair in Oil Sands Engineering (Renewal) in Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Alberta. Dr. Xu received the Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in 2015.

Education
1990 Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
(Supervisor: Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon)
Dissertation: A study of hydrophobic interaction in fine particle coagulation

1985 M.Sc. in Minerals Engineering, Central-South Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, PRC
(Supervisors: Professors J. Chen and W. Chen)
Thesis: The adsorption of sulphonated polyacrylamide on and flocculation separation of titanomagnetite, ilmenite and feldsp

1982 B.Sc. in Mining Engineering, Central-South Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, PRC

Academic and Research Experience
July 2017- Dean, College of Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

2016-2018 Visiting Professor, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan

2014-2017 NSERC Industry Research Chair in Oil Sands Engineering (Renewal): Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2013-2017 Canada Research Chair in Mineral Processing (Tier I Renewal): Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2012-2013 Visiting Professor: Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2008-2014 NSERC Industry Research Chair in Oil Sands Engineering: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

May 2007- Teck Cominco Professor (now Teck Professor): Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2006-2013 Canada Research Chair in Mineral Processing (Tier I): Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2002-2008 NSERC/EPCOR/AERI Industrial Research Chair: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2001-2002 McCalla Professor of University of Alberta: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2000- Professor: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

1997-1999 Associate Professor: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

1992-1996 Assistant Professor: Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

1991-1992 Postdoctoral Fellow: Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (Supervisor: Dr. Jacob Israelachvili)

1990-1991 Research Associate: Department of Mining and Minerals Processing Engineering, Virginia polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA (Supervisor: Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon)

1990-1991 Research Assistant: Department of Mining and Minerals Processing Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA (Supervisor: Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon)

1982-1985 Lecturer: Department of Minerals Engineering, Central South Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, PRC

Professional Memberships
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE)

American Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)

Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS)

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

Major Recognitions
IMPC Council Member, 2016-2020.

Visiting Professor at Kumamoto University (Japan), 2016-2018.

President, Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM, 2016-2017.

MetSoc Award for Research Excellence, Metallurgical and Materials Society of CIM, Canada, 2016.

Fellow of Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), 2015

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), 2015

The Teck Environmental Award, Metallurgical and Materials Society of CIM, Canada, 2013.

APEGA Frank Spragins Technical Award, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, 2012.

Fellow of Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), 2010.

Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, 2009.

NSERC Industry Research Chair in Oil Sands Engineering, 2008-2018.

Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2008.

Bill Moore Special Achievement Award of Canadian Mineral Processor, 2008.

Teck Cominco Professor (now Teck Professor), May 2007.

Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Mineral Processing, 2006-2020.

NSERC/EPCOR/AERI Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Coal Cleaning and Combustion Technology, 2002-2007.

Research Areas
Dr. Xu’s research interests focus on oil sands engineering, interfacial phenomena in mineral and materials processing; advanced coal cleaning and combustion technology; emission control; nanotechnology; molecular interactions at interfaces.

Book Chapters
1. Czarnecki, J., Masliyah, J., Xu, Z. and M. Dabros (eds.), 2013, Handbook on Theory and Practice of Bitumen Recovery from Athabasca Oil Sands, Vol. 2: Industry Practice, Kingsley, Calgary.

2. Masliyah, J., Czarnecki, J. and Z. Xu, 2011, Handbook on Theory and Practice of Bitumen Recovery from Athabasca Oil Sands, Vol. 1: Theoretical Basis, Kingsley, Calgary.

3. Xu, Z. and Q. Liu (eds.), 2006, Interfacial Phenomena in Fine Particle Technology, MetSoc, Montreal.

4. Harbottle, D., Liang, C., El-Thaher, N., Liu, Q., Masliyah, J. and Z. Xu, 2015, Particle-stabilized emulsions in heavy oil processing, in Particle-Stabilized Emulsions and Colloids: Formation and Application, T. Ngai and S.A.F. Bon (eds.), The Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 283-316.

5. Cadien, K., Nolan, L., Pirayesh, H., Dawkins, K. and Z. Xu, 2014, Electrochemical Aspects of Chemical Mechanical Polishing, in Electrodeposition and Surface Finishing, Fundamentals and Applications, S. S. Djokic (ed.), Springer, New York, 303-339.

6. Wang, L., Curran, M., Deng, M., Liu, Q., Xu, Z. and J. Masliyah, 2014, Physicochemical properties of heavy oil-water interface in the context of oil removal from sea water by froth flotation, in Oil Spill Remediation: Colloid Chemistry-Based Principles and Solutions, P. Somasundaran, R. Farinato, P. Patra and K. Papadopolous (eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 279-294.

7. Wang, L., Englert, A., Masliyah, J. and Z. Xu, 2011, Role of colloidal chemistry in oil sands processing, in Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science, P. Somasundaran (ed.), Taylor & Francis, London, in press.

8. Long, J., Xu, Z. and J. Masliyah, 2009 Bitumen recovery from oil sands, in Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science (2nd ed.), P. Somasundaran (ed.), Taylor & Francis, London, 1: 1, 1-18.

9. Xu, Z. and J. Dong, 2008, Synthesis, characterization and application of magnetic nanocomposites for removal of heavy metals from industrial effluents, in Emerging Environmental Technologies V, Shah (ed.), Springer Publications, 105-148.

10. Lopetinsky, R., Masliyah, J. and Z. Xu, 2006, Solids-stabilized emulsions: A review, in Colloidal Particles at Liquid Interfaces, B.P. Binks and T.S. Horozov (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 186-224.

11. Xu, Z. and J.H. Masliyah, 2007, Contact angle measurements for oxide and related surfaces, in Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science (2nd Edition), P. Somasundaran (ed.), Taylor & Francis, New York, 1540-1554.

12. Xu, Z., 2000, Flotation Historical Development, in Encyclopedia of Separation Science, I. D. Wilson, T. R. Adlard, C. F. Poole and M. Cook (eds.), Academic Press, 1527-1537.

13. Xu, M, Zhou, Z. and Z. Xu, 2000, Feed aeration, in Encyclopedia of Separation Science, I. D. Wilson, T. R. Adlard, C. F. Poole and M. Cook (eds.), Academic Press, 1556-1562.

14. Xu, Z., Liu Q. and J.A. Finch, 1999, Engineering of Nano-size Superparamagnetic particles for the use in magnetic carrier technology, in Surfaces of Nanoparticles and Porous Materials, J. Schwarz and C. Contescu (eds.), Marcel Dekker, New York, pp. 31-50.

15. Xu, Z., Zhang, Q. and J.A. Finch, 1999, Surface ionization and complexation, in Surfaces of Nanoparticles and Porous Materials, J. Schwarz and C. Contescu (eds.), Marcel Dekker, New York, pp. 593-612.

Refereed Journal Papers
1. Tang, Y., Zhang, X., Choi, P., Liu, Q. and Z. Xu, 2017, Probing single-molecule adhesion of a stimuli responsive oligo (ethylene glycol) methacrylate copolymer on a molecularly-smooth hydrophobic MoS2 basal plane surface, Langmuir, accepted.

2. Wang, X., Zhang, R., Liu, L., Qiao, P., Simon, S., Sjoblom, J. and Z. Xu, 2017, Interactions of polyaromatic compounds: Part 2. Flocculation probed by dynamic light scattering and molecular dynamics simulation, Energy Fuels, in press.

3. Qiao, P., Harbottle, D., Tchoukov, P., Wang, X. and Z. Xu, 2017, Asphaltene subfractions responsible for stabilizing water-in-crude oil emulsions: Part 3. Effect of Solvent Aromaticity, Energy Fuels, in press.

4. Cao, T., Li, Z., Xiong, Y., Yang, Y., Xu, S., Bisson, T., Gupta, R. and Z. Xu, 2017, Silica-silver nanocomposites as regenerable sorbents for Hg02 removal from flue gases, Env. Sci. Technol., in press.

5. Li, Z., Zhang, Y., Cao, T., Yang, Y., Xiong, Y., Xu, S. and Z. Xu, 2017, Highly conductive alkaline anion exchange membrane containing imidazolium-functionalized octaphenyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane filler, J. Membrane Sci., 541: 474-482.

6. Huang, G., Yang, Y., Sun, H., Xu, S., Wang, J., Ahmed, M. and Z. Xu, 2017, Defective ZnCo2O4 with Zn vacancies synthesis, property and electrochemical application, J. Alloy Compounds, 724: 1149-1156.

7. Li, Z., Cao, T., Zhang, Y., Han, Y., Xu, S. and Z. Xu, 2017, Novel lithium ion battery separator based on hydroxymethyl functionalized poly (ether ether ketone), J. Membrane Sci., 540: 422-429.

8. Yu, K., Zhang, H., Hodges, C., Biggs, S., Xu, Z., Cayre, O. and D. Harbottle, 2017, Foaming behavior of polymer-coated colloids: The need for thick liquid films, Langmuir, 33: 6528-6539.

9. Xiao, Y., Pudasainee, D., Gupta, R., Xu, Z. and Y. Diao, 2017, Elemental mercury reaction chemistry on brominated petroleum cokes, Carbon, 124: 89-96.

10. Chen, Q., Wang, L., Ren, G., Liu, Q., Xu, Z. and D. Sun, 2017, A fatty acid solvent of switchable miscibility, J. Colloid Interface sci., 504: 645-651.