Prof. Xu is currently Chair Professor of Advanced Biorefinery at City University of Hong Kong, Fellow of Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC) and Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE). He was a tenured Full Professor between July 2014 and June 2023 and the NSERC/FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery (2011-2016) at Western University, acquiring an international reputation for research, innovations and industrial applications of high-value bioproducts from renewable resources, particularly development of bio-based chemicals and materials from forestry/ agricultural residues, catalytic conversion of glycerol and sugars into green hydrogen chemicals, and resources recovery from wastewater sludges and microalgae. He has authored/edited 3 books on biorefinery, and published 20+ book chapters and 300+ papers in peer-reviewed journals. In accordance to Google Scholar, his work has received over 17,000 total citations with an H-index of 71 to date, and was ranked among the 100,000 most-cited scientists in the world in 2019 and the top 2 percent of their sub-fields. With 16 PCT/US/Canadian/Chinese Patents issued/pending, Dr. Xu has made outstanding contributions to applied science and engineering practice. He was the recipient of the 2011 Syncrude Canada Innovation Award and the 2019 Award in Design and Industrial Practice from Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering.
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