ZHU, Shiping

X.Q. Deng Presidential Chair Professor

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries, Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada
Education Background

PhD (McMaster University)

BEng (Zhejiang University)

Research Field
Polymer chemical engineering, polymer reaction engineering, metallocene solution polymerization of olefins, high-end polymer product development, controlled radical polymerization, polymerization kinetic modeling and industrial process digitalization

Professor Zhu received B.Eng. degree from Zhejiang University in 1982 and PhD degree from McMaster University in 1991. He joined Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University in 1994 as a faculty member. He became Canada Research Chair in polymer reaction engineering in 2001. He served as Department Chair for Chemical Engineering from 2009 to 2014. He was bestowed the highest title honor of "Distinguished University Professor" at McMaster University in 2015. Professor Zhu joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen in 2017. He is a Presidential Chair Professor in the School of Science and Engineering, currently serving as Vice President for external and student affairs and Founding President for Shenzhen Institute for Advanced Polymer Materials.

Professor Zhu’s research is in the area of polymer chemical engineering, specializing polymer reaction engineering. He has made significant original contributions to metallocene solution polymerization of olefins, controlled radical polymerization, polymerization kinetic modelling and industrial process digitalization. He received Chemical Institute of Canada "Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award" in 2011 and Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering premier award "R.S. Jane Memorial Award" in 2016.

Professor Zhu received the National Science Fund for Overseas Distinguished Young Scholars in 2004. He was elected as Fellow of Chemical Institute of Canada in 2009, Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2010, Engineering Institute of Canada in 2011, Royal Society of Canada in 2014 and The World Academy of Sciences in 2020.

Professor Zhu has long term devoted to teaching and research in chemical engineering and polymer science. He has trained about 150 higher degree personnel, published 400 technical papers, received 18,000 citations with H index 77.

Professor Zhu is keen on the popularization of science. In the recent years, he has visited more than one hundred universities and high schools, delivering "The First Lecture in Chemical Engineering" "Devoted to the Arts of Science and Engineering for the Goods of Common People", and published "Song of Chemical Engineering", "Disciplinary Construction as Building Chinese Honorific Arch", "Life is Integration, Happiness is Derivative".

Professor Zhu is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Progress in Polymer Science, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, Macromolecular Theory and Simulation, Chemical Industry and Engineering Progress, and Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering (English Edition).


Academic Publications

1. S Zhu, AE Hamielec "Kinetic Modeling and Reaction Engineering" Chapter 4.46, in Matyjaszewski K and Möller M (eds.) Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference 2012, vol 4, pp 779-831. Amsterdam: Elsevier BV.

2. S Faucher, S Zhu, "Fundamentals and development of high‐efficiency supported catalyst systems for atom transfer radical polymerization", Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2007, vol 45, pp 553-565.

3. P Liu, W Liu, WJ Wang, BG Li, S Zhu "A comprehensive review on controlled synthesis of long‐chain branched polyolefins: Part 1, single catalyst systems" Macromolecular Reaction Engineering 2016, vol 10, pp 156-179; "Part 2, Multiple Catalyst Systems and Prepolymer Modification" Macromolecular Reaction Engineering 2016, vol 10, pp 180-200; "Part 3, characterization of long‐chain branched polymers" Macromolecular Reaction Engineering 2017, vol 11, pp 1600012

4. E Mastan, S Zhu "Method of moments: A versatile tool for deterministic modeling of polymerization kinetics" European Polymer Journal 2015, vol 68, pp 139-160; "Modeling and theoretical development in controlled radical polymerization" Progress in Polymer Science 2015, vol 45, pp 71-101

5. Q Zhang, L Lei, S Zhu "Gas-responsive polymers" ACS Macro Letters 2017, vol 6, pp 515-522; M Li, Q Zhang, YN Zhou, S Zhu "Let spiropyran help polymers feel force!" Progress in Polymer Science 2018, vol 79, pp 26-39; Y Qian, XQ Qiu, S Zhu "Lignin: a nature-inspired sun blocker for broad-spectrum sunscreens" Green Chemistry 2015, vol 17, pp 320-324

6. L Shi, Z Han, Y Feng, C Zhang, Q Zhang, H Zhu, S Zhu "Joule Heating of Ionic Conductors Using Zero-Phase Frequency AC to Suppress Electrochemical Reactions" Engineering 2022.