Platinum Seminar by Professor Xiao Dong Chen

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19th Feb 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm
Lecture Theatre E7, 14 Alliance Lane
Chemical Engineering

Life Quality Engineering (LQE) Encapsulating Food Practices - Why, How and Future Prospects

In this talk, a path taken by an ‘ever’ evolving chemical engineer is explained. The research and development as a result of this path can be seen from being very specific to be more comprehensive. Meeting the grand challenges in the improvement and maintenance of Life Quality (LQ) in an aging society (with more diabetic populations for instance) yet in a fast changing world, chemical engineering becomes even more multidisciplinary and multi-scaled. Industrial processing, in vivo and in vitro processes all have to be understood interactively and systematically. In proposing LQ as one of the main driving forces for humanity, chemical reactor engineering can be seen as a solid framework for behavioral analyses. Applications and extensions of chemical engineering principles in LQ are fascinating and the prospects for future are ever broadening. Finally, if time allows, a new approach to engineering turbulence analysis will also be talked about only for fun.


Professor Xiao Dong Chen, Soochow University Distinguished Professor and Founding Head of the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (2013-). He obtained a BE in Engineering Thermophysics from Tsinghua University (1987), a PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University (1991), and a MSc in Mathematics from University of New South Wales (2014). He is an Editor of Trends in Food Science and Technology (Elsevier) and the founding editor of International Journal of Food Engineering (2005). Among many awards given, he was the recipient of the Young Food Engineer Award at the 6th International Congress of Engineering and Foods (ICEF-6, Mexico, 2004) and the Lifetime Achievement Award at ICEF-12 (Quebec, Canada, 2015). Most recently, he was given the first Docteur Honoris Causa in the history of Agrocampus Ouest (France, 2017), The Most Favourite Lecturer of the Year voted by UG students at Soochow University (2017), The Power Chair Professor 2017 at National Tsinghua University Taiwan and Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Padmashri Dr G P Kane Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award (2017) and Arun Mujumdar Medal for Excellence in Drying Research (2017). He was the Chairman of the 2012 International Drying Symposium (IDS) and the co-chairman of the 2016 AIChE Sustainability Symposium. He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Biology and Basic Medical Sciences at Soochow University (2016-), Adjunct Professor at Xiamen University (2013-) and at Monash University (2010-) and an Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland (2006-). He is also a Lifetime Honorary Mentor appointed for Guiyang 1st High School (China) since 2018. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand (2001) and a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2007). Also a Fellow of IChemE UK and a Senior Member of AIChE. Formerly he was a Senior Research Engineer at New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, a Chair Professor at University of Auckland (New Zealand), a Chair Professor at Monash University (Australia) and a Chair Professor at Xiamen University (China). By the end of 2018, he has published over 570 refereed journal articles and more than 230 conference papers. Delivered over 60 Plenary/Keynote/Invited Lectures worldwide. Published 3 books (including Modelling Drying Processes–A Reaction Engineering Approach published by Cambridge University Press, 2013), authored and co-authored 23 book chapters and over 50 reports on industrial consulting projects. His research areas include biology inspired chemical engineering (initiator), food engineering, particle technology, turbulence, spontaneous combustion and mathematical modelling. He is interested in pop music, painting and applying chemical engineering principles to analyse social behaviours etc. He is also interested in commercializing the technologies developed in his team as board directors of two innovative companies in China and has been a frequent consultant for several other companies in China and internationally.

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Ravi Jagadeeshan