2022 Award Recipient – Dr. Ying Zheng

Dr. Ying Zheng (郑莹) (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

Dr. Ying Zheng, Professor at Western University and Canada Research Chair (Tier I), is a world-renowned expert in the field of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. She has made pioneering contributions to research in the design of catalytic processes/materials impacting the field of renewable energy and decarbonization. Her research has had international and practical application in the design of processes to produce green diesel from non-edible lipids, convert agricultural/forestry waste to advanced hydrocarbon biofuels, develop catalysts for fuel upgrading and facilitate renewable and clean energy catalytic conversion.

Dr. Zheng is also a dedicated educator who has trained 88+ graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research engineers who now placed in influential positions in industry and academia. Her endeavors in promoting women in engineering and a professional working environment have been well recognized.

Education Background

1999Ph.D.Chemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
1994M.Sc.E.Chemical Engineering, Northwest University (China)
1991B.Sc.E.Chemical Engineering, Northwest University (China)


  • Publication of 186 refereed journal papers (9635 citations, h-index 53, i10-index 144 in Google Scholar as of September 3, 2022), highly cited by 111 research areas and 90 regions around the world
  • Delivery of 100+ invited lectures and conference presentations at national and international conferences
  • Invention of 11 patented technologies with 3 licensing agreements

Honours and Awards (selected)

2022Faculty Scholar Award, University of Western Ontario
2021 – PresentCanada Research Chair (Tier I) in Chemical Reactions and Intensification
2021 – PresentFellow, Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC, to be inducted)
2019 – PresentProfessional Engineer, Ontario (PEO)
2018 – PresentFellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, UK)
2018The 2018 Applied Catalysis Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
2018The 2018 Design and Industrial Practice Award, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
2017 – PresentFellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK
2017 – PresentChartered Engineer (CEng, UK)
2017Women of Innovation: The Influence of Leading Canadian Female Engineers
2016 – PresentFellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE)
2014 – PresentFellow, the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC)
2014 – 2021Member, first batch of the College of New Scholars, Royal Society of Canada
2012The Fredrik and Catherine Eaton Visitorship Award
2010The 2010 Syncrude Canada Innovation Award
2009The University Research Scholar, University of New Brunswick
2009Imperial Oil University Research Award
2007Humboldt Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation