9 December 2015
Dr. Joe R. H. Zhao, an Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Department of UBC, has recently been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) UK for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of chemical science.
Dr. Zhao is Chief Scientist and CEO of Tri-Y Environmental Research Institute, a company he founded and has led since 1998 focused on invention and commercialization of new chemistry-based technologies. As lead scientist, Dr. Zhao has made pioneering contributions to the chemistry of papermaking, environmental protection, and energy conservation. His major accomplishments include chemical control agents for contaminants in papermaking, high efficiency flocculants, novel high-speed bioreactors for wastewater treatment; and novel building materials for releasing and absorbing heat to conserve energy. The latter developments are now in large-scale commercial production.
Dr. Zhao obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the South China University of Technology (SCUT). Upon graduation in 1987 he joined the faculty as a professor at SCUT specializing in pulp and paper engineering. After further studies in the UK at the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Dr. Zhao came to UBC in 1989 for postdoctoral studies and further research in papermaking topics in the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre. He left in 1995 to work for a paper chemical company, then founded the company which he leads to this day.
In addition to his Adjunct Professorship at UBC, Dr. Zhao currently holds the honour of Distinguished Professor and Honorary Chair, Chemical Engineering at SCUT (since 1998) and Adjunct Professor, Pulp and Paper, Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, China (since 2003).
Dr. Zhao is a member of the Society of Rheology, Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, The Chemical Institute of Canada, Canada Green Building Council, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.
The Royal Society of Chemistry, founded in 1841, is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists and the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical science. The Royal Society of Chemistry partners with industry and academia, promotes collaboration and innovation, advises governments on policy and promotes the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science. The designation FRSC honor is given to a group of elected Fellows who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of chemical science. The names of newly elected Fellows are published each year in The Times (London).