13th International Conference on Fluidized Bed Technology

After one year delay, the 13th International Conference on Fluidized Bed Technology (CFB-13) was successfully held virtually from May 10 to 14, 2021, hosted jointly by the UBC Fluidization Research Centre (FRC), UBC Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and GLAB Reactor and Fluidization Technologies Inc.

The first CFB conference was held in Halifax, Canada, in 1985. Since then, the CFB conferences have been a premium forum for both the academia and industrial professionals to showcase the latest research and development in fluidization technology, particularly in the circulating fluidized bed technology. The 13th conference returned to Canada, marking the beginning of a new cycle of the CFB conference series. The conference consists of a 5-days program featuring 2.5 hours technical presentations and discussions and 1 hour industrial showcases.

The conference was attended by 207 delegates from all continents, with 6 plenary papers and 109 regular papers presented, covering modelling/simulation, hydrodynamics, heat/mass transfer, pyrolysis, gasification, combustion and CO2 capture from fluidized bed reactors. A virtual booth was hosted each day by one of the 4 conference sponsors: PSRI, CPFD, Coanda and BCRI, to showcase their state-of-the-art fluidization research facilities and simulation software. The conference paid tributes to 6 outstanding fluidization researchers (Octave Levenspiel, Fred Zenz, Daizo Kunii, John Davidson, Ernest-Ulrich Hartge, Owen Potter) who passed away in the last 5 years. The conference also celebrated the 12 successful CFB conferences with a historical highlight of accomplishments given by Dr. Joachim Werther, the convenor of the CFB conferences. Following the tradition, Dr. John Grace, the chair of the award committee, presented the prestigious Fluidization Achievement Awards to three outstanding fluidization researchers (Masayuki Horio, Yong Jin, Jinghai Li) to recognize their contribution to the fluidization field. Long Cheng, Kunlin Cong, Gerd Strenzke and Ruixu Wang received the best presentation prize and Youssef Badran, Guillermo Martinez Castilla, Xiandong Liu, Miao Miao and Yuan Xiao were presented with the best paper prize.

Taiyuan city, China, was selected by the International Advisory Board (IAB) of CFB conferences to host the CFB-14 conference in 2024. After serving 16-years as the convenor of the Board, Dr. Joachim Werther resigned, and Dr. Xiaotao Bi, the chair of the CFB-13 conference, was elected as the new convenor. He will work with IAB members to ensure the success of the future CFB conferences.


Fluidization Achievement Awards recipients (upper row) with conference organizers (lower row)
Upper row from left to right: Jinghai Li, Masayuki Horio, Yong Jin
Lower row from left to right: John Grace (Award Committee Chair), Xiaotao Bi (Conference Chair), Joachim Werther (Convenor)


Best Paper Prizes winners (upper row) with conference organizers (lower row)
Upper row from left to right: Guillermo Martinez Castilla, Miao Miao, Xiandong Liu
Lower tow from left to right: Naoko Ellis (conference co-chair), Cedric Briens (conference co-chair)


Best Presentation Prizes winners (upper row) with conference organizers (lower row)
Upper row from left to right: Long Cheng, Ruixu Wang, Kunlin Cong
Lower tow from left to right: Cedric Briens (conference co-chair), Naoko Ellis (conference co-chair)