东京来电Springer News: Prof. Zhen Fang has been elected as 2021 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)

东京来电Springer News: Prof. Zhen Fang has been elected as 2021 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)

Recently, Springer Editor Dr. Mei Hann Lee from Tokyo congratulated Prof. Zhen Fang, Editor-in-Chief, Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries, being elected as 2021 Fellow of CAE:

https://www.springer.com/series/11687?detailsPage=free

Prof. Zhen Fang has been elected as a 2021 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)

President Yves Beauchamp welcomed 50 new elected Fellows and two new International Fellows to the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) on 14 June 2021. Prof. Zhen Fang at Nanjing Agricultural University among the CAE’s 52 new fellows for 2021 has been elected into the CAE. Dr. Donna Strickland (FCAE, Nobel Prize in Physics 2018) and Dr. Lorne Trottier (FCAE, entrepreneur and philanthropist) were invited to give “Douglas Ruth Memorial Lecture” entitled “Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring” and “A Perspective on Climate Change and 21st Century Challenge”, respectively.

The Induction Ceremony, which will honor both the 2020 and 2021 elected Fellows, has been postponed to October 2021 and will be held virtually.

The CAE is a national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to the country.

Dr. Fang is a world-renowned expert in renewable energy and green technologies. He has made major contributions to the fields of biomass hydrolysis, biodiesel production, nanocatalysts for biofuel synthesis, hydrothermal processes. He has trained many students and engineers in Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and China. He serves both as editor and editorial board member of major energy journals. As the founding Editor-in-Chief, Springer Book Series-Biofuels and Biorefineries, he is leading the international editorial team to organize and assist authors to publish a series of biomass-related books that have made exceptional contributions to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

See https://cae-acg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CAE-2021-News-release.pdf

施普林格祝贺:方真教授当选加拿大工程院院士(CAE

最近,来自东京的施普林格编辑Mei Hann Lee博士祝贺施普林格系列丛书《生物燃料和生物精炼》总编辑方真教授当选为2021年加拿大工程院院士:

https://www.springer.com/series/11687?detailsPage=free

方真教授是可再生能源和绿色技术专家。他在生物质水解、生物柴油生产、生物燃料合成、纳米催化剂和水热法等领域做出了重要贡献。

自2012年以来,他担任斯普林格系列丛书《生物燃料和生物精炼》创始总编辑。他负责的编委会,由八位世界著名的生物燃料和生物炼制专家组成(两位美国工程院院士,四位加拿大工程院院士,一位加拿大皇家学会院士和一位日本东北大学著名教授)。该系列丛书的目的是组织世界各地的生物能源专家出版一系列在不同领域与生物质相关的书籍,旨在每年至少出版1-2册专著。该系列丛书将着重于介绍与生物质生产,生物燃料,生物制品,化学品,生物材料,食品和医药产品,能源规划和政策,以及加工技术相关的所有方面的知识,研究和近展。该系列丛书将是强大的和综合的有关生物质生产,生物能源,生物燃料,生物制品的知识库。为科学家,学生,政策制定者和工程师提供知识以反映生物炼制这个交叉学科领域研究的爆炸性增长并引导该学科的发展。目前,方老师发表英文专著20部(Springer 13部,38万次章节下载量)。该系列丛书出版10部专著,章节的许多作者或审稿人为(或成为)中国和发达国家院士或著名期刊的总编辑,章节下载量(电子版销售量)18万次。其中一本书赢得了2020年“斯普林格-自然中国新发展奖”,以表彰他对实现联合国可持续发展目标(SDGs)的杰出贡献。他编著的4 部专著已进入Springer高下载书籍前25%。该系列丛书已成为生物燃料研究最新进展和理论创新的知识库,它大大增加了中国和加拿大在可再生能源领域研究的影响力。

方真教授毕业于中国农业大学和加拿大麦吉尔大学,获中国农大学士、硕士、博士(导师: 曾德超院士)学位、麦大博士(导师: JA Kozinski院士)学位以及西班牙萨拉戈萨大学博士后(欧共体居里夫人奖学金)训练。

加拿大工程院成立于 1987 年,是加拿大国家级工程院,是国际工程技术科学院理事会(世界各国国家级工程院的联合组织CAETS: International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences)的成员。加拿大工程院院士是加拿大联邦政府授予在工程领域代表加拿大国家水平专家、教授的荣誉称号,并作为国家智囊团为国家层面课题立项、评审和研究提供权威意见。新增院士由院士提名和选举产生。

麦大工学院院长贺电Message from the Dean of Engineering, McGill University

麦大工学院院长贺电Message from the Dean of Engineering, McGill University

Congratulations from the Dean of Engineering, McGill

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From: Anabela Fernandes, Mrs. On Behalf Of Engineering Alumni
Sent: 2021年7月12日 23:15
To: Zhen Fang
Subject: Message from the Dean of Engineering, McGill University

This email is being sent to you on behalf of Dean Jim A. Nicell:

Dear Dr. Fang,

McGill’s Faculty of Engineering is tremendously proud of its graduates’ accomplishments, and I was pleased to learn that you have been elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

As Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, I want to offer my heartiest congratulations.

Your alma mater is honoured to be associated with an individual like you, who is contributing in such a meaningful way to the business community.

Once again, congratulations and I wish you every success.

 

Sincerely,

Jim A. Nicell

Dean, Faculty of Engineering

McGill University

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麦大工学院院长祝贺校友方真教授当选加拿大工程院院士

尊敬的方博士:

我很高兴得知您当选加拿大工程院院士(FCAE),麦吉尔大学工学院对毕业生的成就感到无比自豪。

作为工学院院长,我要向您表示最衷心的祝贺。

您的母校很荣幸能与您这样一位为工程领域做出如此有意义贡献的人联系在一起。

 

再次祝贺您,祝您一切顺利。

真诚地

吉姆A.尼塞尔

工学院院长

麦吉尔大学


加拿大工程院成立于 1987 年,是加拿大国家级工程院,是国际工程技术科学院理事会(世界各国国家级工程院的联合组织CAETS: International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences)的成员。加拿大工程院院士是加拿大联邦政府授予在工程领域代表加拿大国家水平专家、教授的荣誉称号,并作为国家智囊团为国家层面课题立项、评审和研究提供权威意见。新增院士由院士提名和选举产生。

方真教授当选加拿大工程院院士

方真教授当选加拿大工程院院士Prof. Zhen Fang has been elected as 2021 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Fifty-two new Fellows elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)

Ottawa – (14 June 2021) – President Yves Beauchamp welcomed 50 new elected Fellows and two new International Fellows to the Canadian Academy of Engineering on 14 June 2021. Prof. Zhen Fang at Nanjing Agricultural University among the CAE’s 52 new fellows for 2021 has been elected into the CAE. Due to the complications with the COVID-19 pandemic, new Fellows were welcomed virtually, in conjunction with the Academy’s 2021 Annual General Meeting.

Dr. Donna Strickland (FCAE, Nobel Prize in Physics 2018) and Dr. Lorne Trottier (FCAE, entrepreneur and philanthropist) were invited to give “Douglas Ruth Memorial Lecture” entitled “Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring” and “A Perspective on Climate Change and 21st Century Challenge”, respectively.

The Induction Ceremony, which will honor both the 2020 and 2021 elected Fellows, has been postponed to October 2021, and will be held virtually.

To view our official press release, click here.

See https://cae-acg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CAE-2021-News-release.pdf

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Miss Lu-ping Li successfully defended her Master thesis

Miss Lu-ping Li successfully defended her Master thesis

In the afternoon of June 3, 2021, Miss Lu-ping Li supervised by Prof. Zhen Fang, successfully defended her thesis in B404 Huixian Building, Pukou Campus of Nanjing Agricultural University. The defending committee was composed of Profs. Min Kang (chair) & Chun-xia He, and associate Profs. Xiu-qing Fu & Xing-shen Wang from Nanjing Agricultural University, as well as external member Senior Researcher Mr. Jun-heng Liu from Bosch Automotive Aftermarket (China) co., ltd.

Miss Lu-ping Li presented her research results for Master thesis in 15 min, the committee members raised relevant questions. Based on the replies and external thesis reviews, the panel agreed that Miss Li had successfully completed her research and course requirements on agricultural bio-environment and energy engineering. Miss Li studied the production of liquid fuel precursors from furfural with research entitled “Synthesis of liquid fuel precursors from furfural with lanthanide-based oxide catalyst”. Her work realized the efficient conversion of furfural and significantly improved the yield of 1,5-di-2-furanyl-1,4-pentadien-3-one. She co-authored 2 papers. After the jury voted by secret ballot, the panel agreed to confer Master of Science in Engineering Degree to Miss Lu-ping Li, subjected to the approval by the Academic Degrees Committees of the college and university.

She got a decent Job in a provincial Bank close to Nanjing.

Congratulations to Miss Li!

李路平同学顺利通过硕士论文答辩

2021年6月3日下午,南京农业大学生物能源组2018级工学硕士研究生李路平(女)毕业答辩会在南京农业大学浦口校区汇贤楼B404举行。南京农业大学的康敏教授担任答辩评委会委员主席主席,何春霞教授,傅秀清副教授,王兴盛副教授和博世汽车技术服务(中国)有限公司刘军恒副研究员共四位专家担任评审委员。

答辩会上,李路平同学对其在校期间的学术论文进行汇报,同时答辩委员会主席和各位评委提出了相关问题。根据李路平同学的问题回答以及学位论文的评阅意见,评委会经过评审决议,一致认为李路平同学完成了农业生物环境与能源工程的研究和课程要求。李路平同学在毕业论文《镧系金属氧化物催化生物质基糠醛合成液体燃料前体的研究》中研究了糠醛制备液体燃料前体的课题。实现了糠醛的高效转化,并显着提高了1,5-2-呋喃基-1,4-戊二烯-3-酮的产率。李路平同学参与发表论文2篇。经评委会无记名投票表决,一致同意李路平同学通过硕士学位论文答辩,建议授予李路平同学工学硕士学位。

祝贺李路平同学!

Direct production of biodiesel from renewable oils using calcined blast furnace dust

Direct production of biodiesel from renewable oils using calcined blast furnace dust

Recently, Dr Ms. Yi-Tong Wang (Associate Professor, College of Metallurgy and Energy, North China University of Science and Technology) and Prof. Zhen Fang published an article in Renewable Energy using calcined blast furnace dust as catalyst material for biodiesel production.

Direct production of biodiesel by both esterification and transesterification of renewable oils with acid value (AV) of 9.6-28.9 mg KOH/g using calcined blast furnace dust is studied. Blast furnace dust calcined at 600-700 oC obviously promotes efficient biodiesel production because of the crystal form transformation from lead sulfate particles in dust into active lead oxide, lead sulfide, and lead particles. It is found for the first time that lead oxide, lead sulfide and lead particles can resist saponification from fatty acids to catalyze raw renewable oils to biodiesel with catalytic activity order as follows: lead oxide > lead > lead sulfide > lead sulfate. Biodiesel production process is optimized according to an orthogonal design with biodiesel yield of 92 wt% obtained at AV of 9.6 mg KOH/g (82 wt% after 5 cycles). Biodiesel yield of 84 wt% is achieved at AV of 28.9 mg KOH/g with acidity of 0.18 mmol/g. Calcined blast furnace dust presents potential applications in the production of biodiesel from renewable oils with high AVs.

Related results were published in Renewable Energy:

YT Wang, WJ Cong, YN Zeng*, YQ Zhang, JL Liang, JG Li, LQ Jiang*, Z Fang*. Direct production of biodiesel via simultaneous esterification and transesterification of renewable oils using calcined blast furnace dust. Renewable Energy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2021.05.013 (2021).

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Prof. Zhen Fang appointed as board member of polymers

Recently, Prof. Zhen Fang was appointed as board member of polymers as announced by Dr. Shu-Kun Lin Publisher & President of MDPI (Basel, Switzerland).

Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360) is an international, open access journal of polymer science. It publishes research papers, communications and review articles. Polymers provides an interdisciplinary forum for publishing papers which advance the fields of (i) polymerization methods, (ii) theory, simulation, and modeling, (iii) understanding of new physical phenomena, (iv) advances in characterization techniques, and (v) harnessing of self-assembly and biological strategies for producing complex multifunctional structures. Scientists are encouraged to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. Therefore, there is no restriction on the length of the papers. The full experimental and computational details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced.

Journal Rank: JCR – Q1 (Polymer Science) / CiteScore – Q1 (Polymers and Plastics)

Impact Factor: 3.426 (2019); 5-Year Impact Factor: 3.636 (2019)

方老师被任命为国际刊物《聚合物》(Polymers)编委。

《聚合物》(ISSN2073-4360)是一本国际性的、开放存取的聚合物科学杂志。

期刊排名:JCR-Q1(聚合物科学)/CiteScore-Q1(聚合物和塑料)

影响系数:3.426(2019);5年影响系数:3.636(2019)

MOF-based functional catalytic materials for biodiesel production

MOF-based functional catalytic materials for biodiesel production

Recently, PhD student Miss Wen-jie Cong supervised by Prof. Zhen Fang, collaborated with Profs. Hu Li at Guizhou Univ, JA Kozinski at Lakehead Univ and AK Dalai at U of Saskatchewan in Canada, published a review article in Green Chemistry about metal-organic framework-based functional catalytic materials for biodiesel production.

At present, the key point of the biodiesel industry is to find cheap and widely sourced feedstock to reduce production costs. High-efficiency heterogeneous catalyst can enhance biodiesel yield from low-quality feedstocks. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted extensive attention in the field of clean energy and chemicals due to their porous, controllable structure and good compatibility. However, the application of MOF materials on biodiesel production is still in its infancy but their usage is on the rise year by year. There is no relevant review article to summarize and point out the work and defects in this field. This review focuses on MOF-based functional catalytic materials for biodiesel production. Catalytic performance of MOF-based catalysts, synthesis method and catalytic loading strategy are described in detail. This review also analyzes the mechanism of functionalized MOFs classified via enzyme, base, acid, and bifunctional catalysts and summarizes technologies employing MOF-based catalysts for biodiesel production. Additionally, technical perspectives on the feasible reaction mechanisms are discussed, and the realistic necessity of MOF-based nanocatalysts is provided. The MOF-based functional catalytic materials show great potential in biodiesel production and other relevant biorefineries.

Porous MOF-based nanocatalysts prepared by assembly of organic ligands and metal ions functionalized with acid/ base/ enzyme used for biodiesel production (酸/碱/酶功能化金属离子与有机配体组装制备多孔MOF基纳米催化剂用于生物柴油生产)

Related results were accepted in Green Chemistry:

Wen-Jie Cong, Sonil Nanda, Hu Li, Zhen Fang*, Ajay K. Dalai, Janusz A. Kozinski. Metal-organic framework-based functional catalytic materials for biodiesel production: A review. Green Chemistry, 23, 2595–2618, (2021). https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC00233C.

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Diamond Anvil Cell System

Diamond Anvil Cell System

Prof. Zhen Fang studied quantitative (visual and microscopic) assessment of the behavior of biomass and plastics in supercritical water (SCW) and designed unique diamond anvil cell (DAC) system in Canada (McGill), leading to the invention of “fast hydrolysis process”.

Prof. Zhen Fang further studied one-pot and low-temperature synthesis of liquid biofuels and chemicals from carbohydrates (Nat Commun; 2 PCT, 2 patents). This unique process almost completely converts lignocelluloses, after hydrolysis and decomposition, to imides and liquid fuels (2,5-dimethylfuran, methyl levulinate, gamma valerolactone, methylfuran).

国际会议Prof. Zhen Fang chaired keynote section of the Int’l Symp. on Technology & Equipment of Biomass Utilization

国际会议Prof. Zhen Fang attended the Int’l Symp. on Technology & Equipment of Biomass Utilization

On December 27, 2020, Prof. attended the Int’l Symp. on Technology & Equipment of Biomass Utilization organized by Nanjing Agricultural University and Jiangsu Energy Research Society (JERS). Prof. Zhen Fang chaired keynote section with 3 excellent presentations given:

  1. Chunbao (Charles) XU on Hydrothermal Conversion of Wet Biomass into Bioenergy, Western University (Canada);
  2. Richard L. SMITH on Opportunities for Biomass Utilization with Hydrothermal and Solvothermal Methods, Tohoku University (Japan);
  1. Mingjie JIN on Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals production, Nanjing University of Science & Technology (China)

方老师出席国际研讨会“生物质利用技术与设备”

2020年12月27日,方老师出席了由南京农业大学与江苏省能源研究会组织的“生物质利用技术与装备研究”国际研讨会。方老师主持了主题演讲部分, 三位 教授做了精彩的演讲:

  1. 徐春宝教授 “湿生物质水热转化为生物能的研究”, 西部大学(加拿大);
  2. Richard L.SMITH教授 “水热法和溶剂热法利用生物质的机会”,东北大学(日本);
  3. 金明杰教授,“木质纤维素生物质生物转化用于燃料和化学品生产”,南京理工大学(中国)。