Jamal Chaouki, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, received a prestigious award at the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference held October 28–31, 2018, in Toronto.
Prof. Chaouki is the first person from Polytechnique Montréal to receive this highest honour from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. The R.S. Jane Memorial Award is presented annually to a resident of Canada in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry. This award was established in 1960 in memory of researcher and business leader Robert Stephen Jane (1898–1958), commemorating his outstanding contribution to the profession of chemist and the chemical industry in Canada.
Jamal Chaouki graduated from École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques in Nancy, France, in 1980, and holds a master’s degree (1981) and PhD (1985) in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of British Columbia. Joining Polytechnique in 1987 as a researcher in chemical engineering, he was appointed associate professor in 1988 and has been a full professor since 1995. Throughout his career, Prof. Chaouki has supervised 44 master’s and 45 doctoral students as well as over 50 postdoctoral fellows.
Prof. Chaouki’s research work focuses on the development of processes ranging from waste, biomass and complex raw materials to heat and electricity production, fuels and chemicals. He is chairholder of the NSERC/Total Industrial Research Chair in Hydrodynamic Modelling of Multiphase Processes at Extreme Conditions, Director of the Process Engineering Advanced Research Lab (PEARL), and a member of the Unité de recherche en procédés d’écoulements industriels (industrial flow process research unit—URPEI) of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique. He is also a member of the Centre de recherche, développement et validation des technologies et procédés de traitement des eaux (centre for research, development and validation of water treatment technologies and processes—CREDEAU) of the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique. He recently established a tripartite laboratory with OCP Group and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco.
Career-wise, Prof. Chaouki has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings along with more than 450 scientific articles, edited 13 books, and obtained 23 patents. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and serves on the Board of Directors of Polytechnique Montréal.
As a recipient of the R.S. Jane Memorial Award, Jamal Chaouki gave a plenary lecture on the development of industrial processes in a context of sustainability at the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference held in Toronto.