Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa

Benjamin C.-Y. Lu, PhD., D.Sc.

Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering

B.A.Sc.: National Central University, China (1947)

M.A.Sc.: University of Toronto (1951)

Ph.D.: University of Toronto (1954)

D.Sc.: Queen's University (1993)

Order of Ontario (1993)

E-mail: lu@eng.uottawa.ca


Professor Lu was born in Nanjing, China, in 1926 and he received his B. A. Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering at the National Central University, Nanjing, in 1947. Upon graduation, he joined the Chaiyi Solvent Works of the Chinese Petroleum Corporation in Taiwan, China, where he gained experience in the separation of alcohols and acetone yielded from fermentation, and the construction and design of distillation columns. Based on that experience, he coauthored a book entitled "The Principles of Distillation and Rectifying Column Design" which was published in 1949 in Taiwan. In 1950, he gained admission to the University of Toronto, where he received his M. A. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry in 1951 and 1954, respectively. After working for a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Ontario Research foundation, he joined the teaching staff of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Toronto as a Lecturer for a year. Since 1956, he has been teaching/conducting research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa, serving as Department Chair for 15 years, Vice-Dean of Science and Engineering for seven years, and Chair of the Commission in Sciences for three years. He is currently Professor Emeritus and Honorary Chair of Chemical Engineering
Professor Lu is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, he is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has served as a consultant for a number of Canadian and American chemical companies. He was appointed under the Hazardous Products Act of the Federal Government to serve as a member of several Boards of Review. Professor Lu was a recipient of the Staff Research Lecturership and the first recipient of the J. V. Marsh Award for excellence in teaching at the University of Ottawa. At present, he serves as an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering and as a member of the Qualifications Board of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has published 300 scientific and technical papers, vapor-liquid equilibria, supercritical fluid extraction, excess enthalpies and excess volumes of mixing, adsorption, corrosion and oil pollution. He has graduated 18 doctoral students thus far.
Professor Lu was a recipient of the Canadian Centennial Medal. His contributions to chemical engineering research and education were recognized in 1990 with the R. S. Jane Lecture Award, the premier prize of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in May, 1993 and received and honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Queen's University at Kingston in October, 1993.

Current Research Projects

Development of Theoretical equations of state for property representation and prediction
Application of cubic equations of state to nonelectrolyte and electrolyte solutions
Excess enthalpies of the components used in the reformulated gasolines
Critical review and reevaluation of phase equilibrium values reported in the literature for better process design.
Supercritical fluid extraction of valuable chemical constituents from plants and seeds.

Selected Recent Publications



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