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Weiguo Cheng

Prof. Weiguo Cheng, earned his Ph.D. degree from Dalian University of Technology in 2005. He was rewarded the senior visiting scholarship for visiting the University of Waterloo with Professor Flora Ng who is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada between 2010 and 2011. He has been professor of chemical engineering at Institute of Process Engineering, CAS since 2014. He is mainly engaged in industrial catalysis. He focuses on revealing the essential relationship between catalytic performance and the catalyst structure, by using surface analytical techniques, particularly in-situ vibrational and optical spectroscopies. He proposed synergistic catalytic effect of ionic liquids which provides a molecular level understanding of effect of hydrogen bond on the reaction and forms the basis of rational design of ionic liquids. He specializes in design of novel catalytic materials and catalytic process. He has promoted the novel technology application and industrialization. The plant for production of dimethyl carbonate and ethylene glycol in Yangzhou was put into operation. The on-spec products were obtained, achieving successful startup on the first try.
He is author of 53 journal papers and 19 invention patents granted including 1 PCT patent. He has been awarded Hou De-bang Innovation Award of Chemical Science and Technology of the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China in 2018, CAS Science and Technology Promotion and Development Prize in 2017, First-class Award of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association Scientific and Technological Progress Prize in 2009, and Second-class Award of Beijing Municipality Scientific and Technological Innovation Prize in 2008.

Member, Committee of integration of IT application and industrialization

Research Interests
Design of novel catalytic materials and catalytic process; Synthesis of ionic liquid catalysts; Mechanisms and kinetics of catalytic reaction; New catalytic process for CO2 utilization.

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