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Dr. Jinwen Chen

Dr. Jinwen Chen

Director of hydrocarbon conversion program at CanmetENERGY Devon lab

Natural Resources Canada

Topic: Co-processing Biocrudes with Petroleum: Pathway to Producing Low Carbon Renewable Biofuels




Dr. Jinwen Chen is currently the director of hydrocarbon conversion program at CanmetENERGY Devon lab, Natural Resources Canada. He is leading a group of 23 researchers to conduct R&D in the areas of biomass conversion and biocrude upgrading; co-processing biocrudes with petroleum to produce low carbon renewable transportation fuels. Dr. Chen’s expertise includes: oil sands bitumen and heavy oil production, upgrading and processing; petroleum refining and biorefining; process modeling, simulation and optimization; life cycle assessment on GHG emissions; design, modeling and simulation (including CFD simulation) of multiphase chemical reactors; novel catalysts and catalytic process development; chemical reaction engineering and reactions kinetics; thermodynamics and vapor-liquid phase equilibrium in hydroprocessing systems.  


Dr. Jinwen Chen has led and accomplished numerous research projects sponsored by governments and industrial companies to advance fundamental research and new technology development. He established broad national and international collaborations with other federal and provincial government organizations, academia and industry over a wide range of research subjects. He has authored/co-authored over 170 journal and conference proceeding papers, and many industrial client reports. He has been a member of many scientific committees and expert panels to evaluate research proposals, assess centers of research excellence, and organize international conferences, symposia and workshops. Dr. Chen is member of a number of journal editorial boards, and a regular reviewer for many prestigious scientific journals. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta, Canada.


Dr. Jinwen Chen received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph. D. degrees from Tianjin University, China. Before joining CanmetENERGY, he worked in Tianjin University, Washington University in St. Louis and University of Calgary as associated professor, research associate and research scientist, respectively.

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