On Dec. 16, Prof. Chen De, a member of Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Norwegian Academy of Engineering, was hired as the dean of New Energy Institute of UPC. Hao Fang, the president of China University of Petroleum, awarded the agreement of employment to him. Prof. Chen will take charge of the Institute and build the center of clean energy and technological innovation based on the clean utilization of hydrogen energy and fossil energy. The institute will focus on the basic research, technological development and industrial application, carry out high-level international cooperation and cultivate young academic leaders.
Prof. Chen expressed his thanks to the university. He said, it was a great honor to join in the university. Depending on the professional advantages of UPC, he will set up the innovation center with the institutes at home and aborad. According to the national energy needs and the development demands of Shandong Province, the institute will put emphsis on tackling key problems of the relevant fields, providing the technological support for new industrial development and traditional industries upgrading of Shandong province.
Hao Fang extended a warm welcome to Prof. Chen. He demanded that the departments should provide resources and supports for his working, including office occupancy, team building, platform construction and assistant arrangement. He hoped that , with his broad view and great international influence, prof. Chen will offer instruction and planning for the development of new energy and new materials, especially on team building and research projects.
Prof. Chen is an internationally well-known expert on catalysis. He mainly focuses his research on carbon catalysis, gas conversion, coking and inactivation of heterogeneous catalyst, mi-crokinetics of catalyst surface reaction. He has gained a wealth of experience in the research and development of industrial projects and has a prouding understanding of technical requirements and challenges of new energy and clean industry. For his outstanding contributions to industrial catalysis, he was elected as Member of Norwegian Academy of Engineering in 2009 and Member of Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences in 2019.
Under the backgrouad of discipline layout adjustment and construction, the university established New Energy Institute in July, 2018. In May, 2019, Guzhenkou Science and Education Park started construction and under the cooperation with Yankuang Group, New Energy College was set up.