Professor Zhang Jiujun, Dean of the School of Science and the Institute for Sustainable Energy Research, academician of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and of the Engineering Institute of Canada, was elected as an academician of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada in this September and has become an academician of Canada’s three Academies. Zhang is also the fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry and of the Royal Society of Chemistry, founder, Chairman and President of the International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science, as well as honorary/part-time professor of 15 universities and academic institutions including the University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, Peking University, Tianjin University and Chinese Academy of Sciences. Zhang is a former chief scientist of the NRC, he was listed as one of the scientists with the highest article citations in the global science and technology engineering community (Top 1%) in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. Meanwhile, he was rated by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World's 3,000 Most Influential Scientific Minds”.
Zhang has devoted himself to electrochemical research for over 30 years and has worked as the leader of core research teams in China, the United States, and Canada. In 1978, he was admitted to the Department of Chemistry of Peking University and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees respectively; he received his PhD in electrochemistry from Wuhan University in 1988; from 1991 to 1993, he had conducted post-doctoral research on fuel-cell catalysts at the California Institute of Technology, and later joined York University and the University of British Columbia to develop non-platinum electrocatalysts and sensors. In 1988, he joined the world’s top fuel cell company—Ballard Power Systems Inc. as a senior scientist to conduct research on proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) and acted as a project manager. In 2004, he was appointed to the NRC Institute of Fuel Cell Innovation (NRC-IFCI) as an expert in electrochemistry and fuel cells. The research fields of Zhang cover physics, chemistry, material science, electrochemistry, electroanalysis, electro-catalysis, batteries, lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, photoelectrochemistry and sensors. At present, his research mainly focuses on R&D of nanomaterials (electrode materials and electrode catalysts), nanotechnology in electrochemical energy, conversion and storage, including fuel cells, batteries, CO2 electroreduction and supercapacitors. Up to now, he has published more than 450 science and technology papers, which have been cited more than 26,000 times (h-index: 67), compiled 20 monographs, 42 books & chapters and given more than 120 oral presentations (as well as 70 invitations to be a speaker, including plenary lecture and keynote speech), obtained 16 US and European patents and has written more than 90 engineering technology reports. Zhang is now the chief editor of a well-known international series Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion (CRC Press), chief editor of Springer Nature’s Electrochemical Energy Reviews, associate chief editor of KeAi Press’s Green Energy & Environment, and the editorial board member of a number of other international periodicals. He is also the judge of major foundations such as the Canadian National Natural Science and Technology Foundation, judge of Canada’s National Review Committee of Chief Professors, and a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry, of the American Chemical Society and of the Canadian Institute of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. He has participated in the review of awards given by famous science and technology funds in North America, Europe, Australia and Asian countries, as well as of Chinese natural science awards.