The history of Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IPE-CAS), dates back to Oct.1, 1958, when its predecessor, Institute of Chemical Metallurgy (ICM), was inaugurated. Over the past 50 years, its research objective has been broadened from chemical metallurgy to process engineering, including energy, bio-chemical engineering, materials and green and environmental engineering. ICM was renamed as IPE in 2001.
Process industries, occupied 16.2% of GDP and 37% of industry product, provide material base for national development. Process engineering as a common discipline serving all process industries is primarily concerned with flow, transport and reaction of substances under chemical, physical and/or biological conversion, and also related to more recently established fields of biotechnology, nano-technology, etc. To identify and resolve the common technical bottleneck problems in process industries, IPE strives to develop clean and efficient technologies and equipment in conversion of substances through fundamental studies, system integration and technological innovation.
There are two state key laboratories, one national engineering laboratory, one national engineering research center and two Beijing key laboratories in IPE. National Key Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering, State Key laboratory of Multiphase Complex Systems, National Engineering Laboratory for Hydrometallurgical Cleaner Production Technology, National Engineering Research Center for Biotechnology (Beijing), Beijing Key Laboratory of Liquids Cleaning Process and Beijing Key Laboratory of Biomass Refining Engineering. To achieve mineral, coal, natural gas, biomass and the highly efficient clean recycle of resources, IPE has generated a series of core technology in fluidized bed, hydro metallurgy, coal topping, decoupling combustion, solid state fermentation, bio-media, nano-technology, unconventional green process and large multi-scale computing and modeling platform.
IPE has a strong faculty. Among them, there are 5 CAS and CAE academicians (CHEN Jiayong, LI Jinghai, ZHANG Yi, LI Hongzhong and ZHANG Suojiang), 2 persons were selected to National High-level Overseas Talents Program (National 1000 Talents Program), 10 were granted by the National Natural Science Foundation for the Distinguished Young Scholars of China, 3 chief of Major State Basic Research Development Program of China (973 Program), 3 were selected to National 1000 Talents Program for Young Scholars and 20 were selected to CAS 100 Talent Program.
In historical order, the directors of IPE and ICM were Prof. Chu-phay YAP, CAS academician and founder of ICM; Prof. Mooson KWAUK, CAS academician; Prof. XU Zhihong; Prof. XIE Yusheng; Prof. LI Jinghai, CAS academician and Prof. LIU Huizhou. The current director is Prof. ZHANG Suojiang.