Dr. Chunshan Song is Dean of the Faculty of Science and Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Fuel Science and Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University in the US since July 2020. Before joining CUHK, he was Director of EMS Energy Institute, Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science, and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State. He was the founding Director of the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research consisting of 15 major research universities funded by the US Department of Energy during 2015-2020. He received his PhD in Applied Chemistry in 1989 and his MS in Applied Chemistry in 1986 from Osaka University, Japan, and his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1982 from Dalian University of Technology, China. He held a visiting or guest professorship at Imperial College London, University of Paris VI (now Sorbonne University), Tsinghua University, Dalian University of Technology, and as an honorary professor at Tianjin University. His research focuses on the catalysis and chemistry of energy and fuels including adsorptive CO2 separation and CO2 conversion to chemicals and fuels; adsorptive, oxidative and catalytic processing of fuels; shape-selective catalysis; synthesis and application of nano-porous materials. He has over 470 refereed journal articles (with 42,500 citations and H-index of 97 in Google Scholar, Mar 2023), 8 patents, 33 book chapters and 15 edited books.
His original and innovative research contributions to hydrocarbon chemistry, fuel processing, catalysis and CO2 research have been recognized through many awards and honours, including Fellow of American Chemical Society (ACS), George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry, Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Science; Fulbright Distinguished Scholar; ACS Energy & Fuels Division’s Distinguished Researcher Award; Outstanding Achievement Award from the Chinese American Chemical Society; Herman Pines Award from Catalysis Club of Chicago; Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award; Chang Jiang Scholar Award from Ministry of Education of China; Global Alumni Fellow of Osaka University; Alumni Achievement Award from Dalian University of Technology; and within Penn State, the Faculty Scholar Medal, Distinguished University Professor, Faculty Mentoring Award and Wilson Award for Excellence in Research. He was the Chair of the International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization in 2013, Co-chair of the North American Catalysis Society Biennial Meeting in 2015, Editor in Chief for Advances in Catalysis (Elsevier) during 2015-2020 and is currently serving as Associate Editor in Chief for Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering (Springer), Advisory Editor for Journal of CO2 Utilization (Elsevier), and Advisory Board member for 12 research journals in catalysis, energy and fuels, chemistry and chemical engineering.