Huiyuan Zhu, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering, was named to the 2021 Class of Influential Researchers by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, a top-tier peer-reviewed engineering journal.

Zhu was chosen by a global team of editors and editorial advisory board members based on the quality and impact of her research. She was included in a group of 36 influential researchers in the first decade of their careers at universities and independent laboratories in Canada, the U.S., and Brazil. 

To recognize their work, IECR has published a special virtual issue of the journal that presents their work, including important advances in bioengineering, process intensification, pharmaceutical engineering, biomass utilization, environmental protection, energy conversion, electrochemistry, membrane separations, and synthesis of functional materials.

Zhu and her co-authors — doctoral students Bokki MIn, Zihao Yan, and Xue Han; undergraduates Kait Hosmer and Alayna Campbell; and her postdoctoral researcher Qiang Gao — discuss advances in harnessing electrochemistry for sustainable chemical transformation and environmental remediation. 

Since 1909, the IECR has been at the forefront of chemical engineering research and today is the largest and most-cited general chemical engineering research journal in the world.