Charles Q. Jia

charles jiaProfessor
B.Eng., M.Eng. (Chongqing), Ph.D. (McMaster), P.Eng.
Associate Chair, Continuing Professional Development
Interim Associate Chair, Graduate Studies
Principal Investigator, Green Technology Laboratory
Room: WB326 | Tel.: 416-946-3097 | Fax: 416-978-8605 | Email:



Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)
Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)
Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO)
Association of Environment Engineering Professors (AEEP)
Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE)
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

Research in Green Technology Laboratory

The research program is designed to enhance sustainability through exploring material chemistry and engineering, developing negative emission technologies. Specifically, we create new materials that enable renewable energy and a sustainable environment. The current focus is on nanoporous carbon materials, such as biochar, carbon nanotubes and integrated graphene, derived from industrial waste and biomass. We create high-performance, biomimetic, functional materials and explore the structure-property-performance relationships of nanoporous carbon materials. With our research, novel devices for green energy storage and solar energy-driven desalination are developed. Moreover, we also study how chemicals affect the environment, for example, the climatic effect of aerosols.

Selected Publications

Tao Li, Donald W Kirk, Charles Q Jia, (2021) Monolithic Wood Biochar as Functional Material for Sustainability, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 99 (3), 640-656

Min She, Y Duan, C Zhu, Charles Q Jia (2020), Impact of Nonoxidized Sulfur Species on Elemental Mercury Removal by SO2 Activated Petroleum Cokes, Energy & Fuels 34 (11), 14388-14399

Randeep Gabhi, L Basile, DW Kirk, M Giorcelli, A Tagliaferro, Charles Q Jia (2020) Electrical Conductivity of Wood Biochar Monoliths and Its Dependence on Pyrolysis Temperature, Biochar 2 (3), 369-378

Mina Mahdian, LY Huang, Donald W Kirk, Charles Q Jia, (2020) Water Permeability of Monolithic Wood Biocarbon, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 303, 110258

Johnathon N. Caguiat, Gabriel Arpino, Donald W. Kirk, Charles Q. Jia (2018). Dependence of Supercapacitor Performance on Macro-structure of Monolithic Biochar Electrodes. Biomass and Bioenergy. 118: 126-132

Jocelyn E Zuliani, Shitang Tong, Charles Q Jia, Donald W Kirk (2018) Contribution of surface oxygen groups to the measured capacitance of porous carbon supercapacitors. Journal of Power Sources. 395: 271-279

Jocelyn E Zuliani, Charles Q Jia, Donald W. Kirk (2017) “Elucidating the Importance of Pore Structure in Determining the Double-Layer Capacitance of Nanoporous Carbon Materials”. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (38), 20555-20566

Randeep S Gabhi, Donald W Kirk, Charles Q. Jia (2017) “Preliminary investigation of electrical conductivity of monolithic biochar, Carbon, 116, 435-442.

Jocelyn E. Zuliani, Tomohiro Miyata, Teruyasu Mizoguchi, Jing Feng, Donald W. Kirk, Charles Q. Jia (2016) “Characterization of vanadium in oil sands fluid petroleum coke using electron microscopy” FUEL, Vol.178, 124-128, 2016

Scott Y. Wei, Charles Q. Jia (2015) “Intrinsic Wettability of Graphitic Carbons” Carbon, 87, 10-17.

Azadeh Namazi, D. Grant Allen, Charles Q. Jia (2015) “Microwave-assisted Pyrolysis and Activation of Pulp Mill Sludge” Biomass and Bioenergy, 73, 217-224.

Scott Y. Wei, Danqing Yu, Shitang Tong, Charles Q. Jia “Effects of H2SO4 and O2 on Hg Uptake Capacity and Reversibility of Sulfur-Impregnated Activated Carbon under Dynamic Conditions” Environmental Science & Technology, 49(3), 1706-1712, 2015

Huang, L., Gong, S. L., Gordon, M., Liggio, J., Staebler, R. M., Stroud, C. A., Lu, G., Mihele, C., Brook, J. R., and Jia, C. Q. “Aerosol-CFD modelling of ultrafine and black carbon particle emission, dilution, and growth near roadways” Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12631-12648, 2014

Eric A Morris, Donald W Kirk, Charles Q Jia, Kazuki Morita (2012) “Roles of Sulfuric Acid in Elemental Mercury Removal by Activated Carbon and Sulfur-Impregnated Activated Carbon” Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (14), 7905-7912.

Mingjiang Yuan, Shitang Tong, Shaoqi Zhao, Charles Q. Jia (2010) “Adsorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from water using petroleum coke-derived porous carbon” Journal of Hazardous Materials, 181 (1-3), 1115-1120.