Charles Q. Jia

charles jiaProfessor
B.Eng., M.Eng. (Chongqing), Ph.D. (McMaster)

Principal InvestigatorGreen Technology Laboratory

Room: WB326 | Tel.: 416-946-3097 | Fax: 416-978-8605 | Email:


Professional Engineers of Ontario
Association of Environment Engineering Professors (AEEP)
Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE)
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA)

Research Interests

Green Technologies Laboratory

In the Green Technologies Lab, we apply sciences (e.g., inorganic sulphur chemistry) and engineering principles (e.g., transport phenomena) to address challenges the planet is facing-from climate change to sustainable energy. We learn from the nature and explore biomass to discover unique structures that facilitate the performance of nanoporous carbons in energy and environmental applications.  We develop new concepts and processes for synthesizing novel nanoporous carbons from biomass and industrial wastes for air and water purification and capacitive electrical energy storage.  We study the climatic effects of air contaminates, such as aerosols, and simulate the fate and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere.   Through our efforts, new technologies and tools are developed for enhanced sustainability, maximized value of natural resources, minimized emissions to air and water, as well as improved understanding of impacts of pollutants in the natural environment.

Selected Publications

Caguiat J.N., Donald W. Kirk, Charles Q. Jia “Uncertainties in characterization of nanoporous carbons using density functional theory-based gas physisorption” Carbon Vol.72, 47-56, 2014.

Eric A. Morris, Rex Choi, Charles Q. Jia “Sulfur dioxide as an activating agent for sulfur-impregnated activated carbon produced from dense petroleum coke” Journal of Sulfur Chemistry, Vol. 34 (4), 358–369, 2013

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

Shitang Tong,  Mingxia Fan, Lei Mao, Charles Q. Jia “Sequential Extraction Study of Stability of Adsorbed Mercury in Chemically Modified Activated Carbons”  Environmental Science and     Technology,Vol: 45(7), 7416-7421, 2011 (NSF-China, NSERC)

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

Li Huang, S.L. Gong, Charles Q. Jia “Importance of deposition processes in simulating the seasonality of the Arctic black carbon aerosol” Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmosphere, Volume: 115 Article Number: D17207, Published: SEP 10 2010.

Jenny H. Cai. Charles Q. Jia “Mercury Removal from Aqueous Solution Using Coke-Derived Sulfur-Impregnated Activated Carbons” Ind. Eng.Chem. Res, 49 (6), p.2716-2721, 2010