Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research interests: nanocatalysts; bitumen upgrading; biodiesel production; catalytic distillation


Professor Flora Ng is a leading expert on catalytic distillation, a green reactor technology where reaction and separation occurs in the same reactor resulting in a higher energy efficiency and also higher conversion and selectivity to the desired products.

Ng works at the forefront of research into catalytic distillation with particular focus on the development of novel catalysts and innovative processes for the processing of hydrocarbons. Ng and her team are developing green energy processes, including a process to create biodiesels from waste oils.

Ng joined the University of Waterloo in April, 1987. In collaboration with BP Chemicals, U.K., she has contributed to the successful commercialization of a new process "Avada", for the production of ethyl acetate via a direct reaction of ethylene with acetic acid using a solid acid catalyst. The Avada process won an Astra Zeneca Award for the Best Green Chemistry and Engineering Process from the U.K. Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2002. In 2007, Ng became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2008, she won the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Catalysis Award. In 2008, Ng was awarded the University of Waterloo’s highest academic honour, University Professor, becoming only the third engineering professor and the second woman campus-wide to receive the award.


  • PhD, University of British Columbia

  • MSc, University of British Columbia

  • BSc, University of Hong Kong

Flora Ng

University of Waterloo