Chul B. ParkChul B. Park is a Full Professor and holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Microcellular Plastics at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1993, his B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) from Seoul National University in 1983 and his M.Sc. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1985. He joined the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 1993 and became a full professor just seven years later, in 2000. Chul Park is Founder and Director of the Microcellular Plastics Manufacturing Laboratory, which is highly regarded as a pioneering research institution in the refining of plastics foaming technology. In 2013, he established the Centre for Industrial Application of Microcellular Plastics, which serves as the commercialization centre for his microcellular technology.
Chul Park is an accomplished scientist with an outstanding track record in the field of polymer foam processing, for which he has garnered international recognition. He has identified the fundamental mechanisms in foam technologies, and played a major role in replacing environmentally hazardous HCFC based blowing agents with inert-gas based blowing agents. He is the author or co-author of over 900 professional publications, including two books, 240 journal papers, 560 conference papers, and 30+ patents.
Professor Park is also very active in professional activities as a leader in plastic foaming. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Cellular Plastics since 2006 and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Cellular Polymers, Advances in Polymer Technology, and International Polymer Processing. He has served as organizing co-chair of the Foam Symposiums of the Polymer Processing Society, and was the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Thermoplastics and Foams Division Technical Program Chair for their Annual Technical Conference in 2008 and 2009. Professor Park was Chair of the 2009 and 2013 Biofoams Conference and the 2012 Polymer Processing Society Americas Conference.
Chul Park has received approximately 30 major awards and honours over the course of his career. He is a Fellow of three national academies: the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and is also a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Other awards include: the Premier’s Research Excellence Award in 1998, the Duggan Medal from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2001, the Morand Lambla Award from the Polymer Processing Society in 2004, Chair Professor at the South China University of Technology (2008-2011), the Robert W. Angus Medal from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2009, the Julian C. Smith Award from the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2010, the C.N. Downing Award from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2012, the M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers / Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2012, the K.Y. Lo Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2013, the High-End Foreign Professor at SiChuan University in 2013, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division, Society of Plastics Engineers in 2014.