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Ke-Chang Xie, is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering of America, and specialist in coal chemical engineering.Professor Ke-Chang Xie was born on October 5, 1946, in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. In 1968, he graduated from Tianjin University and completed his Master's Degree of Science at Taiyuan Institute of Technology. From 1983 to 1985, he furthered his study as a visiting scholar at University of South Carolina, U.S.A. Between 1998 and 1999, he was engaged in doctoral dissertations at Shinshu University of Japan and was honored with a Ph.D. of Energy Engineering. Professor Xie has acted as the chairman of academic degree evaluation for Taiyuan University of Technology. From 2010 to 2014, he held position as the vice president of Chinese Academy of Engineering. From 1997 to the present, he has held positions as the vice-chairman of China Association for Science and Technology, the Vice director of Science and Technology Department in Ministry of Education, China. From 1995 to 2010 he served as the President of Taiyuan University of Technology.With a long-term involvement in fundamental research, technological development and teaching in relation to coal chemical engineering, Professor Xie has made important advances for understanding coal molecular structure and its reactivity and for leadership in the modern clean coal conversion industry.