Ri Jong Gwa

Candidate academician, Professor, Doctor

Researcher of Metallic Catalyst Laboratory, the Institute of Catalyzer Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry

Ri Jong Gwa

Ri Jong Gwa was born in Takhazuki, Osakabu Province, Japan on December 18th, 1940. He was a student of Hamhung University of Chemical Engineering from 1958 to 1962 and later worked as a lecturer in the same university until July, 1971. Since then, he has been a researcher, head of a laboratory in the then Catalyzer Institute, Faculty of Chemistry.

He holds the title of People's Scientist of the DPRK. He undertook a number of important research projects including development of permanent preservation system of the revolutionary historical relics, purification of raw gas for ammonia synthesis, purification of naphtha-reformed gas and development of various catalysts. He received a doctor's degree in 1989 for his research on the preparation of alumina-coated palladium catalyst, and thereof surface activity and application.

He gives lectures on several subjects including Physical Chemistry, Catalytic Chemistry and Catalyst Research Methods.

He has authored over twenty textbooks and reference books including Catalytic Chemistry, Reaction Engineering, and Catalytic Nanotechnology. He published over 100 papers including "Study on the reaction rate modeling of water-forming reaction over Pd/Al2O3 catalyst" in the national academic journals.

He supervised seven doctoral and twenty MSc dissertations.

His research results were highly appreciated by President Kim Il Sung, Chairman Kim Jong Il and the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un on several occasions.