Dr. Dongda Zhang is a University Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, the University of Manchester and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London. His research group focuses on Digital Chemical Engineering, with primary interests in chemical and biochemical Process Systems Engineering, Reaction Engineering, Machine Learning, and Industrial Data Analytics. He is currently an Associate Editor for Digital Chemical Engineering, a member of Editorial Board of Biochemical Engineering Journal, a member of BBSRC Pool of Experts for Bioprocess Systems Engineering, and a member of the Industrial Management Board, Centre for Process Analytics and Control Technology (CPACT).
He holds BSc degree (2011) from Tianjin University and MSc (Distinction) degree (2013) from Imperial College London. He started his PhD research at the University of Cambridge in 2013, completed his research within 2 years, and graduated at the beginning of the third year after the University special approval for Thesis Early Submission. Upon the completion of his PhD in early 2016, he was invited by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and several universities for short research visits, and then moved to the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London as a postdoctoral research associate. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, followed by his appointment at the University of Manchester as a University Lecturer in the same year.