Dr Dongda Zhang Cantab, DIC, AMIChemE, AMRSC

Lecturer in Process Systems Engineering and Machine Learning

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Dr. Dongda Zhang is a University Lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. He currently leads research activities in the field of Bioprocess Systems Engineering, Machine Learning, and Industrial Data Analytics at the Centre for Process Integration, and is the University's IChemE Representative.

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 alongside over 10 original publications in leading chemical engineering and biotechnology journals, 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 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.


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2013-2016
  • MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2012-2013
  • BSc in Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, 2007-2011

External positions

Member of Industrial Management Board, Centre for Process Analytics and Control Technology (CPACT)

2021 → …

Subject Editor for Digital Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier BV

2021 → …

Guest Editor for Bioengineering Special Issue 'Biological Process Modelling, Monitoring and Control in a Rapidly Changing World', MDPI AG

1 Jun 202031 Jan 2021

BBSRC Research Committee Pool of Experts, Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)


Member of Editorial Board for Biochemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier Ltd

2020 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (University of London)


UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)


Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology - Process Systems Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Machine Learning, Dynamic Modelling and Optimisation, Reaction Engineering, Complex Biosystems, Synthetic Biology, Fermentation Technology, Digital Economy, Data-driven Modelling, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Life Cycle Assessment, Renewable Energy

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