Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme

Dr. Teng Zhou


Dr. Teng Zhou

Dr. Teng Zhou
Dr. Teng Zhou
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems

Process Systems Engineering

Phone: +49 391 6110 406
Room: N 2.12

Curriculum Vitae

Research Expertise

  • Computer-aided molecular design of solvents for reactions and separations
  • Mixed-integer programming for integrated molecular and process design
  • Multiscale process simulation, modeling, and optimization
  • Estimation of fluid-phase (physical and thermodynamic) properties

Current Interests

  • Computer-aided material (catalyst, adsorbent, etc.) design
  • Integrated material and process design
  • Big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning


  • 2005-2009  BEng in Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Uni. of Technology
  • 2009-2012  MSc in Chemical Engineering, East China Uni. of Sci. and Tech.
  • 2012-2016  PhD in Process Systems Engineering, Otto-von-Guericke Uni. Magdeburg (Grade: Summa Cum Laude)

Scientific Career

  • Since 2018   Team Leader, Process Systems Eng. (PSE) Department, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems (MPI-DCTS)
  • 2017-2018   Postdoc. Research Associate, PSE Department, MPI-DCTS
  • 2017               Visiting Scientist, TU Denmark (Prof. Rafiqul Gani)
  • 2012-2016   Research Assistant, PSE Department, MPI-DCTS


  • 2018-             Process Systems Engineering (lecture)
  • 2014-2017   Advanced Process Systems Engineering (exercises)


  • 2017   Chinese-German Chemical Association Young Researchers Award
  • 2016   Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad
  • 2015   Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer
  • 2014   CAST Directors’ Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2013   Shanghai Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award
  • 2012   Best Paper Award, East China University of Science and Technology


  • Song Z, Hu X, Zhou Y, Zhou T, Qi Z, Sundmacher K. Rational design of double salt ionic liquids as extraction solvents: Separation of thiophene/n-octane as example. AIChE Journal (under review)
  • Zhou T, Song Z, Sundmacher K. Big data creates new opportunities for materials research: A review on methods and applications of machine learning for materials design. Engineering (under review)
  • Zhou T, Song Z, Zhang X, Gani R, Sundmacher K. Optimal solvent design for extractive distillation processes: A multi-objective optimization based hierarchical framework. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (under review)
  • Song Z, Li X, Chao H, Mo F, Zhou T, Cheng H, Chen L, Qi Z. Computer-aided ionic liquid design for alkane/cycloalkane extractive distillation process. Green Energy & Environment
  • Liu X, Zhou T, Zhang X, Zhang S, Liang X, Gani R, Kontogeorgis G. Application of COSMO-RS and UNIFAC for ionic liquids based gas separation. Chemical Engineering Science 2018, 192, 816−828.
  • Song Z, Zhang C, Qi Z, Zhou T, Sundmacher K. Computer-aided design of ionic liquids as solvents for extractive desulfurization. AIChE Journal 2018, 64, 1013−1025.
  • Zhang X, Song Z, Zhou T. Rigorous design of reaction-separation processes using disjunctive programming models. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2018, 111, 16−26.
  • Zhou T, Jhamb S, Liang X, Sundmacher K, Gani R. Prediction of acid dissociation constants of organic compounds using group contribution methods. Chemical Engineering Science 2018, 183, 95–105.
  • Bechtel S, Song Z, Zhou T, Vidakovic-Koch T, Sundmacher K. Integrated process and ionic liquid design by combining flowsheet simulation with quantum-chemical solvent screening. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering 2018, 44, 2167–2172.
  • Zhou T, Zhou Y, Sundmacher K. A hybrid stochastic-deterministic optimization approach for integrated solvent and process design. Chemical Engineering Science 2017, 159, 207−216.
  • Song Z, Zhou T, Qi Z, Sundmacher K. Systematic method for screening ionic liquids as extraction solvents exemplified by an extractive desulfurization process. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2017, 5, 3382−3389.
  • Zhang J, Peng D, Song Z, Zhou T, Cheng H, Chen L, Qi Z. COSMO-descriptor based computer-aided ionic liquid design for separation processes. Part I: Modified group contribution methodology for predicting surface charge density profile of ionic liquids. Chemical Engineering Science 2017, 162, 355−363.
  • Zhang J, Qin L, Peng D, Zhou T, Cheng H, Chen L, Qi Z. COSMO-descriptor based computer-aided ionic liquid design for separation processes. Part II: Task-specific design for extraction processes. Chemical Engineering Science 2017, 162, 364−374.
  • Zhou T, Wang J, McBride K, Sundmacher K. Optimal design of solvents for extractive reaction processes. AIChE Journal 2016, 62, 3238−3249.
  • Zhou T, Lyu Z, Qi Z, Sundmacher K. Robust design of optimal solvents for chemical reactions−A combined experimental and computational strategy. Chemical Engineering Science 2015, 137, 613−625.
  • Zhou T, McBride K, Zhang X, Qi Z, Sundmacher K. Integrated solvent and process design exemplified for a Diels-Alder reaction. AIChE Journal 2015, 61, 147−158.
  • Song Z, Zhou T, Zhang J, Cheng H, Chen L, Qi Z. Screening of ionic liquids for solvent-sensitive extraction − with deep desulfurization as an example. Chemical Engineering Science 2015, 129, 69−77.
  • Zhou T, Qi Z, Sundmacher K. Model-based method for the screening of solvents for chemical reactions. Chemical Engineering Science 2014, 115, 177−185.
  • Lyu Z, Zhou T, Chen L, Ye Y, Sundmacher K, Qi Z. Simulation based ionic liquid screening for benzene-cyclohexane extractive separation. Chemical Engineering Science 2014, 113, 45−53.
  • Zhou T, Chen L, Ye Y, Chen L, Qi Z, Freund H, Sundmacher K. An overview of mutual solubility of ionic liquids and water predicted by COSMO-RS. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2012, 51, 6256−6264.
  • Zhou T, Wang Z, Ye Y, Chen L, Xu J, Qi Z. Deep separation of benzene from cyclohexane by liquid extraction using ionic liquids as the solvent. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2012, 51, 5559−5564.
  • Zhou T, Wang Z, Chen L, Ye Y, Qi Z, Freund H, Sundmacher K. Evaluation of the ionic liquids 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate as a solvent for the extraction of benzene from cyclohexane: (Liquid + liquid) equilibria. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics 2012, 48, 145−149.
  • Chen L, Zhou T, Chen L, Ye Y, Qi Z, Freund H, Sundmacher K. Selective oxidation of cyclohexanol to cyclohexanone in the ionic liquid 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride. Chemical Communications 2011, 47, 9354−9356.

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