Jun.-Prof. Dr. Teng Zhou

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Teng Zhou

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Process Systems Engineering
+49 391 6110 406
N 2.12

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Process and Energy Systems Engineering
  • CO2 Capture and Utilization
  • Computer-aided Solvent Screening and Design
  • Ionic Liquids and Green/Sustainable Process Engineering
  • Machine Learning and Energetic Materials Design


  • 2005-2009  BEng in Chemical Engineering and Technology, Nanjing University of Technology
  • 2009-2012  MSc in Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology
  • 2012-2016  PhD in Process Systems Engineering, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU Magdeburg)

Scientific Career

  • Since 2019   Junior Professor (W1 Professor), Faculty of Process & Systems Engineering, OvGU Magdeburg
  • Since 2018   Research Team Leader, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
  • 2017-2018   Postdoc Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
  • 2017             Visiting Scientist, Technical University of Denmark (Prof. Rafiqul Gani)
  • 2012-2016   Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems

Lectures given at OvGU

  • 2020-            Analysis and Design of Experiments
  • 2018-            Process Systems Engineering


  • 2020             Associate Editor for Frontiers in Sustainability
  • 2020             Guest Editor for Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
  • 2013-2015   Assistant to the Executive Editor (Prof. K. Sundmacher) of Chemical Engineering Science       


  • 2018              Journal of Molecular Liquids Outstanding Reviewer
  • 2017              Chinese-German Chemical Association (CGCA) Young Researchers Award
  • 2017              Chemical Engineering Science Outstanding Reviewer
  • 2016              Highest-level PhD Graduation Honor (Summa Cum Laude)
  • 2016              Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad
  • 2015              CAST Directors’ Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2012-2014    IMPRS PhD Scholarship from the Max Planck Society
  • 2012              Shanghai Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award
  • 2011              Best Paper Award, East China University of Science and Technology


[1]  Zhang X, Song Z, Gani R, Zhou T*. Comparative economic analysis of physical, chemical, and hybrid absorption processes for carbon capture. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2020, 59, 2005-2012.

[2]  Zhou T*, McBride K, Linke S, Song Z, Sundmacher K. Computer-aided solvent selection and design for efficient chemical processes. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 2020, 27, 35-44.

[3]  Song Z, Zhou T*, Qi Z, Sundmacher K. Extending the UNIFAC model for ionic liquid-solute systems by combining experimental and computational databases. AIChE Journal 2020, 66, e16821.

[4]  Zhang C, Song Z, Jin C, Nijhuis J, Zhou T, Noël T, Gröger H, Sundmacher K, van Hest J, Hessel V. Screening of functional solvent system for automatic aldehyde and ketone separation in aldol reaction: A combined COSMO-RS and experimental approach. Chemical Engineering Journal 2020, 385, 123399.

[5]  Song Z, Shi H, Zhang X, Zhou T*. Prediction of CO2 solubility in ionic liquids using machine learning methods. Chemical Engineering Science 2020, 223, 115752.

[6]  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/noctane as example. AIChE Journal 2019, 65, e16625.

[7]  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 2019, 5, 1017-1026.

[8]  Zhou T*, Song Z, Zhang X, Gani R, Sundmacher K. Optimal solvent design for extractive distillation processes: A multiobjective optimization-based hierarchical framework. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2019, 58, 57775786.

[9]  Zhang X, Zhou T, Zhang L, Fung KY, Ng KM. Food product design: A hybrid machine learning and mechanistic modeling approach. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2019, 58, 1674316752.

[10]  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 2019, 4, 154165.

[11]  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.

[12] 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, 10131025.

[13] Zhang X, Song Z, Zhou T*. Rigorous design of reaction-separation processes using disjunctive programming models. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2018, 111, 1626.

[14] 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, 816828.

[15] 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, 21672172.

[16] 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.

[17] 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.

[18] 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.

[19] 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.

[20] Zhou T, Wang J, McBride K, Sundmacher K. Optimal design of solvents for extractive reaction processes. AIChE Journal 2016, 62, 3238−3249.

[21] 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.

[22] 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, 6977.

[23] 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, 147158.

[24] Zhou T, Qi Z, Sundmacher K. Model-based method for the screening of solvents for chemical reactions. Chemical Engineering Science 2014, 115, 177185.

[25] 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, 4553.

[26] 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, 62566264.

[27] 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, 55595564.

[28] 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, 145149.

[29] 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, 93549356.

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