Teng Zhou

Junior Professor at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems and the Otto-von-Guericke University (OvGU) of Magdeburg, Germany

 

 

 

 

 

Data-Driven Material and Process Design for Sustainable Energy and Environment

In order to successfully transfer the traditional fossil fuels into renewable energies, the optimal design of functional molecules or materials that are used in the energy storage, utilization, and emission reduction processes is significant. Due to the large diversity of material structure, it is necessary to develop theoretical methods to help identify promising candidates for experimental investigation. Unfortunately, the complex relationship between material structure and its property makes it challenging for theoretical material design. In this talk, the significance of machine learning for molecular or material property prediction is first highlighted. A generic framework for machine learning-based functional materials design is then proposed. Several interesting applications are introduced, including solvent design for carbon capture and gasoline desulfurization, phase-change material design for solar thermal storage, and nanoporous material design for industrial gas separations.

Dr. Teng Zhou is currently a Junior Professor at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems and the Otto-von-Guericke University (OvGU) of Magdeburg, Germany. He received his doctoral degree with the highest distinction in Process Systems Engineering in 2016 from OvGU. Afterwards, he worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the MPI and TU Denmark before he got appointed as an assistant professor in 2019. Dr. Zhou’s research lies at the intersection of chemical engineering, molecular engineering, and systems engineering. He is currently interested in developing artificial intelligence and machine learning methods for functional materials design and chemical product design. He has published 40 articles in top-ranked journals and his work has received > 1100 citations. Dr. Zhou earned several important honors and awards. He is currently a founding Associate Editor of two international journals and an Editorial Board Member for several renowned journals.