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Dr. Chenyu Du is a Reader in Chemical Engineering in the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. He was awarded a BEng in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China in 2010. Then he completed his PhD in 2005 in the department of Chemical Engineering in Tsinghua University. In 2006, he moved to the University of Manchester as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on a platform chemical production from sustainable raw materials project (funded by EPSRC). In 2009, he joined a research and development company in London contributing to the development of the 2nd generation of biofuel. In June, 2010, he was appointed as lecturer in the University of Nottingham. He has been involved in the research pertaining to the Lignocellosic Conversion to Ethanol programme (LACE programme, funded by BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre). He was responsible for developing and directing a brand new MSc course on Sustainable Bioenergy. In January 2015, he moved to the University of Huddersfield, joining the newly established Chemical Engineering team.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Fermentation
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Bioprocess development and simulation
  • Bio-separation
  • Biomass pretreatment

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Research Output

Improving the productivity of bioethanol production using marine yeast and seawater-based media

Zaky, A. S., French, C. E., Tucker, G. A. & Du, C., 1 Aug 2020, In : Biomass and Bioenergy. 139, 10 p., 105615.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The utilization of seawater for the hydrolysis of macroalgae and subsequent bioethanol fermentation

    Greetham, D., Adams, J. M. & Du, C., 16 Jun 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 15 p., 9728.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A Role for COX20 in Tolerance to Oxidative Stress and Programmed Cell Death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    Keerthiraju, E., Du, C., Tucker, G. & Greetham, D., 18 Nov 2019, In : Microorganisms. 7, 11, p. 1-12 12 p., 575.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Exploring the tolerance of marine yeast to inhibitory compounds for improving bioethanol production

    Greetham, D., Zaky, A. S. & Du, C., 1 Jun 2019, In : Sustainable Energy and Fuels. 3, 6, p. 1545-1553 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    How Serratia marcescens HB-4 absorbs cadmium and its implication on phytoremediation

    Chen, Y., Zhu, Q., Dong, X., Huang, W., Du, C. & Lu, D., 15 Dec 2019, In : Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 185, 109723.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Press / Media

    Seawater Breakthrough in Production of Climate-Friendly Fuel Bioethanol Cuts Demands on Freshwater

    Chenyu Du


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment