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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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Fermentation Chemical Compounds
Succinic Acid Chemical Compounds
Acids Engineering & Materials Science
Glycerol Engineering & Materials Science
formic acid Medicine & Life Sciences
Ethanol Engineering & Materials Science
Bioethanol Engineering & Materials Science
Biosynthesis Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 2004 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

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
Acetic acid

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

Chen, Y., Zhu, Q., Dong, X., Huang, W., Du, C. & Lu, D., 3 Oct 2019, In : Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 185, 109723.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Serratia marcescens
Environmental Biodegradation
2 Citations (Scopus)

The development of a biorefining strategy for the production of biofuel from sorghum milling waste

Ahmed El-Imam, A. M., Greetham, D., Du, C. & Dyer, P. S., 28 Jun 2019, In : Biochemical Engineering Journal. 150, 107288.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The development of a sorghum bran-based biorefining process to convert sorghum bran into value added products

Makanjuola, O., Greetham, D., Zou, X. & Du, C., 24 Jul 2019, In : Foods. 8, 8, 279.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Glucan 1,4-alpha-Glucosidase
glucan 1,4-alpha-glucosidase
value-added products
10 Citations (Scopus)

A Brief Review on Bioethanol Production Using Marine Biomass, Marine Microorganism and Seawater

Greetham, D., Zaky, A., Makanjuola, O. & Du, C., 1 Dec 2018, In : Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. 14, p. 53-59 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Press / Media

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

Chenyu Du


2 items of media coverage

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