Dr Wei Yu

BE, MChemEng, PhD


Dr. Wei Yu starts his new career as a lecturer of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland at 2012. He was promoted to senior lecturer in 2015. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2), Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand from 2008 to 2011. He received his B.E. (1993) degree in Chemical Engineering from Liaoning University of Petroleum and Chemical Technology, Fushun, P.R. China, Master (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Queen’s University, Canada. He worked as a process engineer at West Pacific Petrochemical Company, Dalian, P.R. China from 1993-1999. His main research interests include control performance assessment, analysis of variance, process control and system identification.

Research | Current

Research Interests:

  • Big data analytics
  • Food processing modelling
  • Process control
  • Multivariate data analysis
  • Process modelling and optimization
  • Process monitoring and quality control

Current Project (PhD or ME)

  • Dairy processing modelling
  • Soft sensor development for milk powder quality controls
  • Big data analytics for dairy processing monitoring
  • Geothermal power plant steam washing modelling
  • ORC Plant Design Integration into EDT
  • Organic Rankine cycle modelling and control
  • High purity distillation column modelling and control
  • Phosphorous recovery process optimization


Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 752 Process Dynamics and Control
  • CHEMMAT 773 Food Process Systmes Engineering
  • CHEMMAT 315 Chemical Reactor Engineering
  • CHEMMAT 312 Transfer Processes II

Postgraduate supervision

PhD students:

  • Song Li (2019 -2022) : Development of a "digital twin" of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) for operational performance improvements
  • Ramin Razmi (2018 - 2021) : Developing new soft sensors for food quailty controls
  • Misagh Ebrahimpour (2018 - 2021) :  Economic model predictive control strategies on industries
  • Haohan Ding (2018 - 2021) : Image Processing Applications for Milk Powder Measurement
  • Mohamed Dabbour (2017 - 2020) : Integrated Geothermal Process and Reservoir Management
  • Shoulong Dong (2016 - 2019) :  ORC Plant Design Integration into EDT 
  • Bing Li (2013 - 2016) : Phosphorous recovery technology development
  • Isuru Abeykoon Udugama (2013 - 2016) : High purity multi-component distillation modelling and control
  • Matthew Proctor (2012 - 2015) : Organic Rankine Cycle plant modelling and control
  • Nur Hamizah Abdul Ghani (2014 - 2017) : Coffee roast bean modelling and quality prediction
  • Farzam Shahni (2014 - 2017) : PID controller performance assessment
  • Ary Noviyanto (2014 - 2017): Honey analyses based on optical spectrum information

Master Students:

  • Shizi Zeng (2019) : Determining lactose crystallinity in milk powder
  • Yinzi Lin (2019) : Cheese fermentation modelling
  • Gandhi Alamsyah (2019) : Modelling and Optimization of Possible Bottoming Binary Plants in Ulubelu Geothermal Power Plant
  • Arun Pandey (2019) : Dairy process mointoring
  • Mansi Gupta (2018) : Effect of storage on rehydration, free fat & lactose crystallization of milk powder
  • La Ode Abdul Kudus (2018) : Modelling and Optimization of Geothermal Organic Rankine Cycle Power Plant
  • Matthew Lie (2017) : Development of control technology for Organic Rankine Cycle plants
  • Bo Li (2017) : Milk Powder Analysis through Particle Morphology
  • Howard Zheng (2015) : Organic Rankine Cycle design tool development 
  • Nina Yang (2015) : Milk spray dryer modelling and control
  • Kai Zhang (2015) : Milk powder functionality monitoring
  • Kevin Muriithi Manyara (2013) : Mathematical modelling of a single Skim milk droplet drying ​
  • Uidhyul Tupare (2013) : Quarg Cheese Vat Process Modeling using VMGSim and Excel
  • Yunsu Kim (2013) : Steady state modellling of dairy processing using VMGsim simulator


C&M representitive for Pratical Work Committee

C&M timetable representitive

PhD oral exam chairman

Areas of expertise

  • Process control
  • Control performance assessment
  • Multivariate data analysis
  • System identification

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Associate member of IChemE

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Li, B., Lin, Y., Yu, W., Wilson, D., & Young, B. R. (2020). Application of mechanistic modelling and machine learning for cream cheese fermentationpHprediction. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY10.1002/jctb.6517
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bing Li, Brent Young
  • Ding, H., Yu, W., Boiarkina, I., Depree, N., & Young, B. R. (2020). Effects of morphology on the dispersibility of instant whole milk powder. JOURNAL OF FOOD ENGINEERING, 27610.1016/j.jfoodeng.2019.109841
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young
  • Li, B., Yin, T., Udugama, I. A., Dong, S. L., Yu, W., Huang, Y. F., & Young, B. (2020). Food waste and the embedded phosphorus footprint in China. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 25210.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119909
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bing Li, Brent Young
  • Li, B., Huang, H. M., Boiarkina, I., Yu, W., Huang, Y. F., Wang, G. Q., & Young, B. R. (2019). Phosphorus recovery through struvite crystallisation: Recent developments in the understanding of operational factors. Journal of environmental management, 24810.1016/j.jenvman.2019.07.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bing Li, Brent Young
  • Ghani, N. H. A., Bingol, G., Li, B., Yu, W., & Young, B. (2019). Development of a novel 2D single coffee bean model and comparison with a 3D model under varying heating profiles. JOURNAL OF FOOD PROCESS ENGINEERING, 42 (4)10.1111/jfpe.13063
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bing Li, Brent Young
  • Shahni, F., Yu, W., & Young, B. (2019). Rapid estimation of PID minimum variance. ISA transactions, 86, 227-237. 10.1016/j.isatra.2018.10.047
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young
  • Li, B., Boiarkina, I., Yu, W., Huang, H. M., Munir, T., Wang, G. Q., & Young, B. R. (2019). Phosphorous recovery through struvite crystallization: Challenges for future design. The Science of the total environment, 648, 1244-1256. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.166
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bing Li, Brent Young
  • A Udugama, I., Munir, M. T., Kirkpatrick, R., Young, B. R., & Yu, W. (2018). Side draw control design for a high purity multi-component distillation column. ISA transactions, 76, 167-177. 10.1016/j.isatra.2018.03.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Young


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Level 10, Room 1065
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