Jiayun Pang

Dr Jiayun Pang BSc, PGCert HE, MPhil, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr Pang received her BSc Medicinal Chemistry from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, China, and her PhD in Computational Chemistry from the University of Birmingham in 2006. She then moved to the University of Manchester to work as a postdoctoral research associate, where her research focused on the study of quantum phenomenon in enzymes using a combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical (QM/MM) approach.

Dr Jiayun Pang joined the School of Science at the University of Greenwich in October 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor in September 2021. Dr Pang’s research expertise lies in the use of computational chemistry and machine learning methods to solve challenges within the field of biophysical, organic and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Responsibilities within the university

Module leader

  • Applied Physical Chemistry (Level 6)
  • Advanced Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics, and Quantum Mechanics (Level 6)

Course participation

  • Bioinformatics (Level 7)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (Level 7)
  • Physical Chemistry (Level 4)
  • Further Physical Chemistry (Level 5)
  • Computational Chemistry (Level 7)
  • BSc/MSc project


  • Royal Society of Chemistry Rita and John Cornforth Award (2009)


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Elected Committee Member of the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society (MGMS)

Research / Scholarly interests

Jiayun Pang’s research focus on the use of computational methods to understand molecular properties, chemical reactions, and biological macromolecules, such as enzymes. Her research areas include:

  • Incorporating machine learning algorithms to enhance the predictive power of computational chemistry, in particular using deep learning algorithms inspired by Natural Language Processing (NLP) to explore the vast chemical space to enable more accurate prediction of structure-property relationships.
  • Studying the mechanisms of organic reactions using DFT calculations and using feature-based machine learning models to predict reaction selectivity.
  • Enzyme catalysis using the combined QM/MM method, enhanced free-energy sampling and precise reaction rate calculations which take into account the hydrogen tunnelling effect.

Recent publications


Pang, Jiayun , Pine, Alexander, Sulemana, Abdulai (2023), Using Natural Language Processing (NLP)-inspired molecular embedding approach to predict Hansen solubility parameters. Royal Society of Chemistry. In: , , , . Royal Society of Chemistry, Digital Discovery 2635-098X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1039/d3dd00119a).

Yin, Lina , Guan, Ting, Cheng, Jie, Pan, Dongchao , Lu, Jinyang , Huang, Jiahui , Wu, Jiaqi , Chen, Xiaoli , You, Taiyun , Huo, Xuting (2022), Manipulations of phenylnorbornyl palladium species for multicomponent construction of a bridged polycyclic privileged scaffold. Nature Research. In: , , , . Nature Research, Communications Chemistry, 5: 140 (1) 2399-3669 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s42004-022-00759-4).

Vivoli, Mirella , Pang, Jiayun, Harmer, Nicholas J. (2017), A half-site multimeric enzyme achieves its cooperativity without conformational changes. Nature Publishing Group. In: , , , . Nature Publishing Group, Scientific Reports, 7: 16529 (1) ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), 2045-2322 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-16421-2).

Tong, Xiaoxue , Busk, Peter Kamp, Lange, Lene, Pang, Jiayun (2016), New insights into the molecular mechanism of methanol-induced inactivation of Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase: A molecular dynamics simulation study. Taylor and Francis. In: , , , . Taylor and Francis, Molecular Simulation, 42 (5) . pp. 434-445 ISSN: 0892-7022 (Print), 1029-0435 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08927022.2015.1059938).