University Awards 2013 Winners
Assoc Prof Johan GEERTSEMA Assoc Prof Willie TAN
Prof OOI Beng Chin Assoc Prof LIU Bin
Dr Barbaros ÖZYILMAZ Mr NG Yat Chung
Prof John Eu Li WONG Prof LING Eng Ang

"Enjoy everything you do and be happy every day."

Assoc Prof LIU Bin
PhD (NUS); MSc, BSc (Nanjing University)
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Design and synthesise organic molecules and organic-inorganic hybrid materials with applications in chemical and bio-sensors and optoelectronic devices

  • Created a novel polymer amplified bead array technology for DNA and protein detection that outperforms commercial microarray techniques, with US and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patents filed and its licence granted to a UK company
  • Opened up new possibilities in instrument-free, fluorescence-based detection and analysis by pioneering the use of conjugated polymers to detect and quantify biomolecules in solution
  • Demonstrated the capability of conjugated polymers as signal amplifiers in the solid state that are applicable across a wide range of analyses, a technology that has a PCT patent filed and its licence granted to a US company
  • Devised a new principle for designing fluorescent probes for real-time detection of protein markers in solution and in living cells, a breakthrough that brings wide-ranging impact to the monitoring of biological processes and was granted a US patent
  • 12 out of 21 patents filed have been licensed to companies across the US, UK and Asia

  • Strong ability to identify research directions with both high scientific impact and commercial value
  • Relentless in realising promising ideas
  • Focuses on research originality and fundamental understanding
  • Keen to explore by crossing boundaries between different research areas through collaboration

  • Over 150 papers published in top international journals with over 4,500 citations received
  • Invited by reputable international journals and scientific publishing houses to contribute research articles and reviews as well as edit books

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials (since 2012)
  • Member, Editorial Board of
    • Polymer Bulletin (since 2011)
    • Particles (since 2012)
    • American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (since 2011)
  • Serves as reviewer of 15 top international journals and external reviewer for Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Ministry of Education and National Research Foundation
  • Member, Organising Committee of
    • 14th Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChe 2012) and Section Chair of the Energy track
    • 15th Asian Chemical Congress 2013
  • A regular speaker at established international conferences

  • Young Faculty Research Award, NUS Faculty of Engineering (2012)
  • L'Oréal Singapore for Women in Science National Fellowship (2011)
  • Young Scientist Award, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (2008)
  • NUS Young Investigator Award (2006)

"To develop innovative functional materials for applications in biotechnology and organic electronics."