Cao Bin

Assoc Prof Cao Bin

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Chair (Research), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cluster Director
Renewables & Low-Carbon Generation (Solar) 
Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N)

Phone: (+65) 6790 5277
Office: N1-01C-69

Dr. Cao is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and an affiliated Principal Investigator (PI) in Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), NTU. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from National University of Singapore. He then worked on U.S. DOE-funded projects during his postdoctoral training in Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Since he joined NTU in Dec 2011, his research efforts have been focused on biofilm engineering - a highly interdisciplinary research topic at the interface between engineering and microbiology. Dr. Cao’s specific research interests cover (i) elucidation of fundamental mechanisms in biofilm-mediated environmental processes and biofilm-contaminant interactions and (ii) development of novel approaches to harnessing the power of beneficial biofilms and combating detrimental biofilms for environmental biotechnological applications. Dr. Cao is now serving as an Associate Editor for Water Research, an Assistant Editor for Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and an Editorial Board Member for Environment International.

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Research Interests

  • Biofilms in natural and engineered systems
  • Biofilm-mediated environmental bioprocesses
  • Biofilm biology-informed biofilm engineering
  • Biofilm-enabled biotechnological applications​