Advanced Environmental Biotechnology Centre (AEBC) 

Launched in May 2010, AEBC is the ‘Bio-technology and Bio-process’ Centre of Excellence of the NEWRI Ecosystem. Vital to humans and the environments, micro-organisms play critical roles in ecosystems, acting as decomposers to break down organic material. NEWRI, led by its Centre of Excellence AEBC, develops capabilities to harness the natural decomposition abilities of different types of micro-organisms to design bioprocess solutions that are efficient and cost-effective, and to convert contaminants in wastewater and waste, into energy and other resources.

Microbes aid the treatment and conversion of convert by-products (Eg. sludge) into useful material. Environmental microbiology mimics the biological conversion processes in the environment, keeping the waste water and waste treatment process as natural as possible.

Our vision

A centre of excellence providing leadership in application of environmental biotechonology and bioprocesses as sustainable solution to address the environmental issues for Singapore's environmental, water industry and the world.​

Our mission

Engage and excel in novel and innovative R.E.D (Research, Engineering, Deployment) collaborations in the domains of environmental biotechnology and bioprocesses with industry and community to develop sustainable solutions for Singapore’s environmental needs, and the world.

AE​BC areas of research 

AEBC has the capability of addressing scientific and industrial challenges arising from the entire value chain of wastewater reclamation and biosolids management. Their strong fundamental and applied environmental microbiology research platforms address complex wastewater-energy-resource nexus:​

AEBC's domain

Energy self sufficient wastewater reclamation processes

Eg. Novel treatment processes with lower energy

SMTC domain

Energy and resource recovery from biosolids with volume minimisation

  • Activated sludge 
  • Food waste
  • Agricultural waste etc.
EPMC domain

Modeularized aerobic or anaerobic membrane bioreactors 

  • Polymeric membrane
  • Ceramic​ membrane​​

Magnetic Digital Microfluidics-Based Detection Platforms For Bacteria Analysis

1. AEBC poster_Magnetic Digital Microfluidics-Based detetction platform

In‐situ power generation and nutrients recovery from wasted sludge

2. AEBC poster _In‐situ power generation and nutrient recovery

Generation of dissolved organic matter by ozonation and its potential on membrane fouling in ceramic MBR

3. AEBC poster_Generation of dissolved organic

Water saving solutions for the wafer fabrication and semi‐conductor Industry

4. AEBC poster_Water saving solutions for wafer fab and semi con ind

Sewage sludge biochar as P‐fertilizer

5. AEBC poster_Sewage sludge biochar as P‐fertilizer

Mainstream anammox in a novel A‐2B process for energy self‐sufficient municipal wastewater treatment with minimized sludge production

6. AEBC poster_Mainstream anammox in a novel

Enhanced anaerobic degradation by conductive materials

7. AEBC poster_Enhanced anaerobic degradation

Electro‐Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion Technology (EAD)

8. AEBC poster_Electro‐Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion tech

An introduction to in vitro bioassays as a means of water quality assessment 

9. AEBC poster_IN VITRO bioassys

Pilot Demonstration of Ultrafast Conversion of Food Waste to Biofertiliser with Zero Solid Discharge

10. AEBC poster_Ultrafast conversion of food waste to biofertilizer

Membrane Fouling Control in MBR Based on Quorum Quenching (QQ)

11. AEBCposter_APQ Tech

Automated Online monitoring  of Waterborne Parasites

12. AEBC poster_WOT


The AEBC laboratory houses state-of-the-art analytical equipment of cutting-edge technology for various water, wastewater, solid and microbial analysis. The laboratory also provides analytical services for both internal and external collaborators. The core analytical equipment are:

AEBC research enquiries: Associate Professor Zhou Yan (Deputy Director)

AEBC lab safety enquires: Ms Emily Mar'atusalihat (Lab Manager) / (65) 6592 7559