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Assoc Prof Cao Bin
Associate Chair (Research), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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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, Environmental Research, Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology (Specialty section: Biofilms), and an Editorial Board Member for Environment International.

For more details on Dr. Cao's recent research activities, please visit -
Biofilms in natural and engineered systems
Biofilm-mediated environmental bioprocesses
Biofilm biology-informed biofilm engineering
Biofilm-enabled biotechnological applications
  • Bacterial surface and biofilm engineering
  • Biocide-Bacteria Interaction and Implications on Biofouling Control
  • Biodegradable Polyion Complex of Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides for Safe Antibacterial Therapy
  • Biofilm Biology-Informed Biofilm Engineering
  • Engineering Solutions Inspired by Plastics-eating Worms to End Plastic Waste
  • Enhanced Irreversible Electroporation for Bacteria Inactivation through Induced Non-Uniform Electric Field
  • Innovating Plastic Waste Valorisation with Exploration of the Interaction between Photosynthetic and Heterotrophic Bacteria in Plastisphere
  • Microbial transformation of plastics in SE Asian seas: A hazard and a solution
  • NIR-activable In-situ Production of C-di-GMP as a STING Agonist for Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Platform Technology for Bacterial Surface Modification and Rapid Detection of Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria
  • School Research Funding Support to Associate Chairs, Assistant Chairs and Prog Directors