Academic Profile

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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Assoc Prof Cao Bin
Associate Chair (Research), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

  • Engineering Solutions Inspired by Plastics-eating Worms to End Plastic Waste

  • Mechanisms of interactions in a model, synthetic biofilm community

  • Microbial transformation of plastics in SE Asian seas: A hazard and a solution

  • School Research Funding Support to Associate Chairs, Assistant Chairs and Prog Directors
  • Mukherjee M, Hu Y, Tan CH, Rice S, Cao B*. (2018). Engineering a Light-responsive, Quorum Quenching Biofilm to Mitigate Biofouling on Water Purification Membranes. Science Advances, 4(12), eaau1459.

  • Mukherjee M, Nishanth M, Liu X, Kang Y, Cao B*. (2016). Confocal laser scanning microscopy-compatible microfluidic membrane flow cell as a non-destructive tool for studying biofouling dynamics on forward osmosis membranes. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 3(8), 303-309.

  • Wu Y, Mohanty A, Chia WS, Cao B*. (2016). Influence of 3-chloroaniline on the biofilm lifestyle of Comamonas testosteroni and its implications on bioaugmentation. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82, 4401-4409.

  • Wu Y, Shukal S, Mukherjee M, Cao B*. (2015). Involvement in denitrification is beneficial to the biofilm lifestyle of Comamonas testosteroni: A mechanistic study and its environmental implications. Environmental Science & Technology, 49, 11551-11559.

  • Mohanty A, L Wei, L Lu, Y Chen, B Cao*. (2015). Impact of sublethal levels of single-wall carbon nanotubes on pyoverdine production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its environmental implications. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 2, 105-111.