Prof Bin LIU

National University of Singapore Deputy President, Research & Technology

Prof Bin Liu is Deputy President (Research and Technology) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to her current appointment, she served as Senior Vice Provost (Faculty & Institutional Development) from 2022 to 2023, Vice President (Research and Technology) from 2019 to 2021, and Head of Department at the NUS Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from 2017 to 2021. She currently holds the appointments of Distinguished Professor and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor.

Prof Bin Liu graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Nanjing University, and a PhD in Chemistry from NUS. She received her postdoctoral training at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She joined NUS as an Assistant Professor in 2005, and was promoted to full professorship in 2016.

An internationally acclaimed leader in the field of organic functional materials, Prof Bin Liu has been highly recognised for her contributions in polymer chemistry and applications of organic nanomaterials for biomedical, environmental and energy research.


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Since 2014, Prof Bin Liu has been named annually among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate. She is also a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering, Singapore National Academy of Sciences, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, and the Royal Society of Chemistry in Britain. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of more than a dozen top peer-reviewed chemistry and materials journals. Since 2019, she has served as Deputy Editor of ACS Materials Letters, launching and developing the flagship materials journal of the American Chemical Society.

Other achievements are listed below:

2023 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award
2022 Elected as an international member of the US National Academy of Engineering
2014 Co-founded LuminiCell, an NUS spin-off that produces organic luminescent nanoparticles for use in biomedical applications
2021 Kabiller Young Investigator’s Award in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine
2021 Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize
2019 American Chemical Society ACS Nano Lectureship Award
2016 President’s Technology Award
2011 L'Oréal Women in Science National Fellowship
2008 National Science and Technology Young Scientist Award