Prof Liu Bin

Senior Vice Provost (Faculty & Institutional Development)
Distinguished Professor

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Professor Liu Bin, Provost’s Chair, is Senior Vice Provost (Faculty & Institutional Development) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to taking up this appointment on 1 January 2022, she has served as Vice President (Research and Technology) since September 2019. She is concurrently Head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering until 30 June 2022.

Liu Bin graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Nanjing University, and PhD in Chemistry from NUS. She had 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.

Liu Bin is a leader in the field of organic functional materials, who has been well-recognised for her contributions in polymer chemistry and applications of organic nanomaterials for biomedical research, environmental monitoring and energy devices. She is named among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate. She is a prolific researcher with over 450 publications and holds 30 patents with 16 of them licensed to different companies in US, UK, and Asia. In 2014, she co-founded Luminicell, an NUS spin-off company that produces organic luminescent nanoparticles for use in biomedical applications.

Liu Bin has an impressive list of accolades to her name, including the National Science and Technology Young Scientist Award (2008), L'Oréal Women in Science National Fellowship (2011), Materials in Society Lectureship (2015), the President’s Technology Award (2016), and the American Chemical Society ACS Nano Lectureship Award (2019), which honours three award recipients from around the world who have significantly impacted the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In 2021, she bagged the Kabiller Young Investigator’s Award in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine, and was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Centenary Prize.

Liu Bin is an international member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering, Singapore National Academy of Sciences, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, and Royal Society of Chemistry. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of more than a dozen top peer-reviewed chemistry and materials journals. Since 2019, she serves as the Deputy Editor to launch and develop ACS Materials Letters, a flagship materials journal of the American Chemical Society.

Liu Bin has been instrumental in developing vibrant innovation clusters across faculties, growing the NUS Sustainability Cluster, and recruiting talents for her department and other programmes. She is especially passionate about nurturing the next generation of research leaders and encouraging more women to pursue careers in science and engineering.