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Cao Bin



Assistant Chair (Research)






Associate Professor
B.Eng., BUAA; Ph.D., NUS
Office: N1-01c-69
Tel: (65) 6790-5277
Email: bincao@ntu.edu.sg
Personal website



Education

  • Ph.D., National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2008
  • B.Eng., Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics (BUAA), China, 2001

Career details

  • Sep 2017 – present, Associate Professor, NTU
  • Dec 2011 – Aug 2017, Assistant Professor, NTU
  • Dec 2015 - Feb 2016, Tan Chin Tuan Fellow, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA
  • Apr 2011 - Oct 2011, Postdoc, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), USA
  • Jan 2010 - Mar 2011, Visiting Researcher, PNNL, USA
  • Jun 2009 - Mar 2011, Postdoc, Washington State University, USA

Editorial board member

  • Associate Editor, Water Research, 2017 - present
  • Assistant Editor, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2016 - present
  • Co-guest editor for special issues:

    • Special Issue on “Bioremediation of contaminated soil and water: GeoTrop 2017” for Biodegradation, Springer, 2017
    • Special Issue on “Biowaste for Energy Recovery and Environmental Remediation” for Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Elsevier, 2017
    • Special Issue on “Biofilm engineering - Harnessing the power of beneficial biofilms” for AIMS Bioengineering, AIMS Press, 2015


Main research interest

  • Microbial biofilms in natural and engineered systems
  • Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS)
  • Interactions of biofilms and EPS with environmental contaminants
  • Biological treatment of waste/wastewater


A full list of publications and recent research activities are available at http://www.bcaolab.org/

  • 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
  • Mohanty A, Tan CH, Cao B* (2016) Impacts of nanomaterials on bacterial quorum sensing: Differential effects on different signals. Environmental Science: Nano 3: 351-356
  • 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
  • Ng CK, Cao B* (2015) What exactly are you filtering out? Environmental Science & Technology 49 (9): 5259-5260. (Viewpoint)
  • Mohanty A, Wei L, Lu L, Chen Y, Cao B* (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
  • Ding Y, Peng N, Du Y, Ji L, Cao B* (2014) Disruption of putrescine biosynthesis in Shewanella oneidensis enhances biofilm cohesiveness and performance in Cr(VI) immobilization. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80(4): 1498-1506
  • Cao B, Major PD, Ahmed B, Renslow RS, Silvia CP, Shi L, Kjelleberg S, Fredrickson JK, Beyenal H (2012) Biofilm shows spatially stratified metabolic responses to contaminant exposure. Environmental Microbiology 14: 2901-2910
  • Cao B, Ahmed B, Kennedy DW, Wang Z, Shi L, Marshall MJ, Fredrickson JK, Isern NG, Majors PD, Beyenal H (2011) Contribution of extracellular polymeric substances from Shewanella sp. HRCR-1 biofilms to U(VI) immobilization. Environmental Science & Technology 45: 5483-5490
  • Cao B, Shi L, Brown RN, Xiong Y, Fredrickson JK, Romine MF, Marshall MJ, Lipton MS, Beyenal H (2011) Extracellular polymeric substances of Shewanella sp. HRCR-1 biofilms: characterization by infrared spectroscopy and proteomics. Environmental Microbiology 13: 1018-1031


  • Travel Expense Award, AIChE Annual Meeting 2005 (Cincinnati) & 2006 (San Francisco)
  • BMW-Rolls Royce Scholarship (top 1%) & BaoSteel Scholarship (top 1%), 2000, BUAA