Faculty Directory


Liu Yu

Office: N1-01c-93
Tel: (65) 6790-5254


  • BEng, BILI; MEng, INSA-Toulouse; PhD, INSA-Toulouse

Career details:

  • Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University
  • Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University
  • Lee Kuan Yew Post-Doctoral Fellow, Nanyang Technological University

Official Appointments

  • Associate Chair (Research): 2010-present

Member of Professional Societies

  • Member of International Water Association since 1999

Editorial Board Member

  • Editorial advisory board member of “Recent Patents on Biotechnology” since 2007
  • Editorial board member of “Open Biotechnology Journal” since 2009
  • Editorial board member of “English-Chinese Dictionary of Water and Wastewater Technology”, China Architecture & Building Press, 2006
  • Invited Guest Editor of special issue “Microbial Immobilization Technology for Wastewater Treatment” for “World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development”, Vol 6, No. 2-4, 2009, Inderscience Publishers Ltd., USA, 2009
  • Invited Guest Editor of special issue for “International Journal of Environment and Waste Management”, Vol. 7, Nos. 1/2, 2011, Inderscience Publishers Ltd., USA, 2011
  • Editorial board member of “Chemosphere”, March 2012 to present

Main research interest

  • Membrane bioreactor and membrane biofouling control
  • Biofilms and biogranulation
  • Innovative biological processes for wastewater reclamation
  • Molecular and cellular communication mechanisms of microbial attachment and aggregation

Current research project

  • Development of an anaerobic ceramic membrane bioreactor for wastewater treatment

Selected recent publications

  • Paul E. and Liu Y. (2012) Biological Sludge Minimization and Biomaterials/Bioenergy Recovery. 450 pages estimated, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Xu H.J. and Liu Y.(2012) Chemically inhibited ATP synthesis promoted detachment of different-age biofilms from membrane surface. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (in press)
  • Agarwal A., Xu H.J, Ng W.J. and Liu Y. (2012) Biofilm detachment by self-collapsing air microbubbles: a potential chemical-free cleaning technology for membrane biofouling. Journal of Materials Chemistry 22, 2203-2207.
  • Xiong Y.H. and Liu Y. (2012) Essential roles of eDNA and AI-2 in aerobic granulation in sequencing batch reactors operated at different settling times. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 93, 2645-2651.
  • Li J.F., Yang F.L., Liu Y., Li D. and Cheng F.Q. (2012) Microbial community- and biomass characteristics-associated severe membrane fouling during start-up of a hybrid anoxic-oxic membrane bioreactor. Bioresource Technology 103, 43-47.
  • Xu H.J. and Liu Y. (2011) Reduced microbial attachment by D-amino acid-inhibited AI-2 and EPS production. Water Research 45, 5796-804.
  • Agarwal A., Ng W.J. and Liu Y. (2011) Principle and applications of microbubble and nanobubble technology for water treatment. Chemosphere 84, 1175-1180.
  • Xu H.J. and Liu Y. (2011) D-amino acid mitigated membrane biofouling and promoted biofilm detachment. Journal of Membrane Science 376, 266-274.
  • Xu H.J. and Liu Y. (2011) Control and cleaning of membrane biofouling by energy uncoupling and cellular communication. Environmental Science & Technology 45, 595-601
  • Maszenan A.M., Liu Y. and Ng W.J. (2011) High-performance anaerobic granulation processes for treatment of wastewater containing recalcitrant compounds. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 41, 1271-1308.
  • Shen L., Xu H.L. and Liu Y. (2011) Microbial characterization of the biofilms developed for treating ampicillin-bearing wastewater. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substance & Environmental Engineering 46, 314-322.
  • Maszenan A.M., Liu Y. and Ng W.J. (2011) Bioremediation of wastewaters with recalcitrant organic compounds and metals by aerobic granules. Biotechnology Advances 29, 111-123.
  • Books, Book Chapters and SCI Journals Papers

  • Inclusion in the 15th and 16th editions "Who's Who in the World".
  • Inclusion in "Dictionary of Scientists and Inventors of Modern China", Vol. 4.
  • France governmental scholarship for Master and Ph.D. study from 1989 to 1994.
  • Young academic leading expert awarded by the Beijing Municipal Government 1998.
  • Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 1998
  • Singapore National Technology Awards, 2003