Dr. LIN Sze Ki Carol (連思琪)

PhD, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), England.
Title of PhD thesis: Succinic acid production from low-cost sustainable raw materials using green processing strategies
Supervisor: Professor Colin Webb

Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Materials Engineering, First Class Honours, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Visiting address
AC1-G5711

Phone: +852 34427497

Author IDs

Editor or Editorial Membership

Editorial Board

  • Editorial Board member of Open Agriculture
  • Scientific Advisory Board member of Waste and Biomass Valorization
  • Executive Editor of Journal of Food Processing and Technology

Biography

Dr. Carol Lin is an Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong.  She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Bioengineering Program in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the HKUST from January 2010 to June 2011. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Professor Wim Soetaert at the Centre of Expertise – Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis (InBio.be) at the Ghent University in Belgium.  She worked in a project titled ‘‘Optimalisation and scale up for succinate production using genetically modified Escherichia coli’.  It was the last phase of a collaborative project titled the “Metabolic engineering and dynamic modelling of Escherichia coli for the production of chemicals from renewable resources” (MEMORE) project.

Carol graduated in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand with a 1st class honours degree.  Her PhD was carried out within the Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering (SCGPE) in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester, England.  In collaboration with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York, her research focused on novel wheat-based biorefining strategies for the production of succinic acid.

Her recent work on 'Starbucks Biorefinery' strategy for sustainable production of succinic acid has been highlighted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in the 244th meeting in Philadelphia, USA as well as in numerous high profile media venues such as Time Magazine (US Edition), BBC News, CNN and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

Dr. Lin is also editorial board member of several biotechnology and energy related journals. She has published over 75 papers with several scientific manuscripts in top impact factor journals including Chemical Society Reviews, Energy and Environmental Sciences; editor of 2 books, co-authored 13 book chapters and published 2 patents. She gave around 70 oral presentations including 8 key-note and 2 plenary talk in the following countries: Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.

Research Interests/Areas

Biorefinery

  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Food waste valorisation
  • Nutrient recovery
  • Waste and biomass valorisation

The term food co-product encompasses raw, processed (mainly cooked), spoil and excess food materials that are disposed of before or during food preparation. In Hong Kong, the amount of food co-product discarded is significant, for example, the food co-product from households, restaurants and the food industry accounts for 40% of municipal solid wastes in Hong Kong (Advisory Council of the Environment). The social, economic and environmental impact of food co-product disposal is enormous. Therefore, there is an imminent need to reduce the quantity of food co-product disposal to landfills. At the same time, the development of effective food waste conversion process/technology aiming at waste processing at the source is desired.

Dr. Lin's research targets the valorization of food co-products through conversion into commercially valuable products with current and/or future markets, such as the production of bio-degradable polymer and specialty chemicals.

Patents

Lin, Carol Sze Ki, and Zhi Quan Lin. "System and Method of Producing Glucoamylases and/or Proteases." U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. City University of Hong Kong, 2015. US Patent Publication no. US-2015-0322394-A1.  November 12, 2015

Pleissner, D., Lin, C.S.K. 2016. MEDIUM, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CULTIVATION OF CHLORELLA PYRENOIDOSA OR ORGANISMS DERIVED FROM CHLORELLA PYRENOIDOSA, (I.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  City University of Hong Kong, 2016. US Patent Publication no. US-2016-0068799-A1. March 10, 2016

Activities

Conference Presentations

  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Food Waste-based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. Department of Sustainable Organic Chemistry and Technology, Ghent University, Belgium. December 1, 2016
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Food Waste-based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. Department of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanjing Technology University, Nanjing.  November 29, 2016
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Food Waste-based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels.Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Nutrition Science at Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Beijing. November 28, 2016
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Food Waste-based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. InnoTech Expo 2016. Hong Kong Convention Centre. September 27, 2016 (Invited talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Green Chemistry for China: Case Study Hong Kong. The 4th Annual Workshop and Symposium of the Global Green Chemistry Centers Network (G2C2), Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. July 18-19, 2016 (Keynote)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Bioconversion of Food and Beverage Waste to High Value-added Products. Food Science and Technology Program, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore. June 1, 2016
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Valorisation of organic residues for the production of bio-based products: A contribution to the bio-based economy. in: 6th International BioEnergy and Biorefinery Conference - Southast Asia 2016: Sustainable Manufacturing for Food, Fuels and Chemicals. Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. May 30, 2016
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Bioconversion of Food and Beverage Waste to High Value-added Products. Joint Research Unit (INRA-Montpellier SuperAgro – Montpellier University), Montpellier, France. May 27, 2016 (Invited talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Bioconversion of Food and Beverage Waste to High Value-added Product. in: 6th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation. Ecole des Mines d'Albi, France. May 24, 2016
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2016. Transforming Food and Beverage Waste to High Value-added Products. in: Seminar. INRA AgroParisTech, Microbiology and Food Process Engineering, Centre for Agro-Industrial Biotechnology, Thiverval-Grignon, Paris, France. May 19, 2016 (Invited talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. Transforming Food and Beverage Waste to High Value-added Product. in: International Workshop on Food Waste Valorisation – Technical & Legal Challenges. Montreux, Switzerland. March 10, 2016 (Invited talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. Integrating Green Chemistry Principles Into the Development of Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemistry. Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. November 6, 2015 (Invited talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. Integrating Green Chemistry Principles Into the Development of Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemistry. 2015 Annual Meeting of Association of Bio-based Materials Industry, Hsinchu, Taiwan. November 4, 2015 (Invited talk)
  • Lin*, CSK. Integrating Green Chemistry Principles Into the Development of Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemistry. Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. August 24, 2015 (Invited talk)
  • Lin*, CSK, Integrating Green Chemistry Principles Into the Development of Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemistry. Biorefinery for Food, Fuels & Materials 2015 symposium; Montpellier SupAgro, France. June 16, 2015 (Keynote)
  • Lin*, CSK, Integrating Green Chemistry Principles Into the Development of Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemistry; Institut National de la Recherche Agromique (INRA), Toulouse, France. June 11, 2015 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2015. Valorisation of Food Waste for Food Flavours production in the Food and Beverage Industry. in: International Flavours Fermentation Workshop, EPTES Technologies and Lab Equipment Madrid, Spain. May 5, 2015. (Keynote)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2015. Food Waste-based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels., College of Food and Biological Engineering, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Henan, China. April 3, 2015.
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2015. Food Waste-based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, 20/F Lounge Area, Towngas Headquarter, 363 Java Road, North Point, March 20, 2015. (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2015. Integrating Green Chemistry Principles Into the Development of Lignocellulosic Waste Valorization for Sustainable Chemistry. in: FP1306 COST Action (LIGNOVAL), Second MC Meeting & First Workshop. Best Western Hotel M, Belgrade, Serbia.  February 2-5, 2015 (Plenary Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food Waste-based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. College of Materials and Environmental Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, China. December 13, 2014 (Invited talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food Waste-based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. December 11, 2014, Wuqing Advanced Institute, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, China. December 11, 2014
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. in: Section 5: Biological Wastes and Food Wastes, Biological - Waste as Resource, with a Focus on Food Waste. B4-LP-04, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Tai Po, Hong Kong. December 3, 2014 (Keynote)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. in: Tech Forum – Green Technologies Track, The APAC Innovation Summit 2014 S224-225 Hong Kong Conventional Exhibition Centre. December 2, 2014 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Integrating Green Chemistry Principles Into the Development of Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemistry. in: National Seminar in Chemistry Fair 2014. RIK Auditorium, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia. November 29, 2014 (Keynote)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. in: 5th International Conference on Energy – Sustainable Energy Policies and Technologies City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. October 17, 2014 (Workshop discussion)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. in: ACS 248th National Meeting, Recent Development of Environmental Chemistry in Asia. Division of Environmental Chemistry, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Room: Golden Gate Section C3, San Francisco, USA. August 12, 2014.
  • Hu, Y., Kwan, T.H., Daoud, W., Cheuk, K.K.L., Domínguez, P.H., Fei, B., Zhu, M., Li, S., Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Conversion of Food Waste into Polylactic acid Fibre. in: Green Chemistry Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. July 27 - August 1, 2014 (Poster presentation)
  • Lin* C.S.K. 2014. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. PepsiCo Global R&D Research Forum; 2014 Le Royal Meridien Shanghai Hotel, Shanghai, China. July 14, 2014 (Plenary Talk)
  • Lin* C.S.K. 2014. How to Turn Food Waste into Chemicals and Materials?  Summer Expert Talk 2014; Lecture Theatre 4, Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong. July 2, 2014.
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. in: The 10th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (RRB10). Palacio Conde Ansúrez Conference Centre, Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain. June 3, 2014 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. in: Seminar in Department of Physical Chemistry and Applied Thermodynamics. University of Cordoba, Spain. June 3, 2014 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. Seminar, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), Greece. May 14, 2014, (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. Food waste in the European Food Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities, Divani Palace Acropolis, Athens, Greece
    COST Office (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) TD1203. May 13, 2014 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. in: Bioenergy Symposium, Initiative on Clean Energy and Environment (ICEE). Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong. April 17, 2014 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Valorisation of Food Bioproducts to Eliminate Wastage. Food & Hotel Asia 2014 International Conference, Singapore Expo. Food Product Development Technology & Innovation Forum. April 10, 2014 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Biorefinery development for succinic acid production. in: Departmental Seminar. Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore.  April 8, 2014
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. in: Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. #06-08, Meeting Room 1, Cleantech One, 1 Cleantech Loop, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Singapore.  April 7, 2014
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. Laboratory of Biomass and Bioenergy Research, National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, College of Plant Sciences and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China. March 21, 2014 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. State Key Laboratory of Microbial Technology, Shandong University, Shandong, China.  March 19, 2014
  • Lin*, C.S.K. 2014. Food Waste-Based Biorefinery Development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. Z4-040, Block Z, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. February 25, 2014 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin*, C.S.K. (2014) Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. in Visit of University System of Taiwan. B4701 AC1, City University of Hong Kong. February 10, 2014.
  • Pleissner, D., Karmee, S. K., Lam, W. C., Haque, M. A., Hu, Y., Arancon, R. A. D., Kwan, T. H., Lau, K. Y., and Lin*, C. S. K. (2014) Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels, In 20th Anniversary Workshop on Environmental Science and Technology for Sustainable Development, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. (Poster)
  • Lin*, C.S.K., 2013. Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels, School of Bioscience and Bioengineering, South China University of Technology (SCUT), Guangzhou, China. November 6, 2013. (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, C.S.K., 2013. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals, Materials and Fuels, Eco Expo Asia 2013 - International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection, AsiaWorld-Expo. Hong Kong International Airport. October 29, 2013. (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, C.S.K., 2013. Food waste-based biorefinery development: Valorisation of food waste for sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels in: The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. The Future of Innovation, Innovation and Technology Symposium 2013, September 26, 2013, Meeting rooms N201-212, Hong Kong Conventional and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong. (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, C.S.K., 2013. Case Sharing: How to Turn Food Waste into Chemicals and Materials?, BEC Leadership Networking Series: Managing Hong Kong’s Food Waste – Overview and Latest Research Efforts, July 25, 2013, Business Environmental Council (BEC) Auditorium. (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, C.S.K. (2013). How to Turn Food Waste into Chemicals and Materials?, Summer Expert Talks 2013, Wei Hing Theatre, 6/F Amenities Building, City University of Hong Kong. July 2, 2013.
  • Lin, C.S.K. 2013. Development of a multi-enzyme solutions for the valorisation of industrial food co-products and organic food waste from cafeteria BIT’s 4th Symposium on Enzyme and Biocatalysis, April 25-27, 2013, Nanjing, China.
  • Lin, C.S.K. 2013. Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals & Materials. Food Waste Reduction and Recycling Sharing Session, April 23, 2013, City University of Hong Kong.
  • Lin, C.S.K. 2013. Starbucks biorefinery development: Valorisation of bakery waste from Starbucks Hong Kong for the production of chemicals and materials. Housing Authority Head Quarter April 16, 2013, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon.
  • Lin, C.S.K. (2013). Starbucks biorefinery development: Valorisation of bakery waste from Starbucks Hong Kong for the production of biodegradable plastics. 245th ACS National Meeting, April 9, 2013, New Orleans, USA.
  • Lin, C.S.K. (2013). Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals & Materials. in: A Holistic Approach in Our Future Community, Holistic Community Association. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. March 28, 2013. (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, C. S. K. (2013) Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals & Materials, In Energy Recovery and Storage: A New Approach for the UK and China Workshop (Whiterose University Consortium), March 21, 2013. Lecture Hall 1, Academic Exchange Centre, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China.
  • LIN, C.S.K. (2013) Valorisation of Food Waste for Sustainable Production of Chemicals & Materials.  Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) Technology Seminar on Food Waste Recycling; March 13, 2013; Technology Centre, 1/F, EMSD Headquarters Building, Kowloon. (Invited talk)
  • Lin, C.S.K., (2013) Advanced Food Waste Recycling Technology, Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Food Waste Recycling Seminar. Food Education Association, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  February 8, 2013 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, C. S. K. (2012) Biofuels from Coffee Beans and Cupcakes, In ANTEC Mumbai, Society of Plastics Engineers, Mumbai, India. December 6, 2012 (Keynote)
  • Lin, C. S. K. (2012) Valorisation of coffee grinds and unconsumed bakery waste from Starbucks Hong Kong for the sustainable production of chemical and materials, In Invited Seminar, College of Fisheries and Life Sciences, Shanghai Ocean University. November 19, 2012 (Invited Talk)
  • Pleissner, D., Li, M., Lam, W. C., Han, W., Sun, Z., and Lin*, C. S. K. (2012) Valorisation of unconsumed bakery waste from Starbucks Hong Kong and mixed food waste for the sustainable production of chemicals and materials. , In 6th International Functional Food Symposium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. October 25-26, 2012 (Poster)
  • Lin, C.S.K.(2012). Valorisation of coffee grinds and unconsumed bakery waste from Starbucks Hong Kong for the sustainable production of chemical and materials. 244th American Chemical Society Meeting. Philadelphia, USA. August 19-23, 2012
  • Lin, C.S.K. (2012). How to Turn Food Waste into Chemicals and Materials?, Summer Expert Talks 2012, Wei Hing Theatre, 6/F Amenities Building, City University of Hong Kong.  July 3, 2012
  • Lin, S.K.C. (2012) ‘Valorisation of Coffee Grinds and Unconsumed Bakery Waste from Starbucks Hong Kong for the Sustainable Production of Chemical and Materials’. CityU Technology Transfer Forum, 15th June 2012 (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, S.K.C. (2012) ‘Foodwaste Valorisation for the Production of Sustainable and Added-value Products’. CityU-NUS Joint Seminar, National University of Singapore, 7-8th June 2012
  • Lin, S.K.C. (2012) ‘Foodwaste Valorisation for the Production of Sustainable Production of Chemicals and Materials’.  Swire Coca-Cola HK, Shatin, Hong Kong.  April 13, 2012. (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, S.K.C. (2012) ‘Foodwaste Valorisation for the Production of Sustainable Production of Chemicals and Materials’.  Business Environment Council (BEC).  January 9, 2012. (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, S.K.C. (2011) ‘Development of a Technology Platform for the Production of Chemicals from Renewable Resources’. Conference in the Year of Chemistry 2011, University of Cordoba, 13th June 2011
    (Invited Talk)
  • Lin, S.K.C. (2011) ‘Development of a Technology Platform for the Production of Chemicals from Renewable Resources’. Seminar in the Bioengineering Program, HKUST, 4th May 2011
  • Lin, S.K.C. (2011) ‘Development of a Technology Platform for the Production of Chemicals from Renewable Resources’. Seminar in the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, 27th April 2011
  • Lin, S.K.C. and Luque, R. (2010) ‘Development of a Technology Platform for the Production of Chemicals from Renewable Resources’ Joint-University Workshop in Bioengineering, HKUST, 5th August 2010
  • Lin, S.K.C. (2009) ‘Development of a Technology Platform for the Production of Chemicals from Renewable Resources’ Seminar in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, HKUST, 19th August 2009
  • Lin, S.K.C., Du, C., Clark, J. and Webb, C. (2008) Fourth International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1st-4th June 2008
  • Lin, S.K.C., Du, C., Clark, J. and Webb, C. (2008) Fifth World Congress on Industrial Bioprocessing and Biotechnology, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 27th-30th April 2008
  • Lin, S.K.C., Du, C. and Webb, C. (2007) Chemistry Innovation Associates’ Meeting, University of Leicester, England, 17th – 18th September 2007
  • Lin, S.K.C., Du, C., Clark, J. and Webb, C. (2007) Third International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries, Ghent, Belgium, 4th – 6th June 2007
  • Lin, S.K.C., Du, C. and Webb, C. (2007) BERN Annual Meeting, 4th UK Biochemical Engineering Research Showcase, University of Birmingham, England, 5th January 2007
  • Lin, S.K.C., Xu, Y, Botella, C. Blanco-Rosete, S. and Mateos Salvador, F. (2005) Biotechnology Yes 2005 Competition. Edinburgh, England. 18th November 2005

Service to Professional & Scientific Bodies, Consultancies, Membership of Professional & Learned Societies

  • External reviewer for research proposals:
  • The Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
  • The Technology Foundation STW, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
  • Environmental Conservation Fund (ECF), Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Hong Kong
  • National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
  • The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Belgium
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
  • Affiliated member of the Environmental Chemistry Division in the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member of the Academic Conduct Committee, City University of Hong Kong (February 1, 2015-January 31, 2017)
  • Member of the Academic Review Committee, City University of Hong Kong (September 1, 2013-August 31, 2017)
  • Organizer for the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Environmental Science (ENVR)’s 100th anniversary symposium ‘Recent Development of Environmental Chemistry in Asia’ the 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, August 10-14, 2014
  • Scientific committee member for Biorefinery for Food, Feed and Materials 2015, Montpellier, France, June 15-17, 2015. http://www.bffm2015-congress.eu/
  • Scientific committee member for the 2nd Green and Sustainable Chemistry conference, Hotel Intercontinental Berlin, Germany, May 14-17, 2017 http://www.greensuschemconf.com/
  • Scientific committee member for Asia-Pacific Conference on Biotechnology for Waste Conversion (BIOWCHK) 2016, Hong Kong Baptist University, December 6-8, 2016 https://arcpe.hkbu.edu.hk/conf2016/pagectr?p=2
  • Scientific committee member for ATHENS 2017 5th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management, Athens, Greece, June 21-24, 2017 http://www.athens2017.uest.gr/
  • Member of the Cost Action TD1203 on Food waste valorisation for sustainable chemicals, materials & fuels (EUBis) http://costeubis.org/
  • Member of the COST Action FP1306 on “Valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass side streams for sustainable production of chemicals, materials & fuels using low environmental impact technologies’ http://www.costfp1306.com/
  • Member of the G2C2 Green Chemistry network http://g2c2.greenchemistrynetwork.org/

 

 

Prizes/Honours

Prizes and Awards

 
2017The President’s Awards, City University of Hong Kong
2016RITA Award 2016, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Appeal (HKRITA)
2016BESS Achievement Award 2016, Bioenergy Biorefinery Conference – Southeast Asia 2016 Sustainable Manufacturing of Food, Fuels and Chemicals, Bioenergy Society of  Singapore (BESS)
2016Golden Medal with Jury’s Commendation in Geneva Invention Exhibition 2016 for ITF project titled “Conversion of food waste into polylactic acid fiber (PLA)”
2014PepisoCo Global R&D Research Forum Award
2008-2009Postdoctoral scholarship from the StarTT-projecten funded by the Industrieel Onderzoeksfonds (IOF), Belgium
2008Poster prize at the FROPTOP event: Enzyme technology for high value products – White Biotechnology Workshop, Manchester Interdisciplinary Bioscience; July 16, 2008.
2008Student grant for junior researchers in the Fourth International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (RRB4) provided by the Dutch Biotechnology Foundation (Stichting Biotechnologie, SBN), the Netherlands.
2008Postgraduate Research Student Conference Travel Funds, The University of Manchester
2008Student Bursary, Biochemical Engineering Subject Group, the Institute of Chemical Engineer (IChemE), United Kingdom
2008Postgraduate Travel Grant from the Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd., United Kingdom
2006-2008Doctoral Studentship, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), United Kingdom
2004-2007Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme (ORSAS), United Kingdom
1999Runner Up for the Best Presentation in the Chemical Engineering Final Year Project Presentation, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
19995th International Alumina Quality Workshop Scholarship, Australia
1998Senior Prize in Chemical and Materials Engineering (Year 3) Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand