Welcome to Prof Li's Lab

Associate Professor LI Zhi

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore

Our research focuses on advanced biocatalysis for green and sustainable manufacturing of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, production of bio-based fuels and chemicals, and development of functional and smart materials.

Main Research Interests

The main research interests are: (a) Discovery and engineering of novel biocatalysts, (b) Engineering of novel and efficient biocatalytic systems, (c) Utilization of renewable feedstocks or waste to produce fuels and chemicals, and d) Synthesis of functional and smart materials for biotechnological and biomedical applications.

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Lab News

Nov 2018: Professor Nicholas J. Turner and Professor Sabine L. Flitsch, School of Chemistry, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom visited our lab and shared their expertise with us. They also gave seminars in our department on "Design and Implementation of de novo biosynthetic cascades" and "Biocatalysis and Synthetic Biology".

Nov 2018: Professor Marko D. Mihovilovic, Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry, TU Wien,Vienna, Austria visited our lab and gave us a talk on "Adventures in Cascade Biocatalysis – Converging Chemo- and Enzyme Catalysis".

June 2018: Dr. Stephen J Brelje, Director of the Bioprocess Development Group Pfizer Global Supply, Pfizer Inc gave us a talk on "Enzymes in Big Pharma – A manufacturing perspective".

Apr 2018: Professor Anton Glieder from Graz University of Technology (Austria) visited our lab and shared his expertise with us.

Dec 2017: i-BioS 2017, was a great success! Prof. Li Zhi and Dr. Wu (A-star) organized the international symposium on Innovative Bioproduction Singapore at NUS. High quality lectures were provided by top scientists from different regions and trending research topics were discussed.

Sept 2017: A great stride towards green! Dr. Wu Shuke and Dr. Zhou Yi's work on cascade biotransformation for green and sustainable synthesis has been published as Very Important Papers in Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis and high lighted on the journal's front cover (Wu, S, Zhou, Y., Seet, D. and Prof. Li Z.; Zhou. Y, Wu, S. and Prof. Li Z.)

Aug 2017: A very warm welcome! Professor Per Berglund from KTH (Sweden) visited our lab in the Faculty of Engineering and shared his expertise with us.