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Dr. Carol LIN

PhD, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), England. Graduated August 2008.
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.  Graduated May 2000.

Assistant Professor (School of Energy and Environment)

 
 

Dr. Carol Lin is a Assistant 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 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.

Research Interests:

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 25% 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. 

 
 

Research Interests

  • Biocatalysis and Enzyme Technology
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Downstream Processing for Product Recovery and Purification

Contact Information

Office: AC1-G5711
Phone: +(852)-3442-7497
Fax: +(852)-3442-0688
Email: carollin@cityu.edu.hk
Time slots for consultation
(Semester A, 2012-13)
 
 

 

Education

Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland, New Zealand

 
 


Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Materials Engineering, First Class Honours, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.  Graduated May 2000.

 
 


PhD, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), England. Graduated August 2008.

 

 

 
 

Career Summary

 

November 2012 - present

Assistant Professor in the School of Energy and Environment, the City University of Hong Kong


 
July 2011 - present Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Energy and Environment, the City University of Hong Kong  
January 2010 - June 2011 Visiting Assistant Professor in Bioengineering Program, HKUST  
2008 - 2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, Ghent University, Belgium  
2004 - 2008 PhD research student, University of Manchester, England  


Professional Activities

 


December 2011-present


Editorial Board of three journals:
Journal of Food Processing and Technology 
Central European Journal of Engineering
International Journal of Environment and Resource

Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics (IJFS)
 
November 2011-present Vice Chairperson of the Bio-Energy Section, The Hong Kong Bio- & Eco-Energy Industry Association Ltd.  
     
 
 

Key Collaborator

Prof. Dr. Rafa Luque
   

Professor
Departamento de Química Orgánica
Universidad de Córdoba, Spain
http://www.uco.es/~q62alsor

 

Prof. Qingsheng Qi
   

Prof. Qingsheng Qi (State Key Lab of Microbial Technology, Shandong University, China

 

Dr. Apostolis Koutinas
   

Dr. Apostolis Koutinas is a Lecture at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece.

 

Prof. James Clark
   

Professor
Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence
Department of Chemistry
University of York
Heslington, York, United Kingdom
http://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/research/green/

 
     
 
 

Conference Presentations

Date Conference Venue
June 2011 Conference for the International Year of Chemistry, The Chemistry Department (Invited Talk) University of Cordoba, Spain
May 2011 Bioengineering Program HKUST, Hong Kong
April 2011 Seminar in the School of Energy and Environment City University of Hong Kong
August 2010 Joint-University Workshop in Bioengineering HKUST, Hong Kong
August 2009 Seminar in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering HKUST, Hong Kong
June 2008 Fourth International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries Rotterdam, the Netherlands
April 2008 Fifth World Congress on Industrial Bioprocessing and Biotechnology Chicago, Illinois, USA
September 2007 Chemistry Innovation Associates' Meeting Leicester, UK
June 2006 Third International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries Ghent, Belgium
January 2006 BERN Annual Meeting, 4th UK Biochemical Engineering Research Showcase Birmingham, UK
November 2005 Biotechnology Yes 2005 Competition Edinburgh, UK
 
 

 

 
 

Research Student Supervision

Completed students
Olufemi Adeyemi MSc Effects of amino acids on succinic acid production via microbial fermentations
Wenxin Lu MSc The recovery and purification of succinic acid from fermentation broth
In addition, I have acted as an examiner for the following MPhil/PhD students:
Student Title of project University
Pui Hei CHAN Study of Traditional Chinese Medicine by omics HKUST
Yu LAN Cultivation of lipid-rich microalgae with both domestic and industrial waste water HKUST
Ana Belén Díaz Sánchez Reutilisation of grape pomace as solid medium of fermentation for the production of hydrolytic enzymes of industrial interest University of Cadiz, Spain
 
     
 

Journal Review

  • Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Applied Catalysis
  • Biochemical Engineering Journal
  • Bioresource Technology
  • Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
  • Chemical Engineering Research and Design
  • Engineering in Life Sciences
  • Desalination and Water Treatment
  • Energy and Environmental Science
  • Engineering in Life Sciences
  • Enzyme and Microbial Technology
  • Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Italian Journal of Food Science
  • Journal of Bioprocessing & Biotechniques
  • Materials Chemistry and Physics
  • PLoS
  • Tetrahedron Letters
 
     
     
     
     
 

Prizes and Awards

Year Award
2008-2009 Postdoctoral scholarship from the StarTT-projecten funded by the Industrieel Onderzoeksfonds (IOF), Belgium
2008 Poster prize at the FROPTOP event: Enzyme technology for high value products – White Biotechnology Workshop, Manchester Interdisciplinary Bioscience; July 16, 2008.
2008 Student 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.
2008 Postgraduate Research Student Conference Travel Funds, The University of Manchester
2008 Student Bursary, Biochemical Engineering Subject Group, the Institute of Chemical Engineer (IChemE), United Kingdom
2008 Postgraduate Travel Grant from the Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd., United Kingdom
2006-2008 Doctoral Studentship, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), United Kingdom
2004-2007 Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme (ORSAS), United Kingdom
1999 Runner Up for the Best Presentation in the Chemical Engineering Final Year Project Presentation, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
1999 5th International Alumina Quality Workshop Scholarship, Australia
1998 Senior Prize in Chemical and Materials Engineering (Year 3)
Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand