Liang Ying (Tim) Ee

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My research interests lie, broadly defined, in the amalgamation of electrochemical engineering and membrane separation for applications in water desalination and resource recovery. Advanced analytical instrumentation will be carried out to better understand both the material properties and transport mechanisms in fabricated membranes.

Selected Publications

  • High-purity lignin from selective biomass fractionation with ternary deep eutectic solvents.
    Ee, L. Y.; Tan, Y. K.; Miao, J.; Chu, H. T.; Li, S. F. Y.
    Green Chemistry, 25, 3137 -3151. (2023)

  • In-situ coating of Fe-TA complex on thin-film composite membranes for improved water permeance in reverse osmosis desalination.
    Zhao, Q.; Zhao, D. L.; Ee, L. Y.; Chung, T. S.; Chen, S. B.
    Desalination, 554, 116515. (2023)


  • Hyperbranched nanocellulose enabling rapid boron removal from aqueous environment.
    Ee, L. Y.; Chia, Y. R. S.; Xue, K.; Chin, S. Y.; Cho, C. A. H.; Tan, X. Y.; Li, S. F. Y.
    Chemical Engineering Journal, 454, 2, 140218. (2023)

  • Facile electrospray fabrication of ultralow biofouling cellulose acetate desalination membrane with nanocellulose/UiO66-NH2 fillers.
    Ee, L. Y.; Tan, R. P. W.; Li, S. F. Y.
    Journal of Membrane Science, 666, 121200. (2023)

  • A review on electrospinning as versatile supports for diverse nanofibers and their applications in environmental sensing. 
    Song, J.; Lin, X.; Ee, L. Y.; Li, S. F. Y.; Huang, M.
    Advanced Fiber Materials, 5, 429 -460. (2023)

  • Application of 1H-NMR and LC-MS-based metabolomic analysis for evaluation of celery preservation methods. 
    Lau, H.; Tan L. H.; Ee, L. Y.; Dayal, H.; Lim, S. Y.; Liu, F.; Li, S. F. Y.
    LWT, 169, 113938. (2022)

  • Research progress in external field intensification of forward osmosis process for water treatment: A critical review.
    Song, J.; Yan, M.; Ye, J.; Zheng, S.; Ee, L. Y.; Wang, Z.; Li, J.; Huang, M.
    Water Research, 222, 118943. (2022)

  • Recent advances in 3D printing of nanocellulose: structure, preparation, and application prospects. (Journal cover)
    Ee, L. Y.; Li, S. F. Y.
    Nanoscale Advances, 5, 1167. (2021)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2022
  • B.Sc. (with Honours), Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2017

Professional Profile

  • May 2023 - Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019 - Present: Co-founder, KleenSoil Environmental Technologies Pte. Ltd., Singapore
  • 2022 - 2023: Research Engineer, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Scientific and Professional Membership

Singapore Water Association (SWA) - Youth, American Chemical Society (ACS), The Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), International Desalination Association (IDA)


2022: Singapore International Water Week Best Student Poster Award (Runner-up) 2022
2021: Singapore International Water Week Best Student Poster Award 2021
2020: Faculty Teaching Assistant (Part-Time) Award AY2018/19
2019: Outstanding Department Part-time Teaching Assistant Award AY2018/2019
2019: National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster Rapid Concept Funding (3D Printed Desalination Device) 2019
2018: National University of Singapore Research Scholarship (Ph.D.)

KAUST Affiliations

PSE - Physical and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Resource recovery membrane sepration Molecularly/Ion-imprinted Polymers Analytical chemistry Electrochemistry