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Dr. LIOW Sing Shy

Scientist II




2 Fusionopolis Way. Innovis, #08-03, Singapore 138634

Research Details

    • Polyurethane synthesis
    • Thermogelling polymers
    • Natural polymers
    • Hydrogels
    • Antimicrobial polymers


  • Rheology
  • Polymer characterizations techniques e.g. TGA, DSC, GPC, FTIR, NMR etc.
  • Polymer synthesis (polycondensation, ATRP, RAFT, ROP etc.)


Consumer Care Technologies Programme

01.04.2017 to 31.03.2018       Adaptive Cosmeceutics (Towards 2% delivery)

01.12.2016 to 31.08.2017       Investigation of Natural Polymer Blends as Temperature Responsive Hydrogels for Food Thickening Applications

15.10.2014 to 14.04.2015       Thermogelling Polymers for Personal Care Applications

19.05.2014 to 18.05.2015       Effective Antimicrobial Polymers for Liquid Detergent Formulation

15.11.2013 to 14.11.2016       Polymer Bank for Personal Care Applications


Apr 17 – Now             Scientist II, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (Singapore)

Jul 13 – Mar 17           Scientist I, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (Singapore)

Sep 12 – Jul 13           Research Assistant, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Jan 06 – Jun 06           Intern (Inspection Engineering Department), ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)


    2007    B. Materials Science and Engineering (2ND UPPER CLASS HONS.), NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, SINGAPORE    


    • Nanyang Research Scholarship 2007-2012
    • Best Staff Poster, IMRE Scientific Research Forum 2014
    • Best Staff Poster, IMRE Scientific Research Forum 2015


  1. PYM. Yew, PL Chee, C Owh, KY Zhang, SS Liow, XJ Loh, Quarternized short polyethylenimine show good activity against drug resistant bacteria, Macromol. Mater. Eng., 2017, 1700186. DOI: 10.1002/mame.201700186


  2. CY Wee, SS Liow, Z Li, Y-L Wu, XJ Loh, New poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate] (P3HB4HB) -based thermogels, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2017, 1700196. DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700196


  3. X Wang#, SS Liow#, Q Wu, C Li, C Owh, Z Li, XJ Loh, Y-L Wu, Co-delivery for Paclitaxel and Bcl-2 Conversion Gene by PHB-PDMAEMA Amphiphilic Cationic Copolymer for Effective Drug Resistant Cancer Therapy, Macromol. Bioscience, 2017, 17, DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201700186. (#equal contribution)


  4. SS Liow, H Zhou, S Sugiarto, S Guo, C Madhavi, NK Verma, JW Xu, XJ Loh, Highly efficient supramolecular AIE-active pseudorotaxane luminogen for functional bioimaging, Biomacromolecules, 2017, 18(3), 886-897.


  5. SS Liow, Q Dou, D Kai, S Sugiarto, CYY Yu, RTK Kwok, X Chen, YL Wu, ST Ong, A Kizhakeyil, NK Verma, BZ Tang, XJ Loh, Long-term Real-time in vivo Drug Release Monitoring with AIE Thermogelling Polymer. Small, 2017, 13(7), 1603404. [Featured as back cover]

  6.  BQY Chan#, SJW Heng#, SS Liow, KY Zhang, XJ Loh. Dual-responsive Hybrid Thermoplastic Shape Memory Polyurethane. Materials Chemistry Frontiers. 2017, 1, 767-779. (#equal contribution)
  7.  D Kai, MJ Tan, MP Prabhakaran, BQY Chan, SS Liow, S Ramakrishna, XJ Loh, Biocompatible electrically conductive nanofibers from inorganic-organic shape memory polymers. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 2016, 148, 557-565.

  8.  YL Wu, H Wang, YK Qiu, SS Liow, Z Li, XJ Loh, PHB-based gels as delivery agents of chemotherapeutics for the effective shrinkage of tumors. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 2016, 5 (20), 2679-2685. [Highlighted by]
  9.  SS Liow, AA Karim, XJ Loh, Biodegradable thermogelling polymers for biomedical applications. MRS Bulletin 2016, 41, 07, 557-566.

  10. G Barouti, SS Liow, Q Dou, H Ye, C Orione, SM Guillaume, XJ Loh, New linear and star shape thermogelling poly([R]-3-hydroxybutyrate) copolymers for controlled drug delivery. Chemistry a European Journal, 2016, 22 (30), 10501-10512. [Featured as Hot Paper]

  11. Q Dou, SS Liow, W Weng, XJ Loh, Dual-responsive Reversible Photo/Thermogelling Polymers Exhibiting High Modulus Change. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry. 2016, 54 (18), 2837-2844. [Highlighted by]


  12. SS Liow, Q Dou, D Kai, AA Karim, K Zhang, XJ Loh, Thermogelling Polymers: A Cutting Edge Rheology Modifier. Book Title: Polymers for Personal Care Products and Cosmetics. Chapter: 10. 2016, 178-204.


  13. BQY Chan, SS Liow, XJ Loh, Organic-Inorganic Shape Memory Thermoplastic Polyurethane Based on Polycaprolactone and Polydimethylsiloxane. RSC Adv., 2016, 6 (41), 34946-34954.


  14. L Jiang#, SS Liow# and XJ Loh, Synthesis of a new poly([R]-3-hydroxybutyrate) RAFT Agent. Polym. Chem., 2016, 7 (9), 1693-1700. [Featured as front cover] (#equal contribution)


  15. SS Liow, Q Dou, D Kai, AA Karim, K Zhang, F Xu, XJ Loh, Thermogels: In-situ Gelling Biomaterials. ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2016, 2 (3), 295–316.


  16. D Kai, MP Prabhakaran, BQY Chan, SS Liow, S Ramakrishna, F Xu, XJ Loh, Elastic Poly(ε-caprolactone)-polydimethylsiloxane Copolymer Fibers with Shape Memory Effect for Bone Tissue Engineering. Biomed. Mater. 2016 Feb 2;11(1):015007.


  17. CK Liu, Q Dou, SS Liow, JN Kumar, XJ Loh, Cationic micelles based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes for enhanced gene transfection. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 2016, 69 (4), 363-371.


  18. D Kai, Z Low, SS Liow, A Abdul Karim, H Ye, G Jin, K Li, XJ Loh, Development of lignin supramolecular hydrogels with mechanically responsive and self-healing properties. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2015, 3 (9), 2160–2169.


  19. D Kai, SS Liow, XJ Loh, Biodegradable polymers for electrospinning: Towards biomedical applications. Materials Science and Engineering: C, 2014, 45, 659-670.


  20. Q Dou, SS Liow, E Ye, R Lakshminarayanan, XJ Loh, Biodegradable thermogelling polymers: Working towards clinical applications. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2014, 3 (7), 977-988.


  21. SS Liow, VT Lipik, LK Widjaja, MJM Abadie, Synthesis, characterization and photopolymerization of vinyl ether and acrylate functionalized hybrid oligo-caprolactone. Journal of Polymer Research, 2012, 19, 1-9.


  22. LK Widjaja, JF Kong, S Chattopadhyay, VT Lipik, SS Liow, MJM Abadie, SS Venkatraman, Triblock copolymers of e-caprolactone, trimethylene carbonate, and L-lactide: Effects of using random copolymer as hard-block, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 2012, 6, 80-88.


  23. LK Widjaja, JF Kong, S Chattopadhyay, VT Lipik, SS Liow, MJM Abadie, SS Venkatraman, Triblock copolymers of epsilon-caprolactone, L-lactide, and trimethylene carbonate: Biodegradability and elastomeric behavior, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 2011, 99A, 1, 38-46.


  24. SS Liow, VT Lipik, LK Widjaja, SS Venkatraman, MJM Abadie, Enhancing mechanical properties of thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers with 1,3-trimethylene carbonate, epsilon-caprolactone and L-lactide copolymers via soft segment crystallization, Express Polymer Letters, 2011, 5 (10), 897-910.


  25. VT Lipik, LK Widjaja, SS Liow, MJM Abadie, SS Venkatraman, Effects of transesterification and degradation on properties and structure of polycaprolactone-polylactide copolymers, Polymer Degradation and Stability, 2010, 95 (12), 2596-2602.


  26. VT Lipik, JF Kong, S Chattopadhyay, LK Widjaja, SS Liow, SS Venkatraman, MJM Abadie, Thermoplastic biodegradable elastomers based on ε-caprolactone and l-lactide block co-polymers: A new synthetic approach, Acta Biomaterialia, 2010, 6 (11), 4261-4270.


  27. VT Lipik, LK Widjaja, SS Liow, SS Venkatraman, MJM Abadie, Synthesis of biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers (BTPE) based on ε-caprolactone, Express Polymer Letters, 2010, 4 (1), 32-38.


  28. SS Liow, LK Widjaja, VT Lipik, MJM Abadie, Synthesis, characterization and photopolymerization of vinyl-functionalized poly (ε-caprolactone). Express Polymer Letters, 2009, 3, (3), 159-167.

XJ Loh, SS Liow, The Synthesis of Multiarm Poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) and Its Derivatives. PCT Patent Application No: PCT/SG2016/050080, filed on 16 Feb 2016.

Last updated on : 04 Aug 2017 01:47 PM