Dr. Sing Shy Liow


School of Materials Science and Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore 639798

email: liow0019@e.ntu.edu.sg


Liow Sing Shy is currently a post-doctoral research fellow/project officer in the department of biomaterials in the School of Materials Science & Engineering, NTU. She has just defended her Ph.D. thesis on April 2013, and will receive her doctorate degree in polymer science from NTU this July. She received a B.Eng. degree in Materials Engineering from NTU. Her overall research direction focused on synthesis of biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers based on polyurethanes (BTPU), understanding their structure-property relationship based on thermal and mechanical analysis, polymer hydrolysis, and polymer toxicity in vitro studies. During her Ph.D. training with Professor Subbu S. Venkatraman and Professor Marc J.M. Abadie, she discovered and characterized novel polyurethane that based on poly (ε-caprolactone) and poly (trimethylene carbonate) copolymers. This work provided potential property tunability for achieving target polymer modulus, elasticity and rate of degradation. Currently, she focuses on electrospinning of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid), synthesis of bioadhesive poly (polyol sebacate) and polymer surface patterning by using photolithography technique.

Research Interests

My research interests are biodegradable polymers synthesis, bioadhesives, surface patterning, thermal and mechanical analysis, polymer degradation and toxicity


[8]L. K. Widjaja et al., "Triblock copolymers of epsilon-caprolactone, trimethylene carbonate, and L-lactide: Effects of using random copolymer as hard-block", JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS, vol. 6, FEB 2012, pp. 80-88. [doi]
[7]S. S. Liow et al., "Synthesis, characterization and photopolymerization of vinyl ether and acrylate functionalized hybrid oligo-caprolactone", JOURNAL OF POLYMER RESEARCH, vol. 19, no. 1, JAN 2012. [doi]
[6]L. K. Widjaja et al., "Triblock copolymers of epsilon-caprolactone, L-lactide, and trimethylene carbonate: Biodegradability and elastomeric behavior", JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS RESEARCH PART A, vol. 99A, no. 1, OCT 2011, pp. 38-46. [doi]
[5]S. S. Liow et al., "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, vol. 5, no. 10, OCT 2011, pp. 897-910. [doi]
[4]V. T. Lipik et al., "Effects of transesterification and degradation on properties and structure of polycaprolactone-polylactide copolymers", POLYMER DEGRADATION AND STABILITY, vol. 95, no. 12, DEC 2010, pp. 2596-2602. [doi]
[3]V. T. Lipik et al., "Thermoplastic biodegradable elastomers based on epsilon-caprolactone and L-lactide block co-polymers: A new synthetic approach", ACTA BIOMATERIALIA, vol. 6, no. 11, NOV 2010, pp. 4261-4270. [doi]
[2]V. T. Lipik et al., "Synthesis of biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers (BTPE) based on epsilon-caprolactone", EXPRESS POLYMER LETTERS, vol. 4, no. 1, JAN 2010, pp. 32-38. [doi]
[1]S. S. Liow et al., "Synthesis, characterization and photopolymerization of vinyl functionalized poly (epsilon-caprolactone)", EXPRESS POLYMER LETTERS, vol. 3, no. 3, MAR 2009, pp. 159-167. [doi]