Carol Sze Ki Lin | AIChE

Carol Sze Ki Lin

Associate Professor
City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Carol Lin is an Associate 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 ( 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 and Materials 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.

Her recent work on 'Starbucks Biorefinery' strategy for sustainable production of succinic acid has been highlighted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in the 244th meeting in Philadelphia, USA as well as in numerous high profile media venues such as Time Magazine (US Edition), BBC News, CNN and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

Dr. Lin is also editorial board member of several biotechnology and energy related journals. She has published over 110 papers with several scientific manuscripts in top impact factor journals including Chemical Society Reviews, Energy and Environmental Sciences; editor of 2 books, co-authored 13 book chapters and published 3 patents. She gave around 100 oral presentations including 12 key-note and 5 plenary talk in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and USA.

Together with graduate students and colleagues, Dr. Lin has published over 123 research papers and 16 book chapters. She maintains a worldwide professional network through her service as an Associate Editor of the Biochemical Engineering Journal; Special Guest Editor for Green Chemistry, Topics in Current Chemistry, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Bioresource Technology, Journal of Hazardous Materials. Dr. Carol Lin has served as an Invited Professor in Division of Environmental Science and Biotechnology, College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Korea University. She has served as steering committee members of numerous major conferences such as Engineering Sustainable Development 2019 & 2020, organized by the APRU and the Institute for Sustainability of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).