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Welcome to Ling research lab at School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at NTU, Singapore!

The research programs in our laboratory combine chemistry, nanotechnology, and materials science approaches to develop functional nanostructures for novel catalysis, diagnosis and sensing applications. Our research activities involve nanoparticle synthesis, surface chemistry, self-assembly, nanopatterning, nanofabrication, materials and device characterization. We use molecular-specific surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to perform study on the fundamentals and applications of catalysis, sensing, diagnosis and plasmonic studies at real time, within nanometer range of spatial resolution and spectroscopically.

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Xing Yi Ling is a Professor in Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from University of Twente, the Netherlands in 2009, and her postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley between 2009-2011. She joined Chemistry and Biological Chemistry division at Nanyang Technological University in 2011, where she was promoted to professor in 2021. Her research focuses on using nanotechnology for fundamental studies and applications in environmental, healthcare, and catalysis fields. In particular, she is interested in self-assembling shape-controlled noble metal nanoparticles into superlattices to impart new structure-to-function properties and applications in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS).

Post-doc positions available. Please contact:

Xing Yi Ling research group's member

Haoming BAO

Research fellow

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Ling LI

Exchange Research Fellow


Emily TAN

Year 4 PhD student

Xing Yi Ling research group's member

Lam Bang Thanh NGUYEN

Year 3 PhD student

Xing Yi Ling research group's member

Jaslyn Ru Ting CHEN

Year 2 PhD student


Shan Huei LIM

Year 2 PhD student

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Tran Cam TU

Year 1 PhD student

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Guo Kang LEON

Year 1 PhD student

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Minh Gia KIEU

Project officer

News Board

Jun 2024: Wonderful news! Lam's paper has been accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Congrats!
Mar 2024: Great news! Emily's paper has been published in Nature Communications. Congrats!
Mar 2024: Emily was awarded WiEST Development Grant 2024 and Imperial-TUM-NTU Global Fellows Programme 2024, congrats!
Feb 2024: Congratulations to Haoming on his mini review being published in CCS Chemistry.
Feb 2024: Emily 's paper has been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, congrats!
Feb 2024: Emily was awarded Singapore Data Science Consortium (SDSC) Research Dissertation Fellowship 2023, congrats!
Oct 2023: Xing Yi has been appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the ACS Applied Materials portfolio, a family of eight journals focusing on materials, interfaces, and their applications. She will assume the position in Jan 2024.
Sep 2023: We bid farewell to Shi Xuan as she heads to the frigid lands of Canada!
We celebrate her remarkable contributions and wish her continued success as she embarks on her MOE-START fellowship and post-doctoral journey in Toronto.
Sep 2023: Congratulations to Shi Xuan on the acceptance of their work in Angewandte Chemie International Edition!
Jul 2023: Xing Yi gave a talk at Fudan University (复旦大学光华化学论坛
Jun 2023: Congrats to Emily on the GRC poster award!!! 
May 2023: Congrats to Shi Xuan on the SNIC-Prof Lee Soo Ying Young Chemist Award 2023!!! 
Feb 2023: Yong Xiang was awarded Singapore Data Science Consortium (SDSC) Research Dissertation Fellowship 2022, congrats!
Jun 2022: Wonderful news! Lam's paper has been accepted by Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Congrats!
Jan 2022: Our team's work on "Noninvasive and Point-of-Care Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)-Based Breathalyzer for Mass Screening of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) under 5 min" is now published in ACS Nano , congrats TracieX team!
Sep 2021: Shi Xuan won the iFlex Postgrad Award, congrats!
Sep 2021: Yong Xiang won the Best Poster Award at the Chemistry National Meeting 4 (ChnmSG4), congrats!


Recent Publications

Harnessing Cooperative Multivalency in Thioguanine for SERS Differentiation of Polyfunctional Analytes Differing by Single Functional Group
Lam Bang Thanh Nguyen et. al. Angew. Chen. Int. Ed. 2024
Advancing Energy Systems with In-situ and Operando Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Spectroscopy
Haoming Bao et. al. CCS Chemistry. 2024
Forward-Predictive SERS-based Chemical Taxonomy for Untargeted Structural Elucidation of Epimeric Cerebrosides
Emily Tan et. al. Nature Commun. 2024
Creating 3D Nanoparticle Structural Space via Data Augmentation to Bidirectionally Predict Nanoparticle Mixture’s Purity, Size, and Shape from Extinction
Emily Tan et. al. Angew. Chen. Int. Ed. 2024

Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering-Based Surface Chemotaxonomy: Combining Bacteria Extracellular Matrices and Machine Learning for Rapid and Universal Species Identification
Shi Xuan Leong et. al. ACS Nano 2023
Achieving Molecular Recognition of Structural Analogues in Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Inducing Charge and Geometry Complementarity to Mimic Molecular Docking
Shi Xuan Leong et. al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023
Where Nanosensors Meet Machine Learning: Prospects and Challenges in Detecting Disease X
Yong Xiang Leong et al., ACS Nano 2022
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