Electrons as a Sustainable Reactant

One of the challenges with electricity, especially for intermittent renewable energy sources (solar, wind, etc.), is a lack of efficient and cost-effective methods to convert the electricity to useful or storable products. Our goal in the Singh Lab is to develop processes to store electricity, produce useful products such as transportation fuels or industrially-needed chemicals, and clean up waste streams varying from agricultural to low level nuclear waste. To achieve this goal, our work includes experimental catalysis, electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis, focusing on understanding how to drive reactions efficiently and selectively. To address this goal, we develop new electrocatalyst materials, find links between heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis, and use in situ spectroscopy of catalysts/electrocatalysts under operating conditions to better understand surface chemical reactions. We will also look at ways to design the overall process so that it can be more cost-effective, and to learn how design of new catalysts can impact these processes.

Energy Storage

Energy Storage

We develop electrocatalysts for understanding the kinetics and improving efficiency of flow batteries.
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Screening, Understanding and Improving Electrocatalysts for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries

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Sustainable Fuels & Chemicals

Sustainable Fuels

We test new processes for conversion of waste biomass to fuel grade hydrocarbons.
Image Source- Singh, N; Song, Y; Gutiérez, O Y; Camaioni, D M; Campbell, C T; Lercher, J A; ACS Catalysis 2016, 6 (11), 7466-7470

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Wastewater Remediation

Wastewater Remediation

We develop active and stable electrocatalysts for removing biological poisons from wastewater.

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News (@SinghLab_UMich)

March 6, 2021: Singh Lab went skiing to celebrate Ben's graduation in a socially distanced way!


February 23, 2021: Prof. Singh gave a Virtual Department Seminar on, "Electrocatalysis for Redox Flow Batteries and Renewable Fuels" at University of Kansas Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering.


February 8, 2021: Prof. Singh gave a Virtual Department Seminar on, "Linking adsorption to kinetics for aqueous-phase catalytic fuel production and wastewater remediation" to Oregon State Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering.


February 5, 2021: Danielle and James presented posters at Engineering Research Symposium organized by University of Michigan College of Engineering. Danielle's poster was titled,"Rhodium sulfide (RhxSy) as a halide-resistant nitrate reduction electrocatalyst for wastewater remediation" and James' poster was titled, "Role of water displacement on adsorption and surface reaction in aqueous phase".

Congrats to Danielle for receiving Honorable Mention in the Advanced Session category!


January 25, 2021: Prof. Singh gave an invited talk on "The link between adsorption and kinetics for condensed phase and electrocatalytic fuel production and wastewater remediation" at the Michigan Catalysis Society.


January 14, 2021: Prof. Singh gave an invited virtual talk on "Linking Aqueous-phase Adsorption Thermodynamics to the Kinetics of Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation Reactions" at the Catalysis Theory Center of DTU in their Catalysis Webinar Series. If you missed the talk, check it out here!


January 6, 2021: Zixuan and Danielle's review on electrocatalytic nitrate reduction is published in Catalysis Science & Technology!


December 30, 2020: Singh Lab enjoyed the holidays by doing a virtual escape room. Happy New Year from all of us!


December 26, 2020: Zixuan's work on tuning the electrochemical nitrate reduction activity by PtRu alloying, in collaboration with Goldsmith Lab, is accepted for publication in Journal of Catalysis. Congrats Zixuan!


December 17, 2020: Congrats to Ben for successfully defending his thesis, "Stability and Cyclability Predictions of Redox Active Organic Molecules for Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries". He is the first PhD graduate of the Singh Lab and was co-advised by Prof. Levi Thompson. We wish all the best to Dr. Silcox for his future endeavors.