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.
Image Source- Singh Lab
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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June 7, 2019: Prof. Singh's postdoctoral work on quantifying adsorption of organic molecules on platinum was recently published in the journal ACS Catalysis.


May 31, 2019: Harsh and Prof. Singh gave talks in 235th ECS Meeting held at Dallas, TX.
Harsh's talk was titled "Mechanistic Insights of V2+/V3+ Reaction on Glassy Carbon for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries", while Prof. Singh's talk was
titled "Probing Adsorption on Platinum Group Metals to Understand Fuel Production Via Electrocatalytic Reduction".


May 22, 2019: Congrats to Cailin for passing her Preliminary Examination!


May 15, 2019: Congrats to James for passing his Doctoral Candidacy Examination!


May 8, 2019: Harsh passed his Preliminary Examination. Congrats Harsh!


April 30, 2019: Zixuan passed her Preliminary Examination. Congrats Zixuan!


February 19, 2019: Spencer presented his work with Cailin in Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Symposium on understanding Cerium complexes in different aqueous electrolytes. Congrats Spencer!


February 14, 2019: Prof. Singh gives a seminar at the University of Toledo on "Understanding Electrocatalysis for Flow Batteries and Renewable Fuels".


January 25, 2019: Singh Lab is excited to welcome new Master's student Rita. She will be working on understanding the effect of pH in VRFBs.


October 29, 2018: Prof. Singh delivers talks on "Nitrate Reduction" and "Electrocatalysts for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries" at the AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh.