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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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.


October 16, 2018: James Anikola joins Singh lab. He will be working on electrocatalytic hydrogenation of bio-oil. Welcome!


September 13, 2018: Singh lab is excited to welcome Zixuan Wang and Benjamin Silcox. Zixuan would be working on Nirate reduction, while Ben will be working on improving electrolytes for non-aqueous based redox flow batteries.


August 23, 2018: Cailin joins Singh Lab. Her work will be focussed on understanding the kinetics of Ce3+/Ce4+ redox couple in Cerium based flow batteries. Welcome!


May 16, 2018: Danielle and Harsh passed the Doctoral Candidacy Examination, 2018. Congrats Danielle and Harsh!


January 1, 2018: Assistant Professor Singh joins the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Michigan Ann Arbor after completing his post-doctoral work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Washington.


October 4, 2017: Singh Lab is excited to welcome it's first set of graduate students: Harsh and Danielle!