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.
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Understanding hydrogenation of bio-oil in aqueous media.

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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)

November 2, 2021: James' paper on adsorption in the liquid phase, in collaboration with Prof. Charles Campbell, is now out in Journal of Physical Chemistry C!


October 14, 2021: We are excited to welcome two new graduate students, Wendy and Jared, to our lab!


October 11, 2021: Congratulations to Harsh for being awarded the 2021 MCS Student Presentation Award at the 42nd Annual Michigan Catalysis Society Symposium!


October 7, 2021: Danielle's recent work on electrocatalytic nitrate reduction on Rhodium Sulfide with chloride is now out in Catalysis Science & Technology!


September 29, 2021: Zixuan's recent work with Evan on comparing electro- and thermocatalytic conversion of nitrate is out in Catalysis Science & Technology!


August 26, 2021: Our recent work on understanding charge transfer in the presence of halides, in collaboration with Goldsmith Lab, is now out in Chemical Science!


August 23, 2021: We are excited to welcome a new postdoc Libo Yao to our group! He will be co-advised by Prof. Charles McCrory and working on CO2 reduction.


June 24, 2021: Harsh presented his work on flow batteries at Columbia University Environmental Engineering Summer Seminar Series!


June 17, 2021: Harsh is awarded the Rackham Graduate Student Research Award!