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)

July 25, 2022: James was selected as a DowBEST Scholar. He will be participating in the BEST symposium in Midland, Michigan. Congrats James!


July 13, 2022: Congratulations to Harsh Agarwal for successfully defending his thesis!


July 5, 2022: We welcome exchange student Gabriel Floriano Costa from the University of Campinas, Brazil to our group! He will be working on nitrate reduction on Cu/Cu2O composites.


June 30, 2022: Our recent work in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Lab on near-quantitative predictions of coordination structures of transition metal ions was accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Check it out here!


May 18, 2022: Congrats to Jared and Wendy for passing their Doctoral Candidacy Exams!


May 11, 2022: Congrats to Claire for passing her Thesis Proposal Exam!


May 2, 2022: We welcome a new postdoctoral researcher Dr. Gyan Sharma to the lab. Gyan will be working on photoelectrochemical water splitting!


April 27, 2022: Congrats to Alyssa (SROP 2021) on 1st place in her group in the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at NC Agricultural and Technical State University! She will be joining us again over the coming summer!


March 21, 2022: Congrats to Harsh for being awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship!