Sustainable Electrochemical Processes

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
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
Sustainable Fuel and Chemicals
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.
Wastewater Remediation
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.

News (@SinghLab_UMich)

October 20, 2023: We are excited to welcome four new graduate students, Aishee, Sahil, Clare, and Jordana, to our lab!

September 22, 2023: Congratulations Claire on being awarded the People’s Choice Award for the College of Engineering’s 3 minute thesis competition!

August 31, 2023: Congratulations to James Akinola for successfully defending his thesis!

August 4, 2023: We welcome a new postdoctoral researcher Dr. Chayanika Das to the lab. Chayanika will be working on photoelectrochemical water splitting!

July 31, 2023: Congrats Libo on his article in Current Opinions in Electrochemistry, entitled “Challenges and Opportunities in Translating Immobilized Molecular Catalysts from Electrochemical CO2 Reduction from Aqueous-Phase Batch Cells to Gas-Fed Flow Electrolyzers” being accepted!

July 27, 2023: Congrats to Jared and Wendy for passing their Thesis Proposal Exams!

June 26, 2023: Congratulations to Wendy and Ankit (Goldsmith group) for their opinion article “Effects of Ions on Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation and Oxidation of Organics in Aqueous Phase” being accept to Current Opinions in Electrochemistry. Great work!

June 13, 2023: Congrats Libo, Claire, and Kevin (McCrory lab) for their paper “Translating Catalyst-Polymer Composites from Liquid to Gas-fed CO2 Electrolysis: A CoPc-P4VP Case Study” being accepted to ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

May 17, 2023: Congrats to Christina and Jacki for passing their Doctoral Candidacy Exams!

March 6, 2023: Congratulations Harsh on being awarded a ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for his completed thesis in 2022! This award recognizes outstanding dissertations of any field of study at UM.

March 6, 2023: Congrats James on being selected for the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship! This is the most prestigious award the Rackham Graduate school gives for predoctoral students.

October 11, 2022: We are excited to welcome three new graduate students, Jacquelyn, Christina, and Zhiyang, to our lab!

September 8, 2022: Congratulations to Cailin Buchanan for successfully defending her thesis!

September 6, 2022: Congratulations to Danielle Richards for successfully defending her thesis!