Dr. Meenesh R. Singh joins the Department of Chemical Engineering as an Assistant Professor and will be the director of the Materials and Systems Engineering Lab (MaSEL) at UIC. Prior to his appointment at UIC, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis with a joint affiliation to UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Dr. Singh obtained his B.E degree in chemical engineering from Sardar Patel University in 2005, M.Tech degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2008 and Ph.D is chemical engineering from Purdue University in 2013. His doctoral research at Purdue University was under the guidance of Prof. D. Ramkrishna, where he developed novel computational and experimental tools to study shape evolution of crystals. This work was recognized by multiple awards including i) George Klinzing Best PhD Award, ii) AIChE process development division student paper award, iii) AIChE separation division graduate student research award, iv) Purdue outstanding graduate student research award and v) McDonnell Douglas fellowship. After his PhD, he joined UC Berkeley as a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Prof. Rachel A. Segalman (2013-14) and Prof. Alexis T. Bell (2014-16) on artificial photosynthesis. He has designed various artificial photosynthetic systems for water-splitting and CO2 reduction to make renewable fuels. He has published over 20 articles in high impact journals including PNAS and Energy & Environmental Science, and delivered over 35 presentations in the international conferences. He is also a lead guest editor of a special issue in the International Journal of Electrochemistry and a reviewer of many leading journals.
Dr. Singh is leading Materials and Systems Engineering Lab at UIC, where his research group is developing state-of-the-art computational and experimental tools to solve grand challenges of the 21st century – i) develop carbon sequestration methods, ii) manage nitrogen cycle, iii) provide access to clean water and iv) engineer better medicines.