Dr. Santosh Kumar Singh | Department of Chemistry


Dr. Santosh Kumar
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences (SNS)
Office: A227G
Block-A-Block, Shiv Nadar University
Profile Summary 

Dr. Santosh K. Singh has obtained his Ph.D. in materials and electrochemistry from CSIR-Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune under the supervision of Dr. Sreekumar Kurungot. In his Ph.D. work, he did a focused study on the development of electrocatalytic materials which can be used in the fuel cell, zinc-air battery water electrolyzer, and supercapacitors. Prior to joining Shiv Nadar University, he has carried out post-doctoral research in internationally premier groups and also worked in the R&D sector of an India-based multi-national automotive industry focused on the development of automotive-grade fuel cell stacks. Dr. Santosh is an experienced and knowledgeable researcher who has so far shown a great commitment to multi-disciplinary research. He has extensive experience working with international research teams and international environments (France, Japan, Czech Republic). His determination to succeed in science is evidenced by his impressive CV with more than 30 publications in high-impact international journals (Total citation: 1300+; h-index: 18) spanning various fields in materials science. One of these first author publications is Advanced Materials (Impact Factor 2021 = 30), which has one of the highest impact factors of all the journals dedicated to materials science. Also, he is a recognized reviewer of international journals including ACS Catalysis, Chem. Commun., J. Mater. Chem., RSC Advances, etc. In pursuit of professional success, Dr. Singh received the highly competitive Raman-Charpak Fellowship in 2015 and carried out his research work at the University of Lille, France with Prof. Sabine Szunerits. Dr. Singh has also received the highly competitive and prestigious JSPS postdoctoral research fellowship in 2017 from Japan to carry out his advanced postdoctoral research at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Various materials and coatings producing exceptionally good non-noble metal electrocatalysts reported for electrocatalytic reactions. However, the reasons for the good performance in terms of gas | liquid multiphase and electrocatalytic mechanism are not well understood. Only with better mechanistic understanding can these new materials be fully exploited and used in energy technologies. My future research interest will be to develop electrochemical and spectroscopic tools (in situ or ex situ practical tools based on surface chemical changes without the need for exceptional infrastructure) to better understand multiphase electrocatalysis for energy technologies. Along with the fundamental understanding of the catalytic process, electrochemical energy technology development will be another focused research.

Electrochemical Energy Research Lab Webpage

Educational Qualifications 
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
University of Delhi
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Work Experience 
Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR
I currently work here
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher ,
University of Tsukuba, Japan with Prof. Junji Nakamura
Technical Leader (Materials)-Electrochemistry ,
KPIT Technologies Ltd.,
Visiting Researcher ,
Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), BUT,
Czech Republic
Postdoctoral Researcher ,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), University of Tsukuba, Japan
Raman-Charpak Visiting Research Fellow ,
University of Lille, France
Teaching & Research Interests: 
  • Fundamental electrochemistry
  • High-performance materials designing
  • In-situ electrochemical techniques
  • Fuel cell and water electrolyzer (catalysis and device fabrication)
  • Metal-air and metal-ion batteries
  • Electrochemical ammonia synthesis
  • Flexible batteries and supercapacitor

Ph.D. Positions are available: Highly motivated and hard-working students interested to explore science in the field of Electrochemistry, Materials nanochemistry, and Next-generation electrochemical energy technology are encouraged to apply through the University link: https://applications.snu.edu.in/OnlineAppPG/public/application/register/index

Courses Taught(Selected) 

Received Prestigious JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship-2017.


Received Prestigious Raman–Charpak Fellowship–2015.


CSIR-JRF Award 2012-August (All India Rank- 57th).


CSIR-NET (Lectureship) Award 2011-December (All India Rank- 21st).

Scholarly Activity

Journal Publications (accepted or published)


Santosh K. Singh, Kotaro Takeyasu, Junji Nakamura; Active Sites and Mechanism of ORR Electro-catalysis on Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Materials, Advanced Materials, 2019, 31, 1804297 (DOI: 10.1002/adma.201804297).


Santosh K. Singh, Varchaswal Kashyap, Narugopal Manna, Siddheshwar N. Bhange, Roby Soni, Rabah Boukherroub, Sabine Szunerits, Sreekumar Kurungot; An Efficient and Durable Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalyst Based on CoMn Alloy Oxide Nanoparticles Supported Over N-doped Porous Graphene, ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7, 6700–6710.


Santosh K. Singh, Vishal M Dhavale, Sreekumar Kurungot; Surface-Tuned Co3O4 Nanoparticles Dispersed on Nitrogen-Doped Graphene as an Efficient Cathode Electrocatalyst for Mechanical Rechargeable Zinc-Air Battery Application, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015; 7, 21138-21149.


Santosh K. Singh, Vishal Mahesh Dhavale, Sreekumar Kurungot; Low Surface Energy Plane Exposed Co3O4 Nanocubes Supported on Nitrogen-Doped Graphene as an Electrocatalyst for Efficient Water Oxidation, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 7, 442−451.


Santosh K. Singh, Deepak Kumar, Vishal M. Dhavale, Sourav Pal, Sreekumar Kurungot; Strategic Preparation of Efficient and Durable NiCo Alloy Supported N-Doped Porous Graphene as an Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalyst: A Theoretical and Experimental Investigation, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2016, DOI:10.1002/admi.201600532.


Santosh K. Singh, Vishal M. Dhavale, Rabah Boukherroub, Sreekumar Kurungot, Sabine Szunerits; N-doped Porous Reduced Graphene Oxide as an Efficient Electrode Material for High-Performance Flexible Solid-state Supercapacitor, Applied Materials Today, 2017, 8, 141-149.


Santosh K. Singh*, Kotaro Takeyasu, Bappi Paul, Sachin K. Singh, Junji Nakamura*; CoOx Electro-catalysts Anchored on Nitrogen-doped Carbon Nanotubes for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2021, 5, 820.


Vishal Mahesh Dhavale, Santosh K. Singh*, Nadeema Ayasha, Sachin S Gaikwad, Sreekumar Kurungot; Nanocrystalline Fe-Fe2O3 Particle-Deposited N-doped Graphene as an Activity Modulated Pt-Free Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Nanoscale, 2015; 7, 20117-20125. (* Equal contribution)


Anand Pariyar, Gonela Vijaykumar, Mrinal Bhunia, Suman Kr Dey, Santosh K. Singh, Sreekumar Kurungot, Swadhin K Mandal; Switching Closed-Shell to Open-Shell Phenalenyl: Toward Designing Electroactive Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 5955–5960. (This Work was Highlighted by National and International Press coverage)


Kotaro Takeyasu, Moeko Furukawa, Yuto Shimoyama, Santosh K. Singh, Junji Nakamura; Role of Pyridinic Nitrogen in the Mechanism of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction on Carbon Electrocatalysts, Angewandte Chemie, 2021, 60, 5121-5124.


Shyamapada Nandi, Santosh K. Singh, Dinesh Mullangi, Rajith Illathvalappil, Leena George, Chathakudath P. Vinod, Sreekumar Kurungot, Ramanathan Vaidhyanathan; Low Band Gap Benzimidazole COF Supported Ni3N as Highly Active OER Catalyst, Advanced Energy Materials 2016, 6, 160118.


Plawan Kumar Jha, Santosh K. Singh, Vikash Kumar, Shammi Rana, Sreekumar Kurungot, Nirmalya Ballav; High-Level Supercapacitive Performance of Chemically Reduced Graphene Oxide, Chem, 2017, 3, 846-860.


Varchaswal Kashyap, Santosh K. Singh, Sreekumar Kurungot; Cobalt Ferrite Bearing Nitrogen-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide Layers Spatially Separated with Microporous Carbon as Efficient Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalyst, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8, 20730–20740.


Fereshteh Chekin, Santosh K. Singh, Alina Mihaela Vasilescu, Vishal M. Dhavale, Sreekumar Kurungot, Rabah Boukherroub, Sabine Szunerits; Reduced Graphene Oxide Modified Electrodes For Sensitive Sensing of Gliadin in Food Samples, ACS Sensors, 2016, 1, 1462–1470.

Full list of Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=hTJsjWkAAAAJ