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Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh
Inspire Faculty
School of Materials Science and Technology
Area of Interest: 
Nanomaterials for Chemical Hydrogen Storage, Photo-water splitting, Dye sensitized solar cells, Metal chalcogenides/dichalcogenide electrocatalysts, Metal and metal oxide nanocatalysts for organic reactions

Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh is an assistant professor (INSPIRE Faculty) of School of Material Science and Technology, IIT-BHU. Dr. Singh completed his Ph.D. (Chemistry) in year 2011 and M.Sc.. in 2007 in Chemistry (Inorganic Specialization) from Deparment of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He was JSPS post doctoral fellow at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Osaka, Japan, (2011-2013) and DSK post doctoral fellow at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (2013-2016). He has joined in SMST as DST SERB Fast-Track Young Scientist in March 2016 and later, as Assistant Professor (INSPIRE Faculty) in August 2016. He has published more than 35 papers in peer reviewed international journals and having 2 International Patents.

1.     Qiang Xu, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Ashish Kumar Singh, Method and catalysts for hydrogen generation,
         Japanese Patent 2010-195165 (Application date: Sep., 07, 2011)
2.      Qiang Xu, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Ashish Kumar Singh, Catalyst for generating hydrogen and method for generating hydrogen,
          U.S. Patent, 2013, 20,130,059,217 

36.       Facile synthesis of MoSx and MoSx-rGO composite: Excellent electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction
            Sourav Ghosh, Uday Pratap Azad, Ashish Kumar Singh*, Akhilesh Kumar Singh, Rajiv Prakash
            ChemistrySelect 2 (2017) 11590–11598
35.       1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethanenickel(II) O,O′-dialkyldithiophosphates as Potential Precursors for NickelSulfides 
             Reena Yadav, Ratna Chauhan, Ashish Kumar Singh, Gabriele Kociok-Kohn, Abhinav Kumar, Yogesh Waghadkar, S. B. Rane and Suresh                 W. Gosavi 
             New J. Chem. 41 (2017) 1327-1333
34.       A dihydrazone based “turn–on” fluorescent probe for selective determination of Al3+ ions in aqueous ethanol
            Divya Pratap Singh, Romii Dwivedi, Ashish Kumar Singh, Biplob Koch, Priya Singh  and Vinod Kumar Singh*
            Sens. Actuat. B.. 238 (2017) 128-137
33.       Ferrocenyl chalcones with phenolic and pyridylanchors as potential sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells
            Ratna Chauhan, Reena Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Manoj Trivedi, Gabriele Kociok-Köhn, Abhinav Kumar, Suresh Gosavi and Sunit Rane 
             RSC Adv. (2016) 97664-97675
32.       Hydrogen energy future with formic acid: A renewable chemical hydrogen storage system
             Ashish Kumar Singh,* Suryabhan Singh*  and Abhinav Kumar* (Perspective)
             Catal. Sci. Tech. 6 (2016) 12-40
31.       Highly-dispersed surfactant-free bimetallic Ni-Pt nanoparticles as high-performance catalyst for hydrogen generation from hydrous hydrazine
            Ashish Kumar Singh and Qiang Xu*
            Int. J. Hyd Energy 39 (2014) 9128–9134  
30.       Recent advances in supramolecular and biological aspects of arene ruthenium(II) complexes
             Ashish Kumar Singh, Daya Shankar Pandey*, Qiang Xu* and Pierre Braunstein*
            Coord.Chem. Rev. 270–271 (2014) 31–56 (Invited Review)

29.       Metal-organic framework supported bimetallic Ni-Pt nanoparticles as high-performance catalysts for hydrogen generation from hydrous hydrazine
            Ashish Kumar Singh and Qiang Xu*
            Chemcatchem 5 (2013) 3000-3004
  28.     Dendrimer-encapsulated bimetallic Pt-Ni nanoparticles as highly efficient catalysts for hydrogen generation from chemical hydrogen storage 
            Kengo Aranishi, Ashish Kumar Singh, and Qiang Xu*
             Chemcatchem 5 (2013) 2248–2252
 27.      Synergistic catalysis over bimetallic alloy nanoparticles
            Ashish Kumar Singh and Qiang Xu*
            Chemcatchem 5 (2013) 652–676 (Invited review)
  26.     Synergistic effect of RhNi catalysts on the highly-efficient dehydrogenation of aqueous 
            hydrazine borane for chemical hydrogen storage
            Di-Chang Zhong, Kengo Aranishi, Ashish Kumar Singh, Umit B. Demirci and Qiang Xu*
            Chem. Commun.  48 (2012) 11945-11947 (Back Cover)
  25.     Temperature-induced selectivity enhancement in hydrogen generation from Rh-Ni nanoparticle-catalyzed  decomposition of                                           hydrous hydrazine
             Ashish Kumar Singh, Mahendra Yadav, Kengo Aranishi and Qiang Xu*
            Int. J. Hyd Energy 37 (2012) 18915–18919
24.       Palladium silica nanosphere-catalyzed decomposition of formic acid for chemical hydrogen storage
            Mahendra Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Nobuko Tsumori, Qiang Xu
             J. Mater. Chem. 22 (2012) 19146-19150
23.        Noble-metal-free bimetallic nanoparticle-catalyzed selective hydrogen generation from hydrous hydrazine for chemical hydrogen storage
             Sanjay Kumar Singh, Ashish Kumar Singh, Kengo Aranishi, and Qiang Xu* (‡ = Equal contribution)
              J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (2011) 19638–19641
22.        Bio-catalysts and catalysts based on ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes imparting diphenyl-(2-pyridyl)-phosphine as a co-ligand
             Prashant Kumar, Ashish Kumar Singh, Rampal Pandey, Daya Shankar Pandey*
             J. Organomet Chem 696 (2011) 3454-3464
21.        Fluorescent zinc(II) complex exhibiting “On-Off-On” switching toward Cu2+ and Ag+ ions
             Rampal Pandey, Prashant Kumar, Ashish Kumar Singh, Mohammad Shahid, Pei-zhou Li, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Qiang Xu, Arvind Misra,                   Daya Shankar Pandey*
             Inorg. Chem. 50 (2011) 3189-3197
20.       Synthesis and characterization of ruthenium(II) complexes based on diphenyl-2-pyridylphosphine and their applications in transfer                                hydrogenation of ketones
            Prashant Kumar, Ashish Kumar Singh, Mahendra Yadav, Pei-zhou Li, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Qiang Xu, Daya Shankar Pandey*
            Inorg. Chim. Acta 368 (2011) 124–131
19.        Synthesis and characterization of 3d metal complexes based on 1-(4-Nitrophenyl)-imidazole
             Ashish Kumar Singh, Mahendra Yadav, and Daya Shankar Pandey*
              Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn 84 (2011) 205-210
18.       Heteroleptic half-sandwich Ru(II), Rh(III) and Ir(III) complexes based on 5-ferrocenyl-dipyrromethene
            Mahendra Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Daya Shankar Pandey*
            J. Organomet Chem 696 (2011) 758-763
17.      Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of arene ruthenium compounds based on 2,2’-dipyridylamine and di-2-pyridylbenzylamine and their               applications in catalytic hydrogen transfer of ketones
            Prashant Kumar, Ashish Kumar Singh, Rampal Pandey, Pei-Zhou Li, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Qiang Xu, Daya Shankar Pandey*
            J. Organomet. Chem. 695 (2010) 2205-2212
16.       Synthesis and characterization of Ru(IV) and Rh(I) complexes containing phenyl-imidazole ligands
            Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Ashish Kumar Singh, Mahendra Yadav, Prashant Kumar, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Pei-zhou Li, Qiang Xu, Daya                            Shankar  Pandey*
            J. Organomet. Chem. 695 (2010) 1924-1931
15.        Half-sandwich ruthenium, rhodium and iridium complexes containing dipyridylamine based ligands
            Ashish Kumar Singh, Mahendra Yadav, Rampal Pandey, Prashant Kumar, Daya Shankar Pandey*
            J. Organomet. Chem. 695 (2010) 1932–1939
14.        New ruthenium(II) thiolato complexes: Synthesis, reactivity, spectral, structural and DFT studies
             Sudhakar Dhar Dwivedi, Santosh Kumar Dubey, Ashish Kumar Singh, Krishna Kumar Pandey, Daya Shankar Pandey*
              Inorg. Chim. Acta 363 (2010) 2095–2103
13.        Synthesis and characterization of some novel ruthenium(II) complexes containing thiolate ligands
            Prashant Kumar, Mahendra Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Daya Shankar Pandey *
            J. Organomet Chem 695 (2010) 994–1001
12.        Extended molecular networks based on Zn and Cd imparting N-substituted imidazole
            Ashish Kumar Singh, Mahendra Yadav, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Sailaja Sunkari, Daya Shankar Pandey,*
             Inorg. Chim. Acta 363 (2010) 995–1000
11.        Synthesis and characterization of complexes imparting N-pyridyl bonded meso-pyridyl substituted dipyrromethanes
         Mahendra Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Rampal Pandey, Daya Shankar Pandey *
          J. Organomet Chem 695 (2010) 841–849
10.     Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical studies on some piano-stool ruthenium and rhodium complexes containing substituted phenyl                      imidazole ligands
          Ashish Kumar Singh, Prashant Kumar, Mahendra Yadav, Daya Shankar Pandey*
          J. Organomet. Chem. 695 (2010) 567–573
9.        Synthetic, spectral, structural, and catalytic aspects of some piano-stool complexes containing 2-(2-diphenylphosphanylethyl)pyridine
           Prashant Kumar, Mahendra Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Daya Shankar Pandey*
           Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. (2010) 704–715
8.        Structures, preparation and catalytic activity of ruthenium cyclopentadienyl complexes based on pyridyl-phosphine ligand
           Prashant Kumar, Ashish Kumar Singh, Sanjeev Sharma, Daya Shankar Pandey*
           J. Organomet. Chem. 694 (2009) 3643–3652
7.        Novel structures based on 1-(4-cyanophenyl)-imidazole resulting from weak bonding interactions
           Ashish Kumar Singh, Mahendra Yadav, Prashant Kumar, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Sailaja Sunkari, Daya Shankar Pandey*
           J. Mol. Str. 935 (2009) 1–7
6.         Synthesis, and characterization of ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes containing a-amino acids and its DNA binding behavior
            Prashant Kumar, Ashish Kumar Singh, Jitendra Kumar Saxena, Daya Shankar Pandey*
            J. Organomet. Chem. 694 (2009) 3570–3579
5.         Synthesis and reactivity of homo-bimetallic Rh and Ir complexes containing a N,O-donor Schiff base
            Ashish Kumar Singh, Sudhakar Dhar Dwivedi, Santosh Kumar Dubey, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Sanjeev Sharma, Daya Shankar Pandey,* Ru-              Qiang Zou, Qiang Xu
             J. Organomet. Chem. 694 (2009) 3084–3090
4.         First examples of heteroleptic dipyrrin/η5-pentamethylcyclopentadienyl rhodium /iridium(III) complexes and their catalytic activity
            Mahendra Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Daya Shankar Pandey*
            Organometallics 28 (2009) 4713–4723
 3.        Heteroleptic arene ruthenium complexes based on meso-substituted dipyrrins: Synthesis, structure, reactivity, and electrochemical Studies
            Mahendra Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Biswajit Maiti, Daya Shankar Pandey*
            Inorg. Chem. 48 (2009) 7593–7603
2.         First examples of homo-/heteroleptic bi-/tri-nuclear complexes containing 5-ferrocenyl-dipyrromethene
            Mahendra Yadav, Prashant Kumar, Ashish Kumar Singh, Joan Ribas, Daya Shankar Pandey*
             Dalton Trans. (2009) 9929–9934
1.         Ruthenium complexes containing pyridine-2-carbaldehyde azine as a synthon in the synthesis of bi-/trimetallic complexes
            Sudhakar D. Dwivedi, Ashish K. Singh, Sanjay K. Singh, Sanjeev Sharma, Manish Chandra, Daya S. Pandey*
            Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. (2008) 5666–5673

Educational and work experiences:

  • DST INSPIRE Faculty (August 11, 2016-Continue)

            Developing strategies for efficient hydrogen generation from chemical hydrogen storage materials

         (with Prof. R. Prakash & Dr. A. K. Singh, SMST, IIT(BHU))

  • Dr. D. S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellow (July 15, 2013-February 2016)

           Immobilization of homogeneous chiral catalysts on magnetic nanoparticles for their facile recovery using 
            external magnet
           (Prof. B. R. Jagirdar, IISc, Bangalore)

  • JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow (May 25, 2011-May 24, 2013)

            Study of high-performance liquid-phase chemical hydrogen storage materials

  • Ph.D. (2011)

            Thesis Title: Synthetic, Spectral and structural aspects of some transition metal complexes based on substituted
            pyridyl/imidazolyl ligands
            Inorganic Chemistry (Coordination and Organometallic chemistry)

           Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi(U.P.), India.

  • M.Sc. (2007)                                                             

            Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry Specialization)

            Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi(U.P.), India.

  • B.Sc. (2005)                                                               

            Faculty of Science (PMC group)

            Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi(U.P.), India.

  •       First Position in M. Sc. Chemistry (Inorganic Section) 2007
  •       Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), (All India Rank 73) March 2007.
  •       CSIR-UGC NET-JRF, (Two Times December 2006 and June 2007)
  •       JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Jan 2011)
  •      Dr. D. S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellowship (April 2013)
  •      DST Fast-Track Young Scientist Award (November 2015)


  •            Life member of Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI).
  •            Annual member of chemical Society of Japan, 2012


Metal Oxide composites
Sythesis of mixed metal oxide based pervoskites materials as well as their thin film on various substrates. 
Application: Dielectric material, Magnetic switches/sensors, Electrode materials for fuel cells, catalysis
Organometallic Chemistry        
Half-Sandwich arene-ruthenium, cyclopentadienyl ruthenium/Rhodium/ Iridium complexes, Hydridocarbonyl complexes

Application: As catalyst (assymetric synthesis), As metallo-ligand, in biology, supramolecular assembling.
 Supramolecular Chemistry        
Self-organization of metal complexes through non-covalent interactions has great potential in creating supramolecular        architectures with  well-defined structures and functions. In this context, I have developed a number of coordination building        blocks that are able to form large structural motifs by weak interactions including H-bonding and π-π stacking interactions
 Application: Chemical sensing (ions/molecules), magnetic material (tuning of magnetic property), drug delivery.
Mono- and bimetallic nanoparticle, oxide supported nanoparticles, Metal-organic Framework supported nanoparticles,         synthesis of thin films, Immobilization of homogeneous catalyst.
Application: in organic catalysis, catalytic decomposition of chemical hydrogen storage materials such as ammonia borane, hydrazine, formic acid and hydrazine-borane and other applications
Development of new chemical hydrogen storage materials