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Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh
Inspire Faculty
School of Materials Science and Technology;
Area of Interest: 
Nanomaterials for Chemical Hydrogen Storage, Metal chalcogenides/dichalcogenide for electrocatalysts, Metal and metal oxide nanocatalysts for organic transformation

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 Department 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 40 papers in peer reviewed international journals and having 2 International Patents.

Citation link:

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 

For Details see the link:

H index 18, Total Citations 1325, Average Citation 32

41. Photoluminescence behaviour of a stimuli responsive Schiff base: Aggregation induced emission and piezochromism
Pranjalee Yadav, Ashish Kumar Singh, Chandan Upadhyay, Vinod P.Singh* 
Dyes & Pigments, 160 (2019) 731-739
40. Facile synthesis of BSCF perovskite oxide as an efficient bifunctional oxygen electrocatalyst
Uday Pratap Azad,‡ Monika Singh,‡ Sourav Ghosh, Ashish Kumar Singh,* Vellaichamy Ganesan, 
Akhilesh Kumar Singh, Rajiv Prakash  (‡ = Equal contribution)
Int. J. Hyd. Energy, 43 (2018) 20671-20679
39. Copper(I) tertiary phosphine xanthate complexes as single source precursors for copper sulfide and their application in the OER
Amita Singh, Manoj Trivedi, Pooja Singh, Gabriele Kociok-Köhn, Uday Pratap Azad, Ashish Kumar Singh* and Abhinav Kumar*
New J. Chem., (2018) DOI: 10.1039/c8nj03992e
38. Study of the Capacitive Behavior of MOF-Derived Nanocarbon Polyhedra
Uday Pratap Azad, Sourav Ghosh, Chandrajeet Verma, Ashish Kumar Singh*, Akhilesh Kumar Singh*, Rajiv Prakash*
Chemistry Select 3 (2018) 6107-6111
37. Syntheses of nickel sulfides from 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane nickel(II)dithiolates and their application in the oxygen evolution reaction
Amita Singh, Reena Yadav, Gabriele Kociok-Köhn, Manoj Trivedi, Uday Pratap Azad, Ashish Kumar Singh*, Abhinav Kumar*
Int. J. Hyd. Energy 43 (2018) 5985-5995
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
Chemistry Select 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. 6 (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 materials
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, electrochemical water splitting, catalysis
 Supramolecular Chemistry        
Self-organization of metal complexes/organic molecules 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 nanoparticles, oxide supported nanoparticles, Metal-organic Framework supported nanoparticles, Immobilization of homogeneous catalyst, Metal Chalcogenides, Single Source Precursors for synthesis of metal chalcogenides.
Application: in organic catalysis, catalytic decomposition of chemical hydrogen storage materials such as ammonia borane, hydrazine, formic acid and hydrazine-borane and other applications
Activation of Small Molecules for Synthesis of Chemical Hydrogen Storage Materials
CO2 activation to synthesize formic acid, Nitrogen activation for Hydrazine Synthesis