CEAT Regents Professor Singh wins medal for innovation and commercialization
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
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Oklahoma State University professor Raj Singh has been selected to receive the American Ceramic Society’s 2023 Rishi Raj Medal for Innovation and Commercialization in Ceramics.
The award was established to recognize a member of the ceramics and glass research community for exceptional discovery or invention(s) that can, or have, led to innovative products and/or processes. Recognition of this achievement will be given at the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Honors and Awards Banquet on Oct. 2, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. ACerS is the world’s largest professional society and global leader in advancing ceramic and glass science, engineering, commerce and the arts.
Dr. Singh is a Regents Professor at OSU, where he also served as the founding head of School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). He obtained his Sc.D. in ceramics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked at Argonne National Laboratory, GE-R&D Center and the University of Cincinnati prior to his current position.
Singh is a world expert on ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) and has demonstrated innate ability to invent new materials and their novel processing. He has made seminal and transformative scientific and technological contributions to the field of CMCs and their applications in jet engines.
He pioneered development of the patented melt-infiltration (MI) process technology for making fully dense, net-shape and damage-tolerant silicon carbide fiber-reinforced CMCs. This game-changing, unique and inherently simple MI process has led to their widespread use and commercialization by GE-Aviation since 2016 and accumulated more than 20 million flight hours in LEAP engines for Airbus, Boeing and COMAC aircrafts. These are world’s first commercial jet engines with CMCs used as structural turbine components for reducing weight, enhancing engine efficiency, offering societal benefits through reduced CO2/NOx emissions and creating multibillion dollar new businesses because of Singh’s pioneering inventions.
Singh is a Fellow member of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Ceramic Society, the ASM International and the Graduate School at Cincinnati. He has received many awards such as most recent Rishi Raj Medal of the ACerS, Regents Professor (OSU), Williams Chair (OSU), Albert Sauveur Award (ASM), GE-Awards of Whitney Gallery of Technical Achievers for MI-CMC Technology, Publications, Bronze-Silver-Gold-Patent Medallions, and distinguished service awards from universities, industry and national laboratory organizations.
He made scientific and technological contributions through 350 research articles; 27 granted patents; and books in the fields of CMCs, diamond films, BNNT, electrolyte retainer for Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell, electrolyte for Na-S battery, self-healing glass seals and electrolyte and electrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, and ferroelectric ceramics displaying large (0.8%) strain.
Singh’s current research interests are in processing and properties of nanomaterials for quantum devices, fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, medicine and smart systems.