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Dr. Raj Singh conducts research in his lab at OSU-Tulsa

Singh recipient of the 2024 OSU-Tulsa President's Outstanding Research Award

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

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Dr. Raj Singh was selected as Oklahoma State University-Tulsa’s 2024 President’s Outstanding Research Award recipient for his research excellence at OSU. He was honored at the spring 2024 commencement on May 13th and will be featured as one of OSU-Tulsa’s faculty honor marshals at the spring 2025 commencement ceremony.

Dr. Raj Singh
Dr. Raj Singh, a College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Regents Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU-Tulsa.

Singh is a Materials Science and Engineering Regents Professor in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

Singh’s current research areas are processing and properties of nanostructured materials and nanotubes/nanorods, materials for fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, nanomaterials for medicine, “Smart”/ferroelectric materials, structural composites and novel thin films. He is recognized for scientific and technological contributions to ceramic matrix composites, diamond thin films, BNNT, electrolyte retainer for molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC), electrolyte for Na-S battery, self-healing glass seals, and electrolyte and electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and ferroelectric materials with large strain capability.

Singh pioneered and developed a novel process of melt infiltration (MI) for fabricating fully dense and net-shape SiC fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). Gas turbine engine manufacturers and users such as GE, UTC, Rolls-Royce, NASA and USAF in the United States as well as worldwide companies in Europe and Japan are pursuing this technology.

“It is difficult to count all of the impacts that Raj’s research has had, but his work in ceramic composites, nanomaterials, solid oxide fuel cells, high energy density batteries, ferroelectric and dielectric ceramic materials put him at the top of both the academic/basic science wing of materials science and he has made significant contributions to commercial applications,” said Dr. Jim Smay, professor and head for the School of Materials Science and Engineering. “His technologies, wrought from a creative and meticulous research, have been adopted in commercial products that are used in vehicles from NASA, Boeing, Airbus and the Japanese and U.S. governments. His depth and breadth of impact is unparalleled on the OSU-Tulsa campus.

“Singh was the founding department head of MSE at OSU-Tulsa and built the department to the point where it now performs over $1 million a year at the Helmerich Research Center.  He has collaborators all over the world and his graduates have carried his legacy throughout academia and industry.”

Among his many accomplishments, Singh was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering and was elected to the rank of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. In 2015, he was recognized with his induction as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors by the Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patent Operations from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Singh received his Sc.D. degree in materials science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked at Argonne National Laboratory, GE-R&D Center and the University of Cincinnati before his appointment at OSU in 2012.

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