Dr. Neetu Singh
Assistant Professor

Designation:

Assistant Professor

Specialization:

Separation Processes, Heat Transfer, Modelling and simulation

Email:

neetu.singh@thapar.edu

Phone: 9876019399

Area: Separation Processes, Renewable fuels, CO2 utilization, modelling and simulation

Biography

Dr. Neetu Singh is assistant professor in Chemical Engineering Department of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala Punjab, India. She was appointed to Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology in 2013. Prior, she has worked as faculty member at UIET, CSJM University, Kanpur, UP, India. Neetu Singh has completed her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UP Technical University Lucknow, India, in December 2012. She did her B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from HBTI, Kanpur, UP, India, in June 2002. She has guided 4 master’s thesis and currently, 4 Ph.D. students are working under her guidance in the field of separation processes and wastewater treatment. She has published many peer-reviewed international publications and has 4 book chapters to her credit. Number of citations for her publications stands at 160, according to google scholar.

Research Projects

Project Title Electroreduction of carbon dioxide to ethanol using nanostructured copper based electrocatalysts.

Funded by: Science and Engineering Research Board – Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, India

September 2017

September 2020

Summary

This work is about converting the CO2 (a well known greenhouse gas) selectively into ethanol instead of its capture and geological sequestration. To overcome the problem of use of noble or expensive materials as electrocatalyst, multiple liquid products and low efficiency, this research proposal envisages the development of a Cu-based nanostructured catalyst by electronucleation of Cu nanoparticles from CuSOâ‚„ solution onto the nitrogen enriched carbons. The objective of this project is to develop a novel class of nanostructured copper electroctalaysts for efficient reduction of carbon dioxide to ethanol with high activity, selectivity and durability at ambient temperature and pressure using different electrolytes.

Project Title

Acetonitrile dehydration by using salts/organic compounds

Funded by: Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala Punjab, India.

January 2014

December 2015

Summary

This study is about exploring novel compounds for acetonitrile dehydration. The separation of high purity acetonitrile from its aqueous solution is of particular interest to industrial chemists and process engineers due to its versatile applications. It is an excellent solvent as well as starting material for the synthesis of organic and inorganic chemicals, other than this it also finds applications in liquid chromatography and electrochemistry, as well as in the enhancement of catalytic efficiency of enzymes. Crude acetonitrile typically contains 43.6% water and is obtained as a co-product in the production of acrylnitrile, a nitrile manufactured on a large scale as an important monomer for the production of plastics. Similar to other water-miscible organic solvents, acetonitrile forms a constant boiling mixture (or azeotrope) with water, which prevents the production of pure acetonitrile by conventional distillation methods. It exhibits a minimum boiling azeotrope with water with a mass fraction for acetonitrile near to 0.822 at 76.5 °C temperature and atmospheric pressure. To obtain ACN with a purity of > 82.2 % by mass, is a challenge. The objectives are to get a more suitable and novel compounds which can to replace these traditional solvents to overcome the drawbacks associated with earlier used solvents.

Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies

Life Membership of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) (LM 37257)

Publications and other Research Outputs

(SCI)

  • Neetu Singh and Ram Prasad, 2015. Performance of diffusion distillation column for production of fuel grade ethanol. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Vol. 90,Issue 10, pp. 1847–1854, (Impact factor: 2.504).

  • Neetu Singh and Ram Prasad, 2011. Experimental studies on the effect of inert gases on diffusion distillation of ethanol–water mixtures. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Vol. 86, Issue 12, pp. 1495–1500, (Impact factor: 2.504).

  • Neetu Singh and Ram Prasad, 2011. Fuel grade ethanol by diffusion distillation: an experimental study. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Vol. 86, Issue 5, pp. 724–730, (Impact factor: 2.504).

  • Santosh Kumar, Neetu Singh and Ram Prasad, 2010. Anhydrous Ethanol: A renewable source of energy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol.14, Issue 7, pp. 1830–1844, (Impact factor: 6.577).

  • Neetu Singh and Jai Prakash Kushwaha, 2016. Performance of different inert gases in production of fuel grade ethanol by diffusion distillation. Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering,(Accepted)(Impact factor: 0.576).

  • Poonam Kumari, Jai Prakash Kushwaha, Vikas K. Sangal, Neetu Singh, “Dairy wastewater treatment in continuous stirred tank electrochemical reactor (CSTER): parametric optimization and kinetics”, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, (Accepted), (Impact Factor: 1.008).

(Non-SCI)

  • Neetu Singh and U.C. Sharma, 2016. Coverage of safety and health in conventional education in India. Journal of Innovations in management Engineering & Technology and Biotechnology, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 1–6.

Book Chapters

  • Neetu Singh, U.C. Sharma and Sadhana Sachan, Chapter 1: “Fundamentals of Bio-Nano Imaging”/Nanotechnology Vol. 12: Bio-Imaging/PP 1-25/2014/Studium Press LLC USA / ISBN: 1-62699-012.

  • Neetu Singh, U.C. Sharma, Chapter1: “Introduction to Nano-Biomaterials”/ Nanotechnology Vol. 11: Biomaterials /PP 1-12/2013/Studium Press LLC USA/ ISBN: 1-62699-011-5.

  • U.C. Sharma, Neetu Singh and Sadhana Sachan, 2013, Chapter 1: “Nano Biosensors: Fundamental Concepts and Applications”/Nanotechnology Vol. 10: Recent developments in Bio Technology/ PP 1-31/2013/ Studium Press, LLC USA/ ISBN: 1-62699-09.

  • U.C. Sharma, Neetu Singh, 2015, “Biogreases for Environment Friendly Lubrication” Vol. 6: Environment Series/ Studium Press, LLC USA.

Publications in International Conference Proceedings

  • U.C. Sharma and Neetu Singh, 2015. A Comparative Study of Major Socio-economic Factors for BRICS Countries and United States and Recommendations for Future Energy Mix for India, Proceedings of the International Seminar on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development (RESD 2015), College of Science and Technology, Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan, 15-17 June. pp. 16–30.

  • Rajat Kataria, Neetu Singh and Jai Prakash Kushwaha, 2016. Economic dehydration of isopropyl alcohol by using urea as extracting agent, Proceedings of the International Conference on Energy Materials Nano technology, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 1-4, pp. 21.

Publications in National Conference Proceedings

  • Neetu Singh and U.C. Sharma, 2016. Increased energy efficiency through educating masses, Proceedings of the Global conference on Renewable Energy (GCRE 2016), National Institute of

  • Technology, Patna, India, March 4-6, pp. 16–30.

  • Neetu Singh and U.C. Sharma, 2015. Thermodynamics as Legacy of Sadi Carnot, Proceedings of the National Conference on Futuristics in Mechanical Engineering (FME-2015)M. M. M. University of Technology, Gorakhpur (U.P.), Nov 6-7.

  • U. C. Sharma and Neetu Singh, 2013. Role of Energy in Bridging the Rural–Urban gap in India, Proceedings of the International Conference on global scenario in environment and energy (ICGSEE 2013), MANIT, Bhopal, March 14-16, pp. 15–21.

  • Neetu Singh, Santosh Kumar and Ram Prasad, 2009. Experimental Investigation on Diffusional Distillation for Production of Anhydrous Ethanol, Proceedings of the International Conference on Separation Processes (ICSP 2009), BHU, Varanasi, October 27–29, pp. 443–448.

  • Santosh Kumar, Neetu Singh and Ram Prasad, 2009. Effect of Organic Compounds on Vapor–Liquid Equilibria of Ethanol–Water system for Economically Feasible Anhydrous Ethanol Production, Proceedings of the International Conference on Separation Processes (ICSP 2009), BHU, Varanasi, October 27–29, pp. 449–456.

Awards and Honours

  • Guest Editor of “Environment Science & Engineering Series” Volume 5: Solid Waste Management, published by Studium Press LLC, USA.

  • Won best paper award in CHEMCON 2016.

Description of Research Interests

Dr. Neetu Singh is currently working in the area of enhanced distillation techniques, adsorption, electroreduction of CO2 to useful chemicals and fuels, bio-lubricants and wastewater treatment. She has guided 4 master’s thesis and currently, 4 Ph.D. students are working under her guidance in the field of separation processes and wastewater treatment. She has published many peer-reviewed international publications and has 4 book chapters to her credit. Number of citations for her publications stands at 160, according to google scholar.