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Singh Dileep

Dileep Singh

Sr. Materials Scientist/Group Leader, Thermal & Structural Materials


Dileep Singh leads the Thermal Management research efforts in Argonne National Laboratory’s Applied Materials division. He and his group investigate innovative technologies for improving the cooling in heavy-duty truck engines and power electronics used in hybrid electric vehicles.  Using multifunctional nanoparticles, he is working on the development of heat transfer fluids with enhanced thermo-physical properties for concentrated solar power (CSP), power plant cooling, and power electronics applications.  In addition, he is involved in the development of high-efficiency thermal energy storage systems for CSP and vehicle systems.

Singh is a co-inventor of the low-temperature phosphate ceramics technology, CeramicreteTM, and has worked extensively in the development of phosphate ceramics for structural, nuclear materials storage, and waste disposal applications. The technology has been licensed by Argonne to several companies for use in commercial and government sector applications.

Early in his career, Singh’s work focused on the mechanical behavior and reliability of structural ceramics and composite materials. He has conducted fundamental and applied research on high-temperature plastic deformation as a joining technique for ceramics. He has applied the plastic deformation process to fabricate ceramic gas oxygen and NOx electrochemical sensors that can operate at high temperatures (>600°C). Applications for these sensors are in the manufacturing and transportation industries.

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  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, 1991
  • M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Wayne State University, 1986
  • Kanpur, B.Tech., Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1983

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Academician, World Academy of Ceramics, 2012
  • Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, 2009
  • ASM-IIM Lectureship Award, 2009
  • R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine for Oxygen Sensor with Internal Reference,” 2005
  • Argonne Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for Development of Ceramicrete Technology, 2001
  • Commendation Certificate from U.S. Department of Energy Secretary, Mr. Bill Richardson, 2000
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Technology Transfer to Industry, 2000
  • Pacesetter Award, Argonne National Lab, 1997
  • R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine for development of CeramicreteTM Binder,” 1996
  • Technical Presentation Awards from Engineering Ceramics Division of ACeRS, 2009 and 1994
  • Chair, Engineering Ceramics Division, American Ceramic Society, 20122013

Publications and Patents

  • More than 150 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, books and proceedings
  • 17 U.S. and international patents
  • D. Singh, J.L. Routbort, J. Spirig, and P. Dutta, An Electronically Conducting Ceramic Electrode Materials and Process for Producing an Air-Tight Seal in Oxygen Sensor with an Internal Reference,” US Patent 8,152,980.
  • D. Singh, A.S. Wagh, L. Perry, and S.-Y. Jeong, Pumpable/Injectable Phosphate Bonded Ceramics,” European Union Patent 99937504.1.
  • J.L. Routbort, D. Singh, P.K. Dutta, R. Ramasamy, J. Spirig, and S. Akbar, Method of Fabrication of a High Temperature Potentiometric Oxygen Sensor,” US Patent 8,057,652.
  • D. Singh, J.L. Roubort, P. Dutta, J.V. Spirig, and J.C. Yang, Compact Electrochemicalbifunctional Nox/O2 Sensors With Internal Reference For High Temperature Applications,” US Patent 8,012,323.
  • J.L. Roubort, D. Singh, K.C. Goretta, and F. Gutierrez-Mora, Joining Of Advanced Materials By Plastic Deformation,” US Patent 7,772,731.
  • K.C. Goretta, D. Singh, B.J. Polzin, T. Cruse, J.J. Picciolo, Method of Fabricating Ceramic Composites,” U. S. Patent 6,403,018.
  • D. Singh, A.S. Wagh, and K. Patel, Polymeric Coating for Immobilizing Soluble Ions in a Phosphate Ceramic Product,” U. S. Patent 6,153,809.
  • D. Singh, A.S. Wagh, and S.-Y. Jeong, Method for Producing Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics and for Stabilizing Contaminants Encapsulating Therein Utilizing Reducing Agents,” U.S. Patent 6,133,498 .
  • D. Singh and A.S. Wagh, Phosphate Bonded Structural Products from High Volume Wastes,” U.S. Patent 5,846,894.
  • A.S. Wagh, D. Singh, and S.-Y. Jeong, Method of Waste Stabilization Using Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics,” U.S. Patent 5,830,815.
  • A.S. Wagh and D. Singh, Method for Stabilizing Low-Level Mixed Wastes at Room Temperature,” U.S. Patent 5,645,518.
  • A.S. Wagh, D. Singh, J.D. Pullockaran, and L. Knox, An Improved Method for Making Concrete,” U.S. Patent 5,624,493.
  • K. Pappacena, D. Singh, O. Ajayi, J.L. Routbort, O. Erilymaz, N.G. Demas, and G. Chen, Residual Stresses, Interfacial Adhesion, and Tribological Properties of MoN/Cu Composite Coatings,” WEAR, 278-279 (2012) 6270.
  • E.V. Timofeeva, D. Singh, and J.L. Routbort, Particle Shape Effects on Thermophysical Properties of Alumina Nanofluids,” J. Appl. Phys. 106, 014304 (2009).
  • D. Singh, E. Timofeeva, W. Yu, J. L. Routbort, D. France, D. S. Smith, and J. M. Lopez-Cepero, An Investigation of Silicon Carbide-Water Nanofluid for Heat Transfer applications,” J. Appl. Phys. 105, 064306 (2009).
  • D.M. Gruen, P. Bruno, R. Arenal, J.L. Routbort, D. Singh, and M. Xie, Thermoelectric Power factors of Nanocarbon ensembles as a Function of Temperature,” J. Appl. Phys. 105, 073710 (2009).
  • G. Chen, D. Singh, O. Erylimaz, J.L. Routbort, B. Larson, and W. Liu, Depth-Resolved Residual Strains in Magnetron Sputtered MoN/Mo Nanocrystalline Films,” Applied Physics Letters 89, 172104 (2006).
  • D. Singh, V.R. Mandalika, S.J. Parulekar, and A.S. Wagh, Magnesium Potassium Phosphate Ceramic for 99Tc Immobilization,” J. Nuclear Materials 348 272282 (2006).
  • J.P. Singh, D. Singh, and M. Sutaria, Ceramic Composites: Roles of Fiber and Interface,” Composites: Part A 30 (1999) 445450.
  • D. Singh, A.S. Wagh, J.C. Cunnane, and J.L. Mayberry, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics for Low-Level Mixed-Waste Stabilization,” J. Environ. Sci. Health, A32 (2), 527541 (1997).

Selected Professional Activities

  • Member of American Ceramic Society, American Society of Materials, and American Association for Advancement of Science
  • Program Chair, International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, 2011
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of the Applied Ceramic Technology, 2008–present
  • Editorial Board, International Materials Review, 2010–present
  • Editorial Board, J. of Engg. Materials and Performance, 2008–present
  • Department of Energy, Mixed Waste Form Review Panel, 19951997