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Associate Professor








Ph.D., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO                                   (Dec. 2007)

Dissertation Title: Nanodevices for applications in life sciences and engineering; fabrication and mechanical characterization.

M.S., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO                                      (May 2006)

Thesis Title: The mechanical strength of Aluminum-Spinel interfaces.

B.E., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Govt. College of Engineering Pune (COEP), India                        (Aug. 2003)



August 2015- Present:

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

July 2009- Present:

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

May 2009 - Present:

Visiting Scholar, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, CO 80305

January 2008 - July 2009:

Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061



ME 840: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

ME 533: Machine Design-I

ME 836: Introduction to Fracture Mechanics

ME 512: Dynamics

ME 651: Introduction to Composites



1. L. David, R. Bhandavat, U. Barrera, and G. Singh*. Silicon Oxycarbide Glass-Graphene Composite Paper Electrode for Long-Cycle Lithium-ion Batteries. Nature Communications, 7, Article number: 10998 doi:10.1038/ncomms10998 (2016).

2. L. David, R. Bhandavat (equal contribution), U. Barrera, and G.Singh*. Polymer-Derived Ceramic Functionalized MoS2 Composite Paper as a Stable Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode. Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 9792 doi:10.1038/srep09792 (2015).

3. L. David, S. Bernard, C. Gervais, P. Miele, and G. Singh*. Facile Synthesis and High Rate Capability of Silicon Carbonitride/Boron Nitride Composite with a Sheet-Like Morphology. Journal of Physical Chemistry-C, DOI: 10.1021/jp508075x (2015).

4. L. David, and G. Singh*. Reduced Graphene Oxide Paper Electrode: Opposing Effect of Thermal Annealing on Li and Na Cyclability. Journal of Physical Chemistry C118 (49), 28401–28408 (2014).

5. L. David, D. Asok, and G.Singh*. Synthesis and Extreme Rate Capability of Si–Al–C–N Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Spray-on Coatings as Li-Ion Battery Electrode. ACS-Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/am5052729 (2014).

6. L. David, R. Bhandavat, and G.Singh*. MoS2/Graphene Composite Paper for Sodium-Ion Battery Electrodes. ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn406156b (2014). Also featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine and Materials Today.

7. L. David, A. Feldman, E. Mansfield, J. Lehman & G. Singh*. Evaluating the thermal damage resistance of graphene/carbon nanotube hybrid composite coatings. Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) 4, Article number: 4311 (2014) doi:10.1038/srep04311

8. R. Bhandavat and G. Singh*. Stable and Efficient Li-Ion Battery Anodes Prepared from Polymer-Derived Silicon Oxycarbide–Carbon Nanotube Shell/Core Composites. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, DOI: 10.1021/jp310733b (2013).

9. R. Bhandavat, A. Feldman, C. Cromer, J. Lehman and G. Singh*. Very high laser-damage threshold of polymer-derived Si(B)CN Carbon nanotube composite coatings. ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces, 5 (7), 2354–2359 (2013). Also featured in NIST technical beat.

10. L. David, R. Bhandavat, G. Kulkarni, S. Pahwa, Z. Zhong, and G. Singh*. Synthesis of Graphene Films by Rapid Heating and Quenching at Ambient Pressures and Their Electrochemical Characterization. ACS- Applied Materials and Interfaces 5 (3), 546–552 (2013). Also featured in  R& D magazine.

11. R. Bhandavat, and G. Singh*. Improved Electrochemical Capacity of Precursor-Derived Si(B)CN-Carbon Nanotube Composite as Li-ion Battery Anode. ACS- Applied Materials and Interfaces DOI: 10.1021/am3015795 (2012).

12. R. Bhandavat, L. David and G. Singh*. Synthesis of Surface Functionalized WS2 Nanosheets and Performance as Li-ion Battery Anode. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 3 (11), 1523–1530 (2012). Also featured in  IEEE Spectrum magazine.

13. R. Bhandavat and G. Singh*. Synthesis, Characterization, and High Temperature Stability of Si(B)CN -Coated Carbon Nanotubes Using a Boron-Modified Poly(ureamethylvinyl)Silazane Chemistry. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 95 (5), 1536–1543 (2012).

14. R. Bhandavat, W. Kuhn, E. Mansfield, J. Lehman and G. Singh*. Synthesis of Polymer-Derived Ceramic Si(B)CN-Carbon Nanotube Composite by Microwave-Induced Interfacial Polarization. ACS- Applied Materials and Interfaces 4 (1), 11–16 (2012).

15. G. Singh*, A. Slifka, P. Rice, D. Lauria and R. L. Mahajan. Optical trapping in air of an individual nanotube-sphere device. Applied Physics Express, 5-095001 (2012).

16. R. Bhandavat*, M. Cologna and G. Singh. Polymer-derived ceramic SiOC-CNT paper for use in Li-ion batteries. Nanomaterials and Energy Journal (2012) DOI: 10.1680/nme.11.00008. (Written by graduate student).

17. R. Bhandavat*, Z.J. Pei, and G. Singh. Polymer-derived ceramics as anode material for rechargeable Li-ion batteries: a review. Nanomaterials and Energy Journal Volume 1, Issue 6, 324 –337 (2012). (Written by graduate student).

18. A.J. Slifka, G. Singh*, D.S. Lauria, P. Rice, and R.L. Mahajan. Observations of nanobubble formation on Carbon nanotubes. Applied Physics Express 3 (6) Art: 065103 (2010). Also selected for the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology. (

19. J.H. Lehman*, K.E. Hurst, G. Singh, E. Mansfield, J.D. Perkins, and C.L. Cromer. Core–shell composite of SiCN and multiwalled carbon nanotubes from toluene dispersion. Journal of Materials Science 45:4251–4254 (2010).

20. J. Zhang, J. Ge, M. Shultz, E. Chung, G. Singh, C. Shu, P. Fatouros, S. Henderson, F. Corwin, D. Geohegan, A. Puretzky, C. Rouleau, K. More, C. Rylander, M. Rylander, H. Gibson and H. Dorn*. In Vitro and in Vivo Studies of Single-Walled Carbon Nanohorns with Encapsulated Metallofullerenes and Exohedrally Functionalized Quantum Dots. Nano Letters 10 (8), 2843–2848 (2010).

21. G. Singh*, S. Priya,  M. Hossu, S. R. Shah, S. Grover, Ali R Koymen, and R. L. Mahajan. Synthesis, electrical and magnetic characterization of core-shell carbon nanotube – SiCN nanowires. Materials Letters, Volume 63, Issue 28, Pg 2435-2438: (2009).

22. V. Bedekar, G. Singh*, R.L. Mahajan, and S. Priya. Synthesis and microstructural characterization of Barium Titanate nanoparticles decorated SiCN-MWCNT nanotubes – “nanoNecklace”. Ferroelectrics Letters Section, Volume 36,   Issue, 5-6   Pg 133-140 (2009).

23. G. Singh*, P. Rice, R.L. Mahajan, and J.R. McIntosh. Fabrication and characterization of a CNT based nano-knife. Nanotechnology, 20095701 (2009).

24. M. Karmarkar, G. Singh, S. Shah, R.L. Mahajan, and S. Priya*. Large piezoresistivity phenomenon in SiCN – (La,Sr)MnO3 composites. Applied Physics Letters, 94, 072902 (2009). Also selected for the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology. (

25. J.J. Brown*, J.W. Suk, G. Singh, A.I. Baca, D.A. Dikin, R.S. Ruoff, and V.M. Bright. Microsystem for nanofiber electromechanical measurements, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Volume 155, Issue 1 Pg 1-7 (2009).

26. T. Dennis*, S. Dyer, A. Dienstfrey, G. Singh, and P. Rice. Analyzing quantitative light scattering spectra of phantoms measured with optical coherence tomography. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 13, 024004 (2008). Also selected for the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology. (

27. G. Singh*, P. Rice, and R. L. Mahajan. Fabrication and mechanical characterization of a force sensor based on an individual carbon nanotube. Nanotechnology, 18 475501 (2007). Among most downloaded articles: across all IOP journals only ten percent of articles were accessed over 250 times in the quarter, 2007.

28. G. Singh*, P. Rice, K. Hurst, J.H. Lehman, and R.L. Mahajan. Laser-induced exfoliation of amorphous carbon layer on an individual multiwall carbon nanotube. Applied Physics Letters, 91, 033101 (2007). Also selected for the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology ( and featured in

29. G. Singh, Y. Yu, F. Ernst, and R. Raj*. Shear strength and sliding at a metal–ceramic (aluminum–spinel)  interface at ambient and elevated temperatures. Acta Materialia, 55 (9), 3049-3057 (2007).



1. R. Bhandavat, L. David, U. Barrera and G. Singh. Large-Scale Synthesis of MoS2-Polymer Derived SiCN Composite Nanosheets. Ceramic Transactions (2012).

2. V. Bedekar, G. Singh, R.L. Mahajan and S. Priya. Barium titanate and Cobalt ferrite nano-particles decorated SiCN/MWCNT nanotubes: synthesis and microstructural characterization, Ceramic Transactions (2010).

3. J.J. Brown, J.W. Suk, G. Singh, D.A. Dikin, R.S. Ruoff, and V.M. Bright. Microsystem for electromechanical measurements of carbon nanofiber loading and failure, A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 (2008).

4. G. Singh, P. Rice, JR. McIntosh and R. L. Mahajan. Fabrication and mechanical characterization of carbon nanotube based nanoknives. IMECE2006-14659. ASME Chicago, Illinois USA 2006. Also featured in NIST technical beat.



1. Processing and Properties of Advanced Ceramics and Composites VII: Ceramic Transactions, Volume 252. John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 978-1-119-18387-7

2. Advances in Nanomaterials and Nanostructures: Ceramic Transactions, Volume 229. John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 978-1-1180-6002-5

3. Processing and Properties of Advanced Ceramics and Composites V: Ceramic Transactions, Volume 240, John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-1-118-74409-3

4. Processing and Properties of Advanced Ceramics and Composites VI: Ceramic Transactions, Volume 249, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 978-1-118-99549-5



1. Transitional Metal Dichalcogenides Functionalized With Polymer-Derived Ceramic And Uses Thereof, United States 62/219,545, Filed 2015

2. Silicon-based Polymer-derived Ceramic Composites Comprising h-BN Nanosheets, United States PCT/US2015/039529, Filed July 8, 2015

3. Synthesis and Extreme Rate Capability of Si-Al-C-N Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Spray-on Coatings as Li-ion Battery Electrode, United States 62/022,000, Filed 2014

4. Flexible Composite Electrode High-Rate Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries, United States PCT/US2014/031351, Filed 2013

5. Robust MoS2/Graphene Composite Electrodes For Na+ Battery Applications, United States 61/862,289 Filed 2013

6. Boron-Modified Silazanes for Synthesis of SiBNC Ceramics, United States 61/595,922, Filed February 7, 2012.



1. "Polymer to Ceramic Transformation of Polysilazane Wrapped Nanotubes and their Applications in Energy-Based Devices". TMS, 145th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Nashville, TN, February 2016.

2. "Chemically Modified Graphene/PDC Electrodes For Long-Cycle Lithium-Ion Batteries". 40th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Daytona Beach, FL, January 2016. 

3. “Chemically Modified Graphene-based Composite Paper Electrodes For Long- Cycle Metal-ion Batteries”. Composites at Lake Louise conference, Alberta, Canada, November 2015.

4.   “Flexible Nanostructured Polymer-Derived Ceramic Composite Electrodes for Long-Cycle Li-Ion Batteries”. Materials Science & Technology Conference, Columbus, OH, October 2015.

5. “Flexible Nanostructured Polymer-Derived Ceramic Composite Electrodes for Long-Cycle Li-Ion Batteries”. The 11th Pacific Rim Conference of Ceramic Societies (PACRIM 11) Jeju, South Korea, September 2015. 

6. “Precursor-Derived Ceramic Nanocoatings for Laser Radiometry”. NIST Nanotube Bolometer Workshop, Boulder, CO, July 2015.

7. “Chemically Modified Graphenes (CMG): A Flexible Approach to the Design of Metal-Ion Battery Electrodes”, Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy conference, Jeju Island, South Korea, February 2015. 

8. “Graphene-Based Electrodes for Long-Cycle Metal-Ion Rechargeable Batteries”, Physics Condensed Matter Seminar Series, Kansas State University, February 2015.

9. "Robust Li-Ion Battery Anodes Prepared from Nanostructured Polymer-Derived Ceramics", Nanomaterials for Energy III: Batteries I, 38th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Daytona Beach, FL, January 2014.

10. “Boron Containing PDC Coatings.” Review of the NHSC Program and Future of High Temperature Structural Ceramics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, July 2014. 

11. “Very High Laser-damage Threshold of Polymer-derived Si(B)CN- Carbon Nanotube Composite Coatings”. Nanotechnology for Defense Conference, Tucson, AZ, November 2013.

12. "Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer-Derived Si(B)CN-Carbon Nanotube Nanowires for Applications in Energy Devices", NSF-EPSCoR Kansas Center for Solar Energy Research, September 2011.

13. “Synthesis, Characterization and Testing of Polymer-derived Ceramic Composite Nanowires”, 35th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Daytona Beach, FL, January 2011.

14. “Nanotechnology Solutions For Energy Harvesting”, 4th Annual Energy Harvesting Workshop, Blacksburg, VA, January 2009.

15. “Nanofabrication in the Dual Beam Focused Ion Beam (FIB)”, Nanomaterials Characterization Facility, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, August 2008.

16. “Fabrication and Mechanical Characterization of Individual Carbon Nanotube Based Devices”, Intel Corp.,  Hillsboro, OR, July 2007.



  • Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals: (1) Nature Communications, (2) ACS Nano, (3) Chemistry of Materials, (4) Advanced Energy Materials, (5) Advanced Functional Materials, (6) Small, (7) Nanoscale, (8) Journal of Physical Chemistry-C (JPC), (9) Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (JPCL), (10) ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces, (11) Langmuir,  (12) Journal of Materials Chemistry A, (13)  Journal of Materials Chemistry C, (14) Nature-Scientific Reports, (15) Applied Physics Letters, (16) IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, (17) Polymer Journal,  (18) IEEE Sensors Journal, (19) International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials, (20) Electrochemistry Communications,  (21) Acta Biomaterialia, (22) Acta Materialia, (23) Experimental Mechanics, (24) Nanoscale Research Letters, (25) Journal of the American Ceramic Society, (26) Ceramics International, (27) Electrochimica Acta, (28) The Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, (29) Journal of Microscopy, (30) Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, (31) Materials Research Express, (32) Metrologia, (33) Engineering Science and Technology: an International Journal, (34) Chemical Communications, (35) Journal of the Asian Ceramic Societies, (36) Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (37) Progress in Organic Coatings, (38) Composites Science and Technology, (39) Advanced Science, (40) Nanomaterials, (41) Journal of Carbon Research, (42) Surface and Coatings Technology, (43) Angewandt Chemie International Edition, (44) Applied Spectroscopy, (45) Applied Sciences, (46) Chemical Engineering Journal, (47) Materials (journal), (48) Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, (49) Polymers Open Access journal, (50) Materials Letters, (51) Energy Technology, and (52) Crystals. 
  • Reviewer for peer-reviewed conference proceedings: ASME-IMECE-2009, ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference-2008,  ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference-2012.
  • Memberships: ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), ACerS (American Ceramic Society), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and Sigma Xi.
  • Reviewer and Panelist: NSF-CMMI, NSF-DMR, NSF-CBET, DOE-SBIR, and Canada Foundation for Innovation.


DOCTORAL OPENINGS: I have multiple openings for doctorate students in my group. Please send me a copy of your CV.