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Dr. Shalini Singh


Dr. Shalini Singh is a tenure-track Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick. After 1st class honors in MSc (Chemistry) from DDU University India, she received a research fellowship by Depart. of Sci. and Tech., India to carry research on polymeric membranes and electro-membrane processes in Gujarat India. Following this, she moved to Limerick, Ireland to pursue PhD under the supervision of Prof. Kevin M. Ryan at University of Limerick with INSPIRE structured PhD Programme. In 2016, she received PhD degree for her work on designing multicomponent metal chalcogenide semiconductor nanocrystals using methods of colloidal chemistry. She subsequently joined Ghent University, Belgium to explore the surface chemistry of colloidal nanocrystals systems using solution NMR technique as a toolbox. She was awarded the prestigious FWO (Research Foundation, Flanders Belgium) postdoctoral grant in 2017 to work on designing novel semiconductors for photonic applications in the same group where she is working currently. She has published >20 research articles in high impact journals with average IF ~ 7.4. Her research interest is focused on the development of shape, phase, and compositionally tunable colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals for energy conversion applications along with surface dynamic study and optoelectronic properties tuning of semiconductor nanocrystals. She is currently co-supervising 4 PhD students.

Research Interests

Research interests
1. Material Design – Nanomaterial synthesis via bottom-up and top-down approaches with special interest in functional 2-dimensional nanocrystals and nanocomposites.
2. Surface Chemistry Study – Using NMR (Solution and Solid State), Electron Microscopy and XPS as tool-box to study surface dynamics of nanomaterials.
3. Energy Conversion and storage – Application of nanomaterials in catalysis and battery applications

Teaching Interests

Organic Chemistry

Professional Activities


  • 2017 - FWO Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship
  • 2015 - Irish Lindau Laureate Meeting Grant
  • 2011 - INSPIRE (INSPIRE-Integrated Nanoscience Platform for Ireland) PhD Fellowship
  • 2009 - Department of Science & Technology, India-Junior Research Fellowship


Book Chapter


Recent Advances in High Performance Polymer Electrolyte Membranes
Shalini Singh, V. K. Shahi,
Advances in Materials Science Research. Volume 8 DOI: xx

Peer Reviewed Journal


Boosting the Er3+ 1.5 µm Luminescence in CsPbCl3 Perovskite Nano-crystals for Photonic Devices Operating at Telecommunication Wavelengths
Zeng, Min,Artizzu, Flavia,Liu, Jing,Singh, Shalini,Locardi, Federico,Mara, Dimitrije,Hens, Zeger,Van Deun, Rik
ACS Applied Nano Materials


Near-Edge Ligand Stripping and Robust Radiative Exciton Recombination in CdSe/CdS Core/Crown Nanoplatelets
Leemans, Jari,Singh, Shalini,Li, Chen,Ten Brinck, Stephanie,Bals, Sara,Infante, Ivan,Moreels, Iwan,Hens, Zeger
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters


Charge Carrier Cooling Bottleneck Opens Up Nonexcitonic Gain Mechanisms in Colloidal CdSe Quantum Wells
Tomar, Renu,Kulkarni, Aditya,Chen, Kai,Singh, Shalini,van Thourhout, Dries,Hodgkiss, Justin M.,Siebbeles, Laurens D.A.,Hens, Zeger,Geiregat, Pieter
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C


Thermodynamic Equilibrium between Excitons and Excitonic Molecules Dictates Optical Gain in Colloidal CdSe Quantum Wells
Geiregat, Pieter,Tomar, Renu,Chen, Kai,Singh, Shalini,Hodgkiss, Justin M.,Hens, Zeger
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters


Colloidal CdSe Nanoplatelets, A Model for Surface Chemistry/Optoelectronic Property Relations in Semiconductor Nanocrystals
Singh, Shalini,Tomar, Renu,ten Brinck, Stephanie,De Roo, Jonathan,Geiregat, Pieter,Martins, José C.,Infante, Ivan,Hens, Zeger
Journal of the American Chemical Society


Synthesis of Curved CuIn1–xGax(S1–ySey)2 Nanocrystals and Complete Characterization of Their Diffraction Contrast Effects
Coughlan, Claudia,Guo, Yina,Singh, Shalini,Nakahara, Shohei,Ryan, Kevin M.
Chemistry of Materials


Assembling Ordered Nanorod Superstructures and Their Application as Microcavity Lasers
Liu, Pai,Singh, Shalini,Guo, Yina,Wang, Jian-Jun,Xu, Hongxing,Silien, Christophe,Liu, Ning,Ryan, Kevin M.
Scientific Reports


Heteroaggregation assisted wet synthesis of core–shell silver–silica–cadmium selenide nanowires
Pita, Isabel A.,Singh, Shalini,Silien, Christophe,Ryan, Kevin M.,Liu, Ning


Selective Phase Transformation of Wurtzite Cu2ZnSn(SSe)4 (CZTSSe) Nanocrystals into Zinc-Blende and Kesterite Phases by Solution and Solid State Transformations
Singh, Shalini,Brandon, Michael,Liu, Pai,Laffir, Fathima,Redington, Wynette,Ryan, Kevin M.
Chemistry of Materials


Occurrence of Polytypism in Compound Colloidal Metal Chalcogenide Nanocrystals, Opportunities, and Challenges
Singh, Shalini,Ryan, Kevin M.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters


Colloidal Cu2ZnSn(SSe)4 (CZTSSe) Nanocrystals: Shape and Crystal Phase Control to Form Dots, Arrows, Ellipsoids, and Rods
Singh, Shalini,Liu, Pai,Singh, Ajay,Coughlan, Claudia,Wang, Jianjun,Lusi, Matteo,Ryan, Kevin M.
Chemistry Of Materialschemistry Of Materials DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b01399


Colloidal synthesis of homogeneously alloyed CdSexS1−x nanorods with compositionally tunable photoluminescence
Singh, Shalini and Singh, Ajay and Palaniappan, Kumaranand and Ryan, Kevin M.
Chem. Commun. DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45497E


Colloidal Synthesis of Cu2SnSe3 Tetrapod Nanocrystals
Wang, Jianjun,Singh, Ajay,Liu, Pai,Singh, Shalini,Coughlan, Claudia,Guo, Yina,Ryan, Kevin M
Journal of the American Chemical Society


Compositionally Tunable Photoluminescence Emission in Cu2ZnSn(S1−xSex)4 Nanocrystals
Singh, Ajay and Singh, Shalini and Levcenko, Sergiu and Unold, Thomas and Laffir, Fathima and Ryan, Kevin M.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition DOI: 10.1002/anie.201302867