School for Natural Sciences
Centre for Environmental Sciences

Profile of Faculty

Dr. Bhaskar Singh

Assistant Professor
Centre for Environmental Sciences

Post Doc., DUT, Durban,, South Africa
Ph. D. , Applied Chemistry, IIT (BHU), India
M. Phil., Environmental Science & Engg., Pondichery University
M. Sc. , Environmental Science, Jiwaji University, Gwalior

NET (UGC) in Environmental Science 

Cell: +91-8292513945 E-Mail bhaskarsingh53@gmail.com,bhaskar.singh@cuj.ac.in

Area of Specialization   Renewable Energy, Biodiesel, Rain Water Harvesting
Project  

UGC-BSR Research Start-Up-Grant @ Rs. 6.00 lakhs on title ‘Transesterification of biodiesel from Millettia pinnata oil from nano-CaO loaded compounds’

Research Experience   Post Doctoral Fellow
August 15, 2012 – April 30, 2013 Durban University of Technology, Durban 4000, South Africa Research area: Development of biodiesel from microalgal oil
CSIR Research Associate
April, 2011 – August 10, 2012 Department of Applied Chemistry, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005 Research area: Study of corrosion aspects of biodiesel.
CSIR Senior Research Fellow
April 2008- March 2011 Department of Applied Chemistry, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005 Research area: Development of heterogeneous catalysts for synthesis of biodiesel.
UGC Junior Research Fellow
April 2007- March 2008 Department of Applied Chemistry, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005 Research area: Development and characterization of biodiesel.
Life Membership  
  1. Life member of the society “Indian Science Congress Association
  2. Life member of the society “Professor H.S. Srivastava Foundation for Science and societywww.phssfoundation.org.in
Experience of Handling Instruments   UV Vis-Spectrophotometer, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Gas Chromatography, X-Ray Diffractometer
Books/Monographs/Edited Books  
    Editors: Bhaskar Singh, Kuldeep Bauddh, Faizal Bux. 2014.  Name of Edited Book: Algae and Environmental Sustainability. Publisher: Springer (India) Pvt. Ltd. In Press.
Training during M.Sc.   1. At MECON Limited, Ranchi during the period 15.03.2003 to 31.05.2003 on the topic ‘Constraints of Backfilling in Indian Open Cast Mines’ under the supervision of Mr. Manas K Mukhopadhyay, Manager, Environmental Engineering Section, MECON Limited.
2. At Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee during the period 02.08.1999 to 31.01.2000 on the topic ‘Studies on fixation of heavy metal ions in cement based systems’ under the supervision of Dr. A.K. Minocha, Scientist E-II, Environmental Engineering department, CBRI.
Reviewer of the Journals  
  1. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (Elsevier)
  2. Renewable Energy (Elsevier)

  3. Fuel (Elsevier)
  4. Biochemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier)
Book Chapters   1. Prospects of heterogeneous catalysts in biodiesel development. Sharma YC, Singh B, Upadhyay SN. Handbook of Sustainable Energy (Energy Science, Engineering and Technology Series). Editor: W.H. Lee and V.G. Cho. Nova Science. Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 2010. 11788. USA. ISBN:978-1-60876-263-7, Chapter 12, pp: 487-520.
2. Emergence of base catalyst for synthesis of biodiesel. Singh B, Upadhyay SN, Mohan D, Sharma YC. Green Chemistry for Environmental Remediation, Editor: Rashmi Sangha, Vandana Singh. Scrivener Publishing LLC, USA, 2011 ISBN: 9780470943083, Chapter 9, pp: 251-289.
3. Synthesis of biodiesel/bio-oil from microalgae. Singh B, Liu Y, Sharma YC. Biotechnological Applications of Microalgae: Biodiesel and value-added products, Editor: Faizal Bux. CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), USA, 2013 ISBN: ISBN:978-1-4665-1529-1, Chapter 8, pp: 99-112.

Publications  
  1. Abhishek Guldhe, Bhaskar Singh, Ismail Rawat, Faizal Bux. 2015. Advances in synthesis of biodiesel via enzyme catalysis: Novel and sustainable approaches. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 41, 1447–1464. Impact Factor: 5.510
  2. Indra Bahadur, Faizal Bux, Abhishek Guldhe, Kaniki Tumba, Bhaskar Singh, Deresh Ramjugernath, Kandasamy G. Moodley. 2015. Assessment of Potential of Croton Gratissimus Oil for Macro-Scale Production of Biodiesel based on Thermophysical Properties. Energy & Fuels 28 7576-7581. Impact Factor: 2.733
  3. Abhishek Guldhe, Bhaskar Singh, Ismail Rawat, Faizal Bux. 2014. Synthesis of biodiesel from Scenedesmus sp. by microwave and ultrasound assisted in situ transesterification using tungstated zirconia as a solid acid catalyst. Chemical Engineering Research & Design 92, 1503-1511. Impact Factor: 2.281
  4. Devarapaga Madhu, Bhaskar Singh, Yogesh C. Sharma. 2014. Studies on application of fish waste for synthesis of high quality biodiesel. RSC Advances 4, 31462-31468. Impact Factor: 3.708
  5. Yogesh C. Sharma, Bhaskar Singh, Devarapaga Madhu, Zahira Yaakob. 2014. Fast Synthesis of High Quality Biodiesel from ‘Waste Fish Oil’ by Single Step Transesterification. Biofuel Research Journal 3, 78-80
  6. Abhishek Guldhe, Bhaskar Singh, Ismail Rawat, Krishnan Ramluckhan, Faizal Bux. Efficacy of drying and cell disruption techniques on lipid recovery from microalgae for biodiesel production. Fuel 128 (2014) 46-52  Impact Factor: 3.357
  7. S.B. Chavan, R.R. Kumbhar, D. Madhu, B. Singh, Y.C. Sharma. Synthesis of biodiesel from Jatropha curcas oilusing waste eggshell and study of its fuel properties. RSC Advances.  In Press. Impact Factor: 3.708
Book Chapter  
  1. Bhaskar Singh, Abhishek Guldhe, Poonam Singh, Anupama Singh, Ismail Rawat, Faizal Bux. Sustainable production of biofuels from microalgae using a biorefinary approach. Springer India 2015. Edited by G. Kaushik in the Book ‘Applied Environmental Biotechnology: Present Scenario and Future Trends’ DOI 10.1007/978-81-322-2123-4_8

  2. Dipesh Kumar, Bhaskar Singh, Kuldeep Bauddh. Bio-oil and biodiesel as biofuels derived from microalgal oil and their characterization by using instrumental techniques. Edited by: Bhaskar Singh, Kuldeep Bauddh, Faizal Bux. 2014.  Name of Edited Book: Algae and Environmental Sustainability. Publisher: Springer (India) Pvt. Ltd. In Press.

  3. Dipesh Kumar, John Korstad, Bhaskar Singh. Life Cycle Assessment of Algal Biofuels. Edited by: Bhaskar Singh, Kuldeep Bauddh, Faizal Bux. 2014.  Name of Edited Book: Algae and Environmental Sustainability. Publisher: Springer (India) Pvt. Ltd. In Press.

Research and Reviews papers in peer reviewed International Journals   1. Singh B, Guldhe A, Rawat I, Bux F. (2014) Towards a sustainable approach for development of biodiesel from plant and microalgae. Renew Sust Energ Rev. 29 216-245. Elsevier.
2. Singh B, Korstad J, Sharma YC. (2012) A critical review on corrosion of compression ignition (C.I.) engine parts by biodiesel and biodiesel blends and its inhibition. Renew Sust Energ Rev. 16 3401-3408. Elsevier. ISSN: 1364-0321 Cited By in Scopus (4)
3. Sharma YC, Singh B, Agrawal S. (2012) A low cost synthesis of biodiesel at room temperature and purification of by-product- glycerol for reuse. Biomass Conv Bioref. 2 63-71. ISSN: 2190-6815, Springer
4. Nair P, Singh B, Sharma YC, Upadhyay SN. (2012) Synthesis of biodiesel from waste frying oil using calcium oxide derived from Mereterix mereterix as a heterogeneous catalyst. J. Clean. Prod. 29-30 82-90, ISSN: 0959-6526, Elsevier. Cited By in Scopus (4)
5. Singh B, Birla A, Upadhyay SN, Sharma YC (2012) Synthesis of biodiesel using a new heterogenous catalyst, potassium fluoride (KF) supported by hydrotalcite and process optimization by Box–Behnken design. Biomass Conv Bioref. 2 317-325. ISSN: 2190-6815, Springer
6. Agrawal S, Singh B, Frometa AEN, Sharma YC (2012) Commercial- and whitewashing-grade limestone as a heterogeneous catalyst for synthesis of fatty acid methyl esters from used frying oil (UFO). Biomass Conv. Bioref. 2 297-304. ISSN: 2190-6815, Springer
7. Birla A, Singh B, Sharma YC, Upadhyay SN. (2012) Kinetics studies of synthesis of biodiesel from waste frying oil using a heterogeneous catalyst derived from Snail shell Bioresourc Technol. 106 95-100. ISSN: 0960-8524, Elsevier. Cited By in Scopus (7)
8. Sharma YC, Agrawal S, Singh B, Frometa AEN. (2012) Synthesis of economically viable biodiesel from waste frying oils (WFO). The Cana J of Chem Eng. 90 483-488, ISSN: 1939-019X, Wiley Online Library.
9. Agrawal S, Singh B, Sharma YC (2012) Exoskeleton of a mollusk (Pila globosa) as a heterogeneous catalyst for synthesis of biodiesel using used frying oil. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 51 11875-11880, ISSN: 0888-5885, ACS Publications. Cited By in Scopus (2) S
10. harma YC, Singh B, Korstad J. (2011) Latest developments on application of heterogenous basic catalysts for an efficient and eco friendly synthesis of biodiesel: A review Fuel, 90 1309-1324. Elsevier. ISSN: 0016-2361, Cited By in Scopus (37)
11. Sharma YC, Singh B, Korstad J. (2011) Advancements in solid acid catalysts for ecofriendly and economically viable synthesis of biodiesel Biofuel Bioprod Bior 5 69-92. Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. ISSN: 1932-1031, Cited By in Scopus (28)
12. Sharma YC, Singh B, Korstad J. (2011) A critical review of recent methods used for economically viable and eco-friendly development of microalgae as a potential feedstock for synthesis of biodiesel. Green Chemistry 13 2993-3006. Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing. ISSN: 1463-9262 Cited By in Scopus (11)
13. Singh B, Bux F, Sharma YC. (2011) Comparison of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis for synthesis of biodiesel from M. indica oil Chem Ind Chem Eng Q. 17 117-124. ISSN: 1451-9372, KoBSON Cited By in Scopus (1)
14. Sharma YC, Singh B. (2010) An ideal feedstock, kusum (Schleichera triguga) for preparation of biodiesel: Optimization of parameters. Fuel 89 1470-1474. Elsevier. ISSN: 0016-2361, Cited By in Scopus (12)
15. Sharma YC, Singh B, Korstad J. (2010) High yield and conversion of biodiesel from a non-edible feedstock (Pongamia pinnata) J Agr Food Chem. 58 242-247. ACS Publications. ISSN: 0021-8561, Cited By in Scopus (11)
16. Sharma YC, Singh B, Korstad J. (2010) Application of an efficient nonconventional heterogeneous catalyst for biodiesel synthesis from Pongamia pinnata oil Energ Fuel. 24 3223-3231. ACS Publications. ISSN: 0887-0624, Cited By in Scopus (23)
17. Sharma YC, Singh B. (2010) A Hybrid feedstock for a very efficient preparation of biodiesel Fuel Process Technol. 91 1267-1273. ACS Publications. ISSN: 0378-3820, Cited By in Scopus (3)
18. Sharma YC, Singh B. Development of biodiesel: Current scenario (2009) Renew Sust Energ Rev. 13 1646-1651. Elsevier. ISSN: 1364-0321, Cited By in Scopus (103)
19. Sharma YC, Singh B, Uma. (2009) Fast Removal of Malachite Green by Adsorption on Rice Husk Activated Carbon. The Open Environmental Pollution & Toxicology Journal. 1 74-78. Benthamscience. ISSN: 1876-3979
20. Sharma YC, Singh B, Agrawal A, Weng CH. (2008) Removal of Chromium by riverbed sand from water and wastewater: Effect of important parameters. J Hazar Mater. 151 789-793. Elsevier. ISSN: 0304-3894, Cited By in Scopus (17)
21. Sharma YC, Singh B. (2008) Development of biodiesel from karanja, a tree found in rural India. Fuel 87 1740-1742. Elsevier. ISSN: 0016-2361, Cited By in Scopus (74)
22. Sharma YC, Singh B, Upadhyay SN. (2008) Advancements in development and characterization of biodiesel: A review Fuel 87 2355-2373. Elsevier. ISSN: 0016-2361, Cited By in Scopus (308)
23. Response to the comments on ‘‘Advancements in development and characterization of biodiesel: A review”. Sharma YC, Singh B, Upadhyay SN. Fuel 2008;87:2355–73 by Clifford Jones. Fuel 88 768-769. 2009 Impact Factor 2.536. ISSN: 0016-2361, Cited By in Scopus (2)

Papers in Seminar and Conferences  
  1. National Conference on “Frontiers in Algology and Algal Biotechnology” (NCFAAB) Oral presentation on ‘Production of biodiesel from Chlorella vulgaris lipids using a solid acid catalyst’ held at Visva-Bharati (A Central University), Santiniketan during November 15-17, 2013. Article title “Production of biodiesel from Chlorella vulgaris lipids using a solid acid catalyst”. Authors: A. Guldhe, B. Singh, I. Rawat, F. Bux.
  2. National Seminar on “Encroachment of Water Bodies – Challenge & Remedies” organized by ‘Society for Environment & Social Awareness, Daltonganj, Jharkhand held at Ranchi, Jharkhand during March 8-9, 2014. Article titles & Authors:
    a)“A need of Quality enhancement of surface water bodies for rural people”. Authors: Sakshi Sri, Ranjeeta Besra, Khusboo Suman, Kuldeep Bauddh, Bhaskar Singh.b)“Conservation of water bodies by pollution prevention and management”. Authors: Priya Mukherjee, Sachin Kumar, Sushil Kumar Shukla, Kuldeep Bauddh, Bhaskar Singh, Sunil Kumar Jha.
    c)Socio-economic and ecological importance of wetland. Sayantee Roy, Pravin Kumar, Sushil Kumar Shukla, Bhaskar Singh, Kuldeep Bauddh, Sunil Joshi.
  3. International Conference on “Recent Advances in Analytical Science” (RAAS-2014) Poster presentation on ‘Characterization of CaO used as a heterogeneous catalyst for synthesis of biodiesel’ held at Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi during March 27-29, 2014. Article title “Characterization of CaO used as a heterogeneous catalyst for synthesis of biodiesel”. Authors: Bhaskar Singh, Y.C. Sharma.
  4. Application of riverbed sediments for the removal of chromium. Sharma YC, Singh B, Upadhyay SN, Mahato M. Proc: International Conference on Environmental Management: Scenario and Strategies to 2020, 2007, Ujjain Engineering College, Ujjain. (Full Paper published in Proceeding).
  5. An Indigenous Feedstock Kusum (S. Oleosa), for the Development of Biodiesel. Sharma YC, Singh B, Upadhyay SN. Proc: International Conference on Biodiversity, Environment and Sustainability: Challenges for future, 2008, Delhi University, Delhi. (Abstract published in Proceeding).
  6. Study of fuel properties of biodiesel derived from used frying oil using hydrotalcite supported on KF as heterogeneous catalyst. Singh B, Birla A, Sharma YC, Upadhyay SN. International Conference on Recent Advancement in Chemical Engineering and Technology. Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. 10-12th March, 2011, Kochi, India. (Abstract published in Proceeding).
  7. Ocean foam as a source of heterogeneous catalyst for biodiesel synthesis. Birla A, Singh B, Sharma YC, Upadhyay SN. International Conference on Recent Advancement in Chemical Engineering and Technology. Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. 10-12th March, 2011, Kochi, India. (Abstract published in Proceeding).
  8. Comparison of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic methods for biodiesel synthesis from Chlorella vulgaris Authors: Guldhe A, Singh B, Mutanda T, Permaul K, Rawat I, Bux F. 3rd international conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuel and Bioproducts conference Toronto, Canada, June 2013.
  9. Efficacy of drying and cell disruption techniques on lipid recovery from microalgae for biodiesel production Guldhe A, Singh B, Rawat I, Ramluckan K, Bux F. International conference on Applied Energy, Pretoria, South Africa, July 2013
  10. Roof top rainwater harvesting for artificial recharge to groundwater: an urgent need of present century. Singh PK, Singh B, Tiwary BK. Proc: National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management, 2006, Institution of Engineers, Nagpur. (Full Paper published in Proceeding).
  11. E-Waste: Management Scenario in India. Sharma YC, Singh B. Proc: National Conference on Recent Advances in Waste Management, 2009, Department of Chemical Engineering, IT-BHU, Varanasi. (Full Paper published in Proceeding).
  12. Development of biodiesel using KF supported on hydrotalcite as heterogeneous catalyst. Singh B, Birla A, Sharma YC. National Conference on “Recent Development in Material Science”, 2011, Feroze Gandhi College, Rae Bareli. 11-12th Feb, 2011, Rae Bareli. ISBN: 978-81-89131-51-7. (Full Paper published in Proceeding).
  13. Calcined Snail shell as a Heterogeneous Catalyst for Synthesis of Biodiesel from Waste Frying Oil. Birla A, Singh B, Sharma YC. National conference on “Recent Development in Material Science”, 2011, Feroz Gandhi College Rae Bareli. 11-12th Feb, 2011, Rae Bareli. ISBN: 978-81-89131-51-7. (Full Paper published in Proceeding).
  14. Synthesis of biodiesel from waste fish oil. Madhu D, Senger D, Singh A, Sharma A, Ravi K, Jain R, Singh B, Sharma YC. National Seminar on Environmental Concerns and Sustainable Development: Issues and Challenges for India. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. 2-4 March 2012.
  15. Production of biodiesel from Chlorella vulgaris lipids using a solid acid catalyst. Guldhe A, Singh B, Rawat I, Bux F. National Conference on “Frontiers in Algology and Algal Biotechnology”, Visva-Bharati (A Central University), Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. 15-17 November 2013.
  16. Anhydrous FeCl3 loaded on zirconia tetrahydroxide as a novel solid acid catalyst for the synthesis of biodiesel. Singh B, Devarapaga M, Sharma YC. International Conference on Green Chemistry (ICGC), 2011. (Abstract published in Proceeding). Central University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
  17. Microalgae as an emerging source of feedstock for the production of biodiesel. Singh B, Madhu D, Sharma YC. National Seminar on Environmental Concerns and Sustainable Development: Issues and Challenges for India. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. 2-4 March 2012.
Seminar and Conferences Attended   Workshops attended
1. 72nd BRNS-IANCAS National workshop on Radiochemistry and Application of Radioisotopes. Sponsored by BRNS and Department of Applied Chemistry, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi & Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists (IANCAS) during February 15-23, 2010.
2. Workshop on Academic writing for Research Scholars held on 6th-10th June 2007 at Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
Short term course and Training Programme
1. Attended the LATEX Training Programme organized by D.S.T.- Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences (CIMS), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi held from February 13-18, 2012.
2. Participated in the Short term course on Remote Sensing and GIS organized by Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi held from March 16-18, 2012.
Conferences attended
1. Recent Advances in Civil Engineering held on 14-16th October, 2011 at Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
2. Emerging Paradigms in Biochemical Engineering held on 09th-10th October, 2009 at School of Biochemical Engineering, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
3. 3rd Indian Environment Congress held on 16-18th December, 2004 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.