Faculty Profile

Vijay Singh

Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh
Director, IBRL
Professor
  • Graduate Advising
360 G Agricultural Engr Sciences Bld
1304 W. Pennsylvania
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-9510

Administrative Titles

Affiliation

  • Graduate Advising

Primary Research Area

  • Food and Bioprocess Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1998
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1995
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, G.B. Pant University Urbana Champaign, 1992

Biography

Dr. Vijay Singh is a Distinguished Professor of Bioprocessing in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Director of Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Deputy Director of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation.  His research is on the development of bioprocessing technologies for corn/biomass to ethanol, advanced biofuels, food and industrial products.  Dr. Singh recent research activities are at the nexus of plant biotechnology and bioprocessing and are leading the development of new technologies and renewable products in the industrial biotech space.  In his role at IBRL, Dr. Singh provides leadership in developing industrial partnerships, bioprocess pilot-scale proof-of-concept activities and techno-economic analyses to facilitate commercialization of innovative technologies. 

A fellow of the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACCI), Dr. Singh has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $116 million in research, has authored 170 peer-reviewed journal articles, 16 book chapters, 72 other publications and holds ten patents related to corn processing and biofuels production.  He was recognized with the 2003 Young Faculty Excellence Award from Corn Refiners Association, the 2005 New Holland Young Researcher Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.  The American Association of Cereal Chemists-International recognized him with Young Scientist Award (2007), Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and Applied Research Award (2018).  Dr. Singh has also received College of ACES and College of Engineering Research Awards.  In 2015, Dr. Singh was selected as University Scholar, the highest honor given to a faculty member at the University of Illinois-system wide.  Dr. Singh has served on the Advisory Board of Fulbright Commission, US-Brazil Biofuels Network and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Great Lakes Biomass Research Center, US Department of Energy.  Dr. Singh received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Food and Bioprocess Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Academic Positions

  • Deputy Director of Science & Technology, 2017-Present, Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Biproducts Innovation (CABBI), University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Professor, 2017-Present, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Director, 2016-Present, Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL), Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Faculty Affiliate, 2014-Present, Carl R. Woese Institute of Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Professor, 2013-Present, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Faculty Affiliate, 2013-2017, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Associate Director of Engineering, 2011-2016, Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL), University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Associate Professor, 2007-2013, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Assistant Professor, 2002-2007, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, 1998-2002, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Visiting Scientist, 1998-2002, Eastern Regional Research Center/ARS/USDA, Wyndmoor, PA
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1998, Agricultural Engineering and Biological Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

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Research Interests

  • Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts
  • Novel Corn/Biomass Fractionation Technologies
  • Corn Bioprocessing
  • Process Simulation and Economic Analysis

Research Areas

  • Food and Bioprocess Engineering

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Chen, M., Kim, S.M., Raab, M., Li, X. and Singh. V.  2018.  Heterologous expression of thermoregulated xylanases in switchgrass reduces the amount of exogenous enzyme required for saccharification.  Biomas Bioener. 107:305-310.  
  • Dien, B.S., Mitchell, R.B., Bowman, M.J., Jin, V.L., Quaterman, J., Schmer, M.R., Singh, V. and Slininger.  2018.  Bioconversion of pelletized big bluestem, switchgrass, and low-diversity grass mixtures into sugars and bioethanol.  Front. Ener. Res. (In press). 
  • Kim, S.M., Lee, D.K., Thapa, S., Dien, B.S., Tumbleson, M.E., Rausch, K.D. and Singh, V.  2018.  Cellulosic ethanol potential of feedstocks grown on marginal land.  Trans. ASABE (In press). 
  • Kumar, D., Juneja, A. and Singh, V. 2018.  Fermentation technology to improve productivity in dry grind corn process for bioethanol production.  Fuel Proc. Technol.  173:66-74.  
  • Kumar, D. and Singh, V.  2018.  Improving dry-fractionated corn fermentation by supplementation of corn germ meal and pasta mill feed from agro-food industries.  Cereal Chem. (In press). 
  • Kurambhatti, C.V., Kumar, D., Rausch, K.D., Tumbleson, M.E. and Singh, V.  2018.  Increasing ethanol yield through fiber conversion in corn dry grind process.  Bioresour. Technol. (In press). 
  • Kurambhatti, C.V., Kumar, D., Rausch, K.D., Tumbleson, M.E. and Singh, V.  2018.  Ethanol production from corn fiber separated after liquefaction in dry grind process.  Energies (In press).
  • Ramchandran, D., Hojilla-Evangelista, M.P., Moose, S.P., Rausch, K.D., Tumbleson, M.E. and Singh, V.  2018.  Changes in corn protein during storage and their relationships to dry grind ethanol production.  J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc. 95:923-932.
  • Somavat, P., Kumar. and Singh, V.  2018.  Techno-economic feasibility analysis of blue and purple corn processing for anthocyanin extraction and ethanol production using modified dry grind process.  Ind. Crops Prod. 115:78-87.  
  • Wang, Z., Dien, B.S., Rausch, K.D. and Tumbleson, M.E. 2018. Fermentation of undetoxified sugarcane bagasse hydrolyzates using a two stage hydrothermal and mechanical refining pretreatment. Bioresour. Technol. 261:313-321
  • Wang, Z., Sharma, V., Dien, B. and Singh, V. 2018. High-conversion hydrolysates and corn sweetener production in dry grind corn process. Cereal Chem. 95:302-311.
  • Challa, R.K., Zhang, Y.B., Johnston, D.B., Singh, V., Engeseth, N.J., Tumbleson, M.E. and Rausch, K.D. 2017. Evaporator fouling tendencies of thin stillage and concentrates from the dry grind process. Heat Transfer Eng. 38:743-752.
  • Chen, C., Somavat, P., Singh, V. and Mejia, E.G. 2017. Chemical characterization of proanthocyanidins in purple, blue and red corn coproducts from different milling processes and their anti-inflammatory properties. Ind. Crops Prod. 109:464-475.
  • Huang, H., Moreau, R.A., Powell, M.P., Wang, Z., Kannan, B., Altpeter, F., Grennan, A., Long, S. and Singh, V. 2017. Evaluation of the quantity and composition of sugars and lipid in the juice and bagasse of lipid producing sugarcane. Biotcatal. and Agric. Biotechnol. 10:148-155.
  • Huang, H., Wang, Z., Pan, S.C., Shoup, L.M., Felix, T.L., Perkins, J.B., May, O. and Singh, V. 2017. Fungal pretreatment to improve digestibility of corn stover for animal feed. Trans. ASABE 60:973-979.
  • Juneja, A., Kumar, D. and Singh, V. 2017. Germ soak water as nutrient source to improve fermentation of corn grits from modified corn dry grind process. Bioresour. Bioprocess. 4:38.
  • Kim, S.M., Tumbleson, M.E., Rausch, K.D. and Singh, V. 2017. Impact of disk milling on corn stover pretreated at commercial scale. Bioresour. Technol. 232:297-303.
  • Kumar, D., Long S.P. and Singh, V. 2017. Bio-refinery for combined production of jet fuel and ethanol from lipid-producing sugarcane: A techno-economic evaluation. GBC Bioener. 10:92-107.
  • Li, Q., Somavat, P., Singh. V., Chatham, L. and Meija, E.G. 2017. A comparative study of anthocyanin distribution in purple and blue corn coproducts from three conventional fractionation processes. Food Chem. 231:332-339.
  • Ramchandran, D., Moose, S.P., Low, K., Arp, J. Parsons, C.M. and Singh, V. 2017. Ethanol yields and elevated amino acids in distillers dried grains with solubles from maize grain with higher concentrations of essential amino acids. Ind. Crops and Prod. 103:244-250.
  • Somavat, P., Huang, H., Kumar, S. Garg, M.K., Danao, M.C., Singh, V., Rausch, K.D. and Paulsen, M.R. 2017. Comparison of hermetic storage of wheat with traditional storage methods in India. Appl. Eng. Agric. 33:121-130.
  • Somavat, P., Li, Q., Kumar, D., Mejia, E.G., Liu, W., Rausch, K.D. Juvik, J.A., Tumbleson, M.E and Singh, V. 2017. A new lab scale corn dry milling protocol generating commercial sized flaking grits for quick estimation of coproduct yield and composition. Ind. Crops Prod. 109:92-100.

Invited Lectures

  • New Bioenergy Crops, CABBI, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2018
  • Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), Novozymes North America, Davis, CA, 2018
  • Phil Williams Applied Research Award ￿ Increasing Industrial Use of Corn and Evolving Corn Processing Technology, American Association of Cereal Chemistry Annual Meeting, London, UK, 2018
  • Abundant and cheap carbon for driving industrial biotech innovation, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2018
  • New paradigm in biofuels and biproducts production, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Annual Science Meeting, Lake Geneva, WI, 2018
  • Latest innovations in biomass to biofuels production, 6th International Conference of Biomass Energy, Wuhan, China, 2018

Honors

  • Applied Research Award, American Association of Cereal Chemists International, 2018
  • Fellow, American Association of Cereal Chemists International, 2018
  • Advisory Board, Great Lake Biomass Research Center, US Department of Energy, 2018
  • Best Poster Award, Bioresource Technology for Bioenergy, Bioproducts & Environmental Sustainability, 2018
  • Distinguished Professor of Bioprocessing, University of Illinois, 2016
  • Achievement Award, Bioenergy Society of Singapore, 2016
  • University Scholar, University of Illinois, 2015
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, American Association of Cereal Chemists International, 2013
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2011
  • Ben and Gorgeann Jones Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
  • Advisory Board Member, Fulbright Commission, US-Brazil Biofuels Network, 2008
  • Young Scientist Award, American Association of Cereal Chemists International, 2007
  • Scholar, ACES Academy for Global Engagement, 2007
  • Research Excellence Award, College of ACES, University of Illinois, 2007
  • Participant and Organizer, Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, 2006, 2007
  • Best Paper Award, ADM/Protein & Co￿Products Division, American Oil Chemists Society, 2006
  • New Holland Young Researcher Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2005
  • Innovation Hall of Fame, Office of Technology Management, University of Illinois, 2004
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois, 2003 - 2018
  • Young Faculty Excellence Award, Corn Refiners Association, 2003
  • Best Research Paper Award, CCSE Research Unit, ERRC, ARS, USDA, 2003
  • Outstanding Poster Award, American Association of Cereal Chemists International, 1998