Seema Singh

Former Director of Biomass Pretreatment and Process Development and Deputy VP of Deconstruction

Research Focus

Development of efficient, affordable and scalable pretreatment technologies.


  • Mechanistic understanding and optimization of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment
  • Discovery and Screening of new Ionic Liquids
  • Impact of modified feedstocks, densification and blending
  • Improving Ionic Liquid pretreatment process economics

Featured Media

Scientists Harness CO2 to Consolidate Biofuel Production Process


Turning ubiquitous lignin into high-value chemicals


One-Stop Shop for Biofuels


Bionic Liquids from Lignin


New Advance in Biofuel Production


Biofuels Blend Right In


Women in Science@LBL


Seema Singh is a biophysicist and a guest senior scientist with the JBEI Deconstruction Research Division & a director of Biomass Pretreatment. She is a distinguished member of the technical staff in Biomass Science and Conversion Technologies Department at Sandia National laboratories, CA.

Biofuels Blend Right In

Researchers Show Ionic Liquids Effective for Pre-Treating Mixed Blends of Biofuel Feedstocks
(From left) JBEI’s Jian Shi, Seema Singh and Blake Simmons successfully used an ionic liquid to pre-treat mixed blends of biofuel feedstocks, a key to future commercialization. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

A Corny Turn for Biofuels from Switchgrass:

Berkeley Researchers Boost Switchgrass Biofuels Potential by Adding a Maize Gene to Switchgrass
JBEI researchers studying Cg1 switchgrass included (foreground) Seema Singh, (from left) Chenlin Li, Lan Sun, Blake Simmons and Dean Dibble. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab)

Fuels from Biomass: New Technique Can Fast-Track Better Ionic Liquids for Biomass Pre-Treatments


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