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Sobhit Singh

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

PhD, West Virginia University, 2018



After completing his bachelor’s (2011) and master’s (2013) degrees in India, Professor Sobhit Singh earned his PhD in Physics from West Virginia University in 2018 with the prestigious Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship awarded by the West Virginia University Foundation. Subsequently, he spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University before joining the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester in 2022.


Research Overview

Professor Singh’s research focuses on the theoretical investigation of novel quantum materials with the aim of unveiling the structure-property relationships in materials and thus, predict & design novel materials for practical applications. His research group’s activities revolve around polar metals, novel ferroelectrics, topological quantum materials, magnetism, superconductors, and 2D materials including superlattices and heterostructures. Professor Singh has an abiding interest in collaborating with experimentalists to comprehend intriguing experimental observations in materials. His research has been featured in popular research blogs and media, such as Newswise (The U.S. Department of Energy Science News Source), EurekAlert! (by the American Association for the Advancement of Science), StorageNewsletter, AZoM, Sciencenewsnet, West Virginia Press, WVU Today,, and Nature Materials’ News and Views.


Representative Publications

* Corresponding author(s)

  1. Sobhit Singh*, Aldo H. Romero*, José D. Mella, Vitalie Eremeev, Enrique Muñoz, Anastassia N. Alexandrova, Karin M. Rabe, David Vanderbilt, and Francisco Muñoz*, "High-temperature phonon-mediated superconductivity in monolayer Mg2B4C2," npj Quantum Materials 7, 37 (2022). (Theory)
  2. Shiyu Fan#, Sobhit Singh#, Xianghan Xu, Kiman Park, Yubo Qi, Sang-Wook Cheong, David Vanderbilt, Karin M. Rabe*, and Janice L. Musfeldt*, "Vibrational fingerprints of ferroelectric HfO2," npj Quantum Materials 7, 32 (2022). (Experiment + Theory)  #Co-first authors 
  3. Sobhit Singh*, Logan Lang, Viviana Dovale-Farelo, Uthpala Herath, Pedram Tavadze, François-Xavier Coudert, and Aldo H. Romero*, "MechElastic: A Python library for analysis of mechanical and elastic properties of bulk and 2D materials," Computer Physics Communications 267, 108068 (2021). (Computer Program in Physics)
  4. Xiaoran Liu*, Sobhit Singh, Victor Drouin-Touchette, T. Asaba, Jess H. Brewer, Qinghua Zhang, Yanwei Cao, B. Pal, S. Middey, P. S. Anil Kumar, M. Kareev, Lin Gu, D. D. Sarma, P. Shafer, E. Arenholz, J. W. Freeland, Lu Li, David Vanderbilt, and Jak Chakhalian, "Proximate Quantum Spin Liquid on Designer Lattice," Nano Letters 21, 5, 2010-2017 (2021). (Experiment + Theory)
  5. Xianghan Xu, Fei-Ting Huang, Yubo Qi, Sobhit Singh, Karin M. Rabe, Dimuthu Obeysekera, Junjie Yang, Ming-Wen Chu, and Sang-Wook Cheong*, "Kinetically-stabilized Ferroelectricity in Bulk Singlecrystalline HfO2:Y without Wake-up Effects," Nature Materials 20, 826-832 (2021). Highlighted on NEWS & VIEWS (Experiment + Theory)
  6. Yubo Qi, Sobhit Singh, Claudia Lau, Fei-Ting Huang, Xianghan Xu, Frederick J. Walker, Charles H. Ahn, Sang-Wook Cheong, and Karin M. Rabe, "Stabilization of competing ferroelectric phases of HfO2 under epitaxial strain," Physical Review Letters 125, 257603 (2020). (Theory)
  7. Sobhit Singh*, Jinwoong Kim, Karin M. Rabe, and David Vanderbilt, "Engineering Weyl phases and nonlinear Hall effects in Td-MoTe2," Physical Review Letters 125, 046402 (2020). Appeared on the PRL Cover (Theory)
  8. Sobhit Singh*, QuanSheng Wu, Changming Yue, Aldo H. Romero, and Alexey Soluyanov*, "Topological phonons and thermoelectricity in triple-point metals," Physical Review Materials 2, 114204 (2018). Highlighted as Editors’ Suggestion (Theory)
  9. Sobhit Singh* and Aldo H. Romero*, "Giant tunable Rashba spin splitting in two-dimensional BiSb monolayer and BiSb/AlN heterostructures," Physical Review B 95, 165444 (2017). (Theory)

Research Interests

  • Novel quantum materials (bulk and 2D)
  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Density-functional theory
  • Polar metals
  • Ferroelectrics
  • Magnetism
  • Superconductivity
  • Topological phases of quantum matter