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Saurav Datta
Saurav Datta Assistant Professor sdattfbt[at] +91-1332-284795
Areas of Interest
  • Bioseparation: Selective separation of biomolecules using advanced membrane technologies,
  • Biocatalysis: Engineering efficient enzymatic systems for sustainable products and processes,
  • Green and SustainableTechnologies: Synthesis & recovery of renewable fuels & chemicals,
Professional Background
2014PresentAssistant ProfessorIndian Institute of Technology Roorkee
20112013Chemical Engineer (Scientist)Argonne National Laboratory, USA
20082010Postdoctoral FellowArgonne National Laboratory, USA
Honors and Awards
Ramanujan FellowshipIIT Roorkee2015
Schering Plough Corporation Research Travel AwardUniversity of Kentucky2006
Council for Chemical Research (CCR) and NSF Research Travel AwardArgonne National Laboratory2010
North American Membrane Society Research Travel AwardUniversity of Kentucky2005
Educational Details
Ph.D.Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Kentucky2007
M. Tech.Chemical EngineeringIIT Kanpur2002
B.Tech.Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Calcutta2000
B.Sc.Chemistry (Hons.)University of Calcutta1997
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyYear
Engineering efficient enzymatic systems for sustainable products and processesDST2015
Resource recovery from wastewater stream using algaeIC-IMPACTS-DBT2015
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Anju KumariFunctionalized Membranes, Immobilized enzymatic catalysis
Anjlika YadavBio-based chemicals, Molecular biology
Bhanendra SinghBio-based chemicals, Biofuels
Books Authored


  1. G. Ghosh, S. Datta, A. Kumari, Hydrogel-based biosensors: fundamentals and applications, in Nanobiosensors for personalized and onsite biomedical diagnosis, Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2016
  2. B. Singh, A. Kumari, S. Datta, Separations technologies for biobased product formation - opportunities and challenges, in Commercializing biobased products, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015
  3. S. Datta, Y. P. Lin, Seth W. Snyder, Current and emerging separation technologies in biorefining, in Advances in biorefineries, Woodhead Publishing, 2014
Refereed Journal Papers


  1. A. Kumari, S. Datta, Phospholipid bilayer functionalized membrane pores for enhanced efficiency of immobilized glucose oxidase enzyme, J. Mem. Sci., 539 (2017) 43-51
  2. B. Singh, A. Verma, Pooja, P. K. Mandal, S. Datta, A Biotechnological Approach for Degradation of Inhibitory Compounds Present in Lignocellulosic Biomass Hydrolysate Liquor Using Bordetella sp. BTIITR, Chem. Eng. J., 328 (2017) 519-526
  3. S. Datta, Michael P. Henry, Yupo J. Lin, Seth W. Snyder et. al, Electrochemical CO2 capture using resin-wafer electrodeionization (RW-EDI), Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52 (2013), 15177–15186 (
  4. S. Datta, Seth W. Snyder, Akash A. Moradia, Michael P. Henry, Cindy S. Millard, Yupo J. Lin, Removal of acidic impurities from corn stover hydrolysate liquor by resin-wafer electrodeionization (RW-EDI), Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52 (2013), 13777–13784
  5. S. R. Lewis, S Datta, M. Gui, F. E. Huggins, S. Daunert, L. G. Bachas, D. Bhattacharyya, Reactive Nanostructured Membranes for Water Purification, Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA, 108 (2011), 8577-8582
  6. R. N. Gurram, S. Datta, Yupo J. Lin, Seth W. Snyder, and Todd J. Menkhaus, Removal of Enzymatic and Fermentation Inhibitory Compounds from Biomass Slurries for Enhanced Biorefinery Process Efficiencies, Bioresource Technology, 102 (2011), 7850–7859
  7. S. Datta, B. D. Bals, Yupo J. Lin, M. C. Negri, R. Datta, L. Pasieta, Sabeen F. Ahmad, Akash A. Moradia, B. E. Dale, Seth W. Snyder, An Attempt towards Simultaneous Biobased Solvent Based Extraction of Proteins and Enzymatic Saccharification of Cellulosic Materials from Distiller’s Grains and Solubles, Bioresource Technology, 101 (2010), 5444-5448
  8. S. Datta, C. Cecil, D. Bhattacharyya, Functionalized Membranes by Layer-By-Layer Assembly of Polyelectrolytes and In Situ Polymerization of Acrylic Acid for Applications in Enzymatic Catalysis, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. (Centennial Issue), 47 (2008), 4586–4597
  9. S. Datta, Philip D. Ray, A. Nath, D. Bhattacharyya, Selective separation of HIV-Tat protein using functionalized stacked microfiltration membranes: Enhancement of flux and recovery of protein, Separation Science and Technology 42 (2007), 2451-2471
  10. S. Datta, Philip D. Ray, A. Nath, D. Bhattacharyya, Recognition based separation of HIV-Tat protein using avidin-biotin interaction in modified microfiltration membranes, Journal of Membrane Science 280 (2006), 298-310
  11. S. Datta, P. K. Bhattacharya, N. Verma, Removal of aniline from aqueous solution in a MFR using emulsion liquid membrane, Journal of Membrane Science 226 (2003), 185-201



1. Functionalized and reactive membranes developed in Dr. Bhattacharyya’s Laboratory at University of Kentucky is licensed by a California, USA based company for commercialization
2. Resin Wafer based Electrodeionization (RW-EDI) technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory is licensed by Nalco Company (currently Ecolab) ( for future commercialization



  1. Internal gas and liquid distributor for electrodeionization device, Y. J. Lin, S. W. Snyder, M. P. Henry, S. Datta, US Patent 9,339,764, 2016
  2. Chemical processing cell with nanostructured membranes, D. Bhattacharyya, S. R. Lewis, S. Datta, US Patent 9,174,173, 2015
  3. Carbon dioxide capture using resin-wafer electrodeionization, Y. J. Lin, S. W. Snyder, S. Datta, M. Trachtenberg, R. Cowen, U.S. Patent 8506784, 2013
  • PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION 1. Session chair – “Membranes for Bioseparations”, Annual Meeting of AIChE, 2014 (Atlanta) and 2013 (San Francisco) 2. Reviewer of US DOE-SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant 3. Reviewer of various scientific journals, such as Journal of Membrane Science, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, and Biomass and Bioenergy 4. Session co-chair Annual Meeting of AIChE, Minneapolis, USA, 2011 5. Reviewer of Director’s Competitive Grant, US DOE-LDRD 2011 6. President of Chemical and Materials Engineering Graduate Student Association (CMEGSA), University of Kentucky, 2005-2007. Organizing committee member of Regional Graduate Student Symposium, University of Kentucky, 2006