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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
Council for Chemical Research (CCR) and NSF Research Travel AwardArgonne National Laboratory2010
Schering Plough Corporation Research Travel AwardUniversity of Kentucky2006
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
Books Authored


1. B. Singh, A. Kumari, S. Datta, Separations technologies for biobased product formation - opportunities and challenges, in Commercializing biobased products, Royal Society of Chemistry, Communicated, 2015

2. S. Datta, Y. P. Lin, Seth W. Snyder, Current and emerging separations technologies in biorefining, in Advances in biorefineries, Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2014 (



Refereed Journal Papers


1. 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 (Media coverage @
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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. Carbon dioxide capture using resin-wafer electrodeionization, Y. J. Lin, S. W. Snyder, S. Datta, M. Trachtenberg, R. Cowen, U.S. Patent 8506784, 2013
2. Internal gas and liquid distributor for electrodeionization device, Y. J. Lin, S. W. Snyder, M. P. Henry, S. Datta, U.S. Patent application 20130233715, 2013
3. Chemical processing cell with nanostructured membranes, D. Bhattacharyya, S. R. Lewis, S. Datta, U.S. Patent application 20130065287, 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