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Prof. Basu Saha

Visiting Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering

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Professor Basu Saha is a Visiting Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering at London South Bank University (LSBU) after being appointed as a Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering at LSBU in 2010. He was Head of Centre for Energy and the Environment Research in the School of Engineering at LSBU. He was Founding Director of Centre for Green Process Engineering at LSBU. Prior to joining LSBU, he worked in the Chemical Engineering department of Loughborough University as a Post-doctoral Research Associate, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Chemical Engineering for about 14 years. He was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment with Syngenta Ltd in Huddersfield, UK to study the kinetics and chemical reaction engineering aspects for the industrially practised catalytic processes. He has been working in the UK academia for about 24 years. He is recognised as a leading expert in his field and has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in the University of Barcelona, Spain; Saga University, Japan and University of Burgos, Spain. He acts as an External Examiner for the Chemical Engineering UG and Masters courses at both University of Hull and Canterbury Christ Church University.

He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of The Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is an Editorial Board Member of Green Processing and Synthesis Journal, Energies, and Reactions Journals; Advisory Board Member of Reaction Chemistry and Engineering Journal (RSC) and an Associate Editor of Sustainable Chemical Process Design Journal (specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainability).

Career history

  • Visiting Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering: London South Bank University (October 2020 - present)
  • External Examiner for Chemical Engineering UG and Masters Courses: University of Hull (2020 – present)
  • External Examiner for Chemical Engineering UG and Masters Courses: Canterbury Christ Church University (2019 – present)
  • Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering: London South Bank University (September 2010 – September 2020)
  • Head of Centre for Energy and Environment Research: School of Engineering, London South Bank University (2017 - 2019)
  • Head of Energy and Environment Research Group: School of Engineering, London South Bank University (2015 - 2017)
  • Founding Director, Centre for Green Process Engineering (CGPE): London South Bank University (2012 - 2014)
  • Research Lead, Department of Applied Science: London South Bank University (2011 - 2014)
  • Reader in Chemical Engineering & Director of Postgraduate Studies: Chemical Engineering Department, Loughborough University (2008 – 2010)
  • Senior Lecturer & Director of Postgraduate Studies: Chemical Engineering Department, Loughborough University (2004 – 2007)
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondee: Industrial Secondment at Syngenta Ltd, Huddersfield (2002)
  • Lecturer: Chemical Engineering Department, Loughborough University (1999 – 2004)
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRA): Chemical Engineering Department, Loughborough University (1997 – 1999)

Selected awards and honours

  • Received a highly prestigious international “Jewel of India” or “Hind Rattan Award” award by the NRI (Non Resident Indian) Welfare Society of India in 2020
  • Finalist at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) 2019 Global Awards in “Sustainability” category
  • Finalist at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) 2017 Global Awards in “Energy” category
  • Finalist at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) 2016 Global Awards in two categories – “Energy” and “Resource-poor Technology” Awards
  • Highly Commended Project Award in “Energy” category for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Global Awards (2014)
  • Winner of prestigious The Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (£30000)
  • Industrial Secondment Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)
  • Awarded an EPSRC grant (GR/S26576/01 - £63478) for the ‘Young Academics Network for Chemical Engineering (YANCE)’, UK with colleagues of other UK Chemical Engineering departments
  • Winner of IChemE research event paper presentation by the IChemE Fluid Separation Processes Group (FSPG) at Newcastle, UK

Professor Saha’s research focuses on innovative greener and sustainable processes and renewable and sustainable energy solutions for which he has established an international reputation. He received “Jewel of India” or “Hind Rattan” award in 2020 in recognition of his outstanding services and scholarly achievements in Chemical Engineering. He is an Editorial Board Member of Green Processing and Synthesis Journal, Energies, and Reactions Journals; Advisory Board Member of Reaction Chemistry and Engineering Journal (RSC) and an Associate Editor of Sustainable Chemical Process Design Journal (specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainability).

His research has been supported by MarRI-UK Research & Innovation, The British Council, Newton Institutional Links Fund, EPSRC CO2-Chem Network, The Royal Society, EPSRC, the European Union (EU), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), GCRF (Co-I), The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Spanish, Nigerian, Malaysian and Pakistan Governments, Knowledge Transfer Collaboration (KTC) and industry. He has worked in collaboration with various industries on several industrially important projects. He was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment with the Process Technology Group of Syngenta Ltd in Huddersfield, UK to study the kinetics and chemical reaction engineering aspects for the industrially practised catalytic processes. He won a prestigious “Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award” for developing an innovative epoxidation process technology.

He has trained over 22 PhD students, 9 post-doctoral researchers, and 6 visiting research students.

Research interests

  • Greener and Sustainable Chemical Processes
  • Low-carbon approaches to energy
  • Adsorption and Ion Exchange Processes for Water Treatment
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Solutions
  • Carbon-dioxide Capture and Utilisation
  • Biodiesel and Biofuels Production
  • Environmental Pollution Control
  • Process Intensification (e.g. Catalytic Distillation, Reactive Chromatography)

Selected research and enterprise projects

  • SALMO: Sustainable Aquaculture Leading to Marine Opportunities in collaboration with Green Fuel Research and University of Cardiff
  • Synthesis and application of next generation porous hexagonal boron nitride for CO2 capture in collaboration with TWI, Cambridge and Sotacarbo, Italy
  • Sustainable production of biodiesel from waste cooking oil - Newton Institutional Links programme in collaboration with the British University in Egypt (BUE) and Port Said University, Egypt
  • CO2 utilisation for the production of value added chemicals in collaboration with MEL Chemicals Ltd
  • Synthesis and characterisation of biodiesel: A study on oxidation stability enhancement in collaboration with Lund University, Sweden
  • Development of an environmentally benign and optimised biodiesel production process in collaboration with Olleco Ltd
  • Continuous clean alkene epoxidation process technology
  • GCRF project (Co-I) - Strategic University Network to Revolutionise Indian Solar Energy (SUNRISE) project in collaboration with academic and industrial partners from the UK and India
  • Catalytic oxidation of alpha-pinene in flow
  • ERDF Project (A2i) - Plastic impurity removal in collaboration with Green Phoenix Waste Solutions Ltd
  • ERDF Project (A2i): Developing a novel process system to convert food waste into biofuels, in collaboration with Biofuel Evolution Ltd

Research publications

Professor Saha has published over 200 research papers (89 peer reviewed journal papers, 113 conference papers), 7 book chapters, 1 authored/edited graduate level textbook, and is co-inventor of 7 patents, with an h-index of 31.

See Professor Saha's publications at LSBU Open Research

View my publications at https://openresearch.lsbu.ac.uk/

* Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), UK

* Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK

* Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK

* Chartered Engineer (CEng), UK

* Life Member, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (LMIIChE), INDIA

* Member, Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), UK

* Member, American Chemical Society (ACS), USA

  • Editorial Board Member, Green Processing and Synthesis Journal, 2012 - present
  • Editorial Board Member, Energies Journal, 2020 - present
  • Advisory Board Member, Reaction Chemistry and Engineering Journal, 2018 – present
  • Editorial Board Member, Reactions Journal, 2020 – present
  • Associate Editor, Sustainable Chemical Process Design Journal (specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainability), 2020 – present
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue (Biofuels production), Energies Journal, 2020-2021
  • External Examiner for the Chemical Engineering UG and Masters courses at University of Hull, 2020 - present
  • External Examiner for the Chemical Engineering UG and Masters courses at Canterbury Christ Church University, 2019 - present
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue (Conversion of CO2 to Value-Added Chemicals and Fuels), Energies Journal, 2019 – 2020
  • Visiting Professor, University of Barcelona, Spain; Saga University, Japan; University of Burgos, Spain
  • Board Member of IChemE Education and Accreditation Forum (EAF), 2019 - present
  • Organising Committee Member, International Conference on Ion Exchange - IEX 2020 –  A Vision for the Future, University of Cambridge, July, 2021
  • Organised an International Workshop on Sustainable Biodiesel Production (funded by the British Council) at LSBU in April 2019
  • IChemE University Accreditation Assessor, 2014 - present
  • Member, EPSRC Peer Review College and Panel Member
  • International Research Grant Reviewer, Dutch Technology Foundation STW, The Netherlands
  • Vice-Chair, IChemE Fluid Separation Subject Group (FSSG), 2011-present
  • Member, IChemE Research Publications Medals Committee, 2010-present
  • Associate Editor, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (Wiley InterScience Publishers), 2009 – 2012
  • Chair of the IChemE Fluid Separations Special Interest Group (FSSIG) Annual Research Events (2007 - 2014)
  • External Examiner, PhD theses: Imperial College, London, Newcastle University, University of Swansea, Queen's University Belfast, University of Sheffield, University of Bradford, De Montfort University, University of Barcelona, University Politecnica de Catalunya-Barcelona TECH (UPC), Spain, IIT (Bombay)

Selected keynote lectures

  • Keynote speaker at the 24th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA, Prague, August 2021
  • Invited speaker at the The 16th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU XVI), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, August 2018
  • Invited Speaker at the SEEP 2018 11th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection, Paisley, Scotland, May 2018.
  • Invited Speaker at the Breakfast MeetingDelivering Clean Energy Technologies organised by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), House of Commons, UK Parliament, January 2018
  • Invited speaker at the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (WCCE10), Barcelona, Spain, October, 2017
  • Keynote speaker at the International Conference on Nanotechnology Applications: Chemical, Energy and Environment (NACEE-2017), Surat, India, March 2017
  • Invited speaker at the 1st BUE Annual Conference & Exhibition-BUE ACE1: Sustainable Vital Technologies in Engineering and Informatics Conference & Renewable Energy Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt, November 2016
  • Invited speaker at International Conference on Ion Exchange - IEX 2016: Ion Exchange - a continuing success story, Cambridge, UK, July 2016
  • Invited by British Council and Texas A&M University (Qatar) to present at a Workshop on Energy and Water Security, Doha, Qatar, February 2015
  • Keynote speaker at the 21st International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA, Prague, August 2014
  • Invited speaker at the 4th International Congress on Green Process Engineering - GPE 2014, Sevilla, Spain, April 2014
  • Invited Speaker at 9th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (WCCE8), Seoul, South Korea, August 2013
  • Invited speaker at the 3rd International Conference of the Flow Chemistry Society, Munich, Germany, March 2013
  • Invited speaker at International Conference on Ion Exchange - IEX 2012, Cambridge, UK, September 2012
  • Invited speaker at the 3rd International Congress on Green Process Engineering - GPE 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2011
  • Invited speaker at the 5th International Conference on Ion Exchange, Melbourne, Australia, July 2010
  • Invited Seminars as a Visiting Academic: University of Barcelona, Spain; University of Bradford, UK; Saga University, Japan organised by the Kyushu (Island) Branch of Chemical Society; University of Kitakyushu, Japan; University of Burgos, Spain