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Dr Basu Saha

Senior Academic in Chemical Engineering

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Research overview

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. His research team aims to tackle the climate change challenge and contribute to the net-zero emission target through research and development at the interface between renewable and sustainable energy and low carbon technologies. His research involved developing waste-based bioenergy and value-added products through various systems including transesterification and supercritical methanolysis (biodiesel production), biomass conversion, pyrolysis (fuel-oil) etc. A number of research projects have been conducted in his research group in collaboration with various researchers and industry – e.g. sustainable aquaculture leading to marine opportunities; process intensification for synthesis of industrially important building blocks; conversion of CO2 to high value chemicals using heterogeneous catalysis; synthesis and modification of porous boron nitride materials for application in carbon dioxide capture; sustainable waste valorisation; biomass valorisation and process integration; decarbonisation and process optimisation; oxidation stability enhancement of biodiesel by extracting biological antioxidants from lignin etc.

His research has been supported by Newton Fund Impact Scheme, MarRI-UK Research & Innovation, The British Council, Newton Institutional Links Fund, UKRI, the European Union, The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Spanish, Nigerian, Malaysian and Pakistan Governments, Knowledge Transfer Collaboration and industry. He has successfully delivered a number of enterprise related projects in collaboration with SMEs. He is a member of Supergen Bioenergy Hub, EPSRC funded UK Catalysis Hub and CO2Chem Network.

PhD supervision

Applications are always welcome from PhD and Post-doctoral candidates, both home and overseas, with their own funding. There is also opportunity to collaboratively apply for funding based on mutual research interest. Please see my research profile and if you are interested, please feel free to contact me.


Professor Basu Saha recently joined the Chemical Engineering Department at Lancaster University. He is currently an Honorary Professor at University of Brunel London, an Adjunct Professor of UCSI University, Malaysia, a Visiting Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering at London South Bank University (LSBU) and an External Examiner for the Chemical Engineering UG and Masters courses at the University of Hull.

Prior to joining Lancaster University, he worked as a Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering at LSBU for over 10 years. He held various leadership roles, including Head of Centre for Energy and the Environment Research, Founding Director of Centre for Green Process Engineering and Research Lead of Applied Sciences Department at LSBU. Previously, he worked in the Chemical Engineering department of Loughborough University (as a PDRA/Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Chemical Engineering) for about 14 years. He was awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment with Syngenta Ltd in Huddersfield to study the catalysis, kinetics and chemical reaction engineering aspects for the industrially practiced catalytic processes. He won a prestigious “Royal Society Brian Mercer Award” for developing an innovative epoxidation process technology. He is recognised as a leading expert in his field and held Visiting Professorships in the University of Barcelona, Spain; Saga University, Japan and University of Burgos, Spain. He was an External Examiner for the Chemical Engineering UG courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Professor Saha 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, Editorial Board Member of Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering Journal and an Associate Editor of Sustainable Chemical Process Design Journal (specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainability).

He has successfully trained 23 PhD students, 9 post-doctoral researchers, 1 MPhil student and 6 visiting research students. He has examined 24 PhD theses from the UK and overseas institutions (e.g. Imperial College, University of Sheffield, University of Newcastle, Queen’s University Belfast, Loughborough University, Swansea University, University of Bradford, University of Barcelona, Spain, University Politecnica de Catalunya-Barcelona TECH (UPC), Spain, IIT Bombay, India etc.). He has published over 200 research papers (including peer reviewed journal and conference papers), 7 book chapters, 1 authored/edited book and is co-inventor of 7 patents [h-index of 32, with ~4100 citations (Google Scholar)].

He has delivered about 100 invited and keynote lectures at national and international conferences, House of Commons (UK Parliament), universities, research institutes and industry. He has been invited as a member of the International Advisory and Scientific Committees of international conferences, Session Chair at national and international conferences and as a research grant reviewer of national (EPSRC Peer Review College and Engineering Panel member) and international funding bodies. He has co-organised sessions at national and international research events, conferences and symposia. He is an active member of IChemE Research Publications (Journals) Medals Committee and Vice-Chair of IChemE Fluid Separations Special Interests Group (FSSIG). As an IChemE Accreditation Assessor and member for Education and Accreditation Forum (EAF), he is actively involved in professional accreditation of Chemical Engineering degree programmes in the UK and overseas universities.

He has received many national and international awards (e.g. from The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, British Council, IChemE, NRI Welfare Society etc.) in recognition of his research excellence. He received a prestigious "Jewel of India Award" by the NRI Welfare Society of India in recognition of outstanding services and scholarly achievements in Chemical Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Greener and Sustainable Chemical Processes
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Solutions
  • Low-carbon Approaches to Energy
  • Carbon-dioxide Capture and Utilisation
  • Circular Chemical Economy
  • Biodiesel and Biofuels Production
  • Environmental Pollution Control
  • Process Intensification

Current Teaching

ENGR 302 Chemical Process Design Project

PA/267 Chemical Engineering Principles

PA/271 Modelling and Simulation

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