Dipendu Saha

Dipendu Saha, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering (2009)
    New Mexico State University (NM)

About Me

In teaching, I am involved in both graduate/undergraduate and classroom/laboratory courses. I am quite active in assimilating the theoretical concepts with the real-world objects so that students can relate their learning to the practical use. In dealing with the most complex and critical areas of the subjects, I always like to ask the students to adopt the process of independent thinking and analytical reasoning in spite of just memorizing things, which, I believe, is the key part to generate expertise within the students.  

In research, I am active in the broader areas of materials science and engineering, mostly with nanoporous materials and their wide applications in energy, environment and biological sectors. I write research proposals to both internal and external funding agencies. I have about fifty peer-reviewed publications, invited book chapters and several conference presentations. I act as a session chair of adsorption and ion exchange session (area 2e) of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fall meetings and serve as a reviewer for several scientific journals and funding agencies.

Research Interests

Dr. Saha’s primary research interest lies with novel and sustainable materials design with broader applications in gas separation, water purification, precious metal recovery and chemical sensing. Currently, he is involved with carbon-based synthetic nanoporous materials, visible light-activated photocatalysts and plasmonic systems.  


  • Gencoglu, Maria F., Amanda Spurri, Mitchell Franko, Jihua Chen, Dale K. Hensley, Caryn L. Heldt, and Dipendu Saha. "Biocompatibility of Soft-Templated Mesoporous Carbons." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6, no. 17 (2014): 15068–15077
  • Saha, Dipendu, Yuan Lu, Karl Nelson, Jihua Chen, and Soydan Ozcan. "CO2, CH4 and N2 Adsorption in Micro-Mesoporous Graphene." J. Chemical and Engineering Data 60, no. 9 (2015): 2636–2645
  • Saha, Dipendu, Yunchao Li, Zhonghe Bi, Jihua Chen, Jong K. Keum, Dale K. Hensley, Hippolyte A. Grappe, Harry M. Meyer, III, Sheng Dai, M.Parans Paranthaman, and A.K. Naskar. "Studies on Supercapacitor Electrode Material from Activated Lignin-Derived Mesoporous Carbon Material." Langmuir 30, no. 3 (2014): 900–910.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS)


  • American Chemical Society (ACS): Petroleum Research Fund (PRF), 2014–2016
  • Widener University: Faculty Development Award, 2014–2015; Provost Grant, 2014–2015
  • New Mexico State University (NMSU): Honors Certificate for maintaining perfect grade point average in PhD, 2009



  • Dipendu Saha Publishes Critical Review About CO2 Adsorption

    Associate Professor Dipendu Saha published a critical review in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials about the role of oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur functionalities on the surface of nanoporous carbons in CO2 adsorption.

    Share Link: https://www.widener.edu/node/11381