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About Arpita Saha

Dr. Saha has joined Georgia Southern University in August 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 from Presidency University, Kolkata, India. In her master’s degree program (2002 – 2004) at the Indian Institute of Technology,(IIT) Kanpur, India she worked on the synthesis and characterization of carbon nanotubes and the transport of water through the channel of water soluble carbon nanotubes and its interaction with amino acids and DNA. Dr. Saha interned at the Indian Institute of Science,(IISc) Bangalore (2003), where she studied modeling of the trinuclear active site of Ascorbate Oxidase (AO) with spectral and analytical characterization of tri nuclear copper complexes. She joined the doctoral program (2005) at Distinguished Prof. George Christou’s lab at the University of Florida Her doctoral research primarily focused on the investigation of new synthetic routes towards the preparation and subsequent characterization of novel multinuclear metal complexes. After receiving her Ph.D. (2011), Dr. Saha served as an assistant professor at Saginaw valley State University, Michigan (2011 – 2012) and developed various undergraduate collaborative research opportunities on metal-based cluster chemistry. In Summer 2012, she worked with renowned Prof. Herbert W. Roesky, as a visiting faculty at Gӧttingen University in Germany. In Germany, she investigated new synthetic strategies to isolate high oxidation state manganese cluster by employing N-Heterocyclic Carbene.

Research Interests: Investigating synthesis, characterization, and several applications of novel metal coordination complexes using 3d and lanthanide metals. Application includes developing therapeutic & MRI contrast agents, Nano composites, magnetic materials, and mimicking biologically active sites, exploring adsorption & desorption study of carbonaceous materials and its use to reduce environmental contaminants from soil and water, and assessing water quality of local water bodies to ensure environmental health.



2021 - Present Assistant Director, Georgia Southern University
2019 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University College of Science and Mathematics
2015 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
2013 - 2018 Assistant Professor, College of Science and Mathematics, Georgia Southern University

Curriculum Vitae


2019 Affordable Learning Georgia Grant Award
University System of Georgia
Role: Co-PI
2019 Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institution
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Role: Principle Investigator
2019 NSF-REU Award
Collaborative Multidisciplinary Investigations Through Undergraduate Research Experiences (CEMITURE)
Role: Mentor
2019 Planned Progressive Pathway (P3): Increasing Freshman Student Participation in Conducting Research (IFREE)
Role: Co-PI
2019 USG STEM IV Award
Role: Key Personnel
2018 Travel Award at GSU
Faculty Development Committee
Role: PI
2017 Research Scholarly Pursuit Funding Award
Faculty Research Committee
Role: PI
2014 COSM Research Award
Georgia Southern University
Role: PI
2014 Sustainability Fee Award
Center of Sustainability at GSU
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Member, American Men & Women of Science
2018 - Present Member, COSM Award Committee
2014 - Present Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Award Committee
2014 - Present Member, Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource
2013 - Present Member, Council of Undergraduate Research
2008 - Present Member, American Chemical Society
Present Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of Magnetics and Electromagnetism
2019 Organizer & Presider of Symposium, 71st SERMACS Conference
2019 Participant, Conversation with Professors
2018 Participant, Armstrong Alliance for Women in STEM
2018 Reviewer, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
2018 Representative, Sigma Xi Chapter
2014 - 2018 Mentor & Facilitator, CEMITURE
2017 Presider of Session, 69th SERMACS Conference
2017 Participant, Conversations with Cookies-Chemistry
2017 Reviewer, Council of Undergraduate Research
2016 - 2017 Organizer, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Conference Travel Committee
Maintenance, In-House Instruments
Reviewer, Inorganica Chimica Acta
Reviewer, Journal of Molecular Structure
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Honors and Awards

  • National Scholarship Scheme, Government of India (1999)
  • T.S. Starling Scholarship, Presidency College (2001)
  • Merit-cum-Means Scholarship, Indian Institute of Technology (2003)
  • Prof. Kaushal Kishore Summer Research Fellowship, Indian Institute of Science (2003)
  • Recognition of Excellence in Teaching, University of Florida (2007)
  • Travel Grant, Graduate Student Council (GSU) Grant (2008)
  • Poster Award Winner, FIMS Conference (2008)
  • Invitee, Pearson General Chemistry Forum (2012)
  • SVSU Research Award (2012)
  • Certificate, "Teaching in Higher Education at GSU (2013)
  • NSF Granted Professional Development Workshop, Northwestern University (2014)
  • Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, 2015
  • ACS Certificate of Merit, ACS National Conference (2018)
  • Certificate for Outstanding Contribution, Inorganica Chimica Acta & Journal of Molecular Structure (2018)
  • Certificate for Teaching & Developing Online Courses, GSU Center of Teaching & Technology (2018)
  • ACS Science Coaches Program, American Association of Chemistry Teachers & American Chemical Society (2019)
  • Nominated, COSM Excellence in Service Award at GSU (2020)
  • SoTL Fellowship, Georgia Southern University, 2020
  • GSU Academic Excellence Award (2020)
  • Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award for the University System of Georgia (2021)


  • Thesis (CHEM 7999)
  • Chemistry Research (CHEM 4890)
  • Survey of Chemistry I w/Lab (CHEM 1151-01F)
  • First Year Seminar-COSM (FYE 1220)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 5233/5233G)
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry Laboratory (BCHM 3310L)
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 3300)
  • Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 1145)
  • Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 1146)
  • Survey of Chemistry I (CHEM 1151A)


2011 University of Florida
2004 M.S., Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
2002 B.S., Presidency University

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8064
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-4051
Office: 3216A Chemistry & Nursing Bldg.

Presentations Prior to Georgia Southern Appointment (16)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (6)

Peer Reviewed Electronic Articles (4)