Arpita Saha

Dr. Arpita Saha
Assistant Professor, Inorganic Chemistry
College of Science and Mathematics


  • B.S. Presidency University (2002)
  • M.S. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India (2004)
  • Ph.D. University of Florida (2011)

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.

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Research interests encompass Inorganic Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology.

  • Synthesis and study of multinuclear coordination complexes of transition metal ions that exhibit novel spectroscopic, magnetic, electrochemical properties.
  • Application includes magnetic materials, spin-based quantum devices.
  • Investigation of the synergy between electron transport and magnetism by grafting magnetic clusters on single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs).
  • Ligand designing by controlling their selectivity towards metal ions is another active research arena. 
  • Exploring small molecule coordination complexes that mimic structural, spectroscopic, and reactivity properties of redox-based manganese enzymes

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 1145 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1146 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I

Selected Publications

  • Family of Double-Cubane Mn4Ln2 (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho) and Mn4Y2 Complexes: A New Mn4Tb2 Single-Molecule Magnet. Saha A, Thompson M, Abboud KA, Wernsdorfer W, Christou G.  Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 10476.
  • New Mixed-Valent Mn Clusters from the Use of N, N, N’, N’ –Tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) ethylenediamine (edteH4): Mn3, Mn4, Mn6, and Mn10. Saha A, Abboud KA, Christou G. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 12774.
  • Experimental and Computational Studies of a New Mn9 Single-Molecule Magnet with a Half-Integer Spin of S = 21/2. Saha A, Gangopadhyay S, Nehrkorn J, Milazzo R, Masunov AE, Waldmann O, Mutka H, Abboud KA, Wernsdorfer W, Christou G. (To be submitted to J. Am. Chem. Soc.)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Two Isostructural Mn20 and Mn18Ca2 Complexes from the Use of N, N, N’, N’-Tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) ethylenediamine. Saha A, Thompson M, Abboud KA, Wernsdorfer W, Christou G. (To be submitted to Inorg. Chem)

Awards & Recognitions

  • SVSU Research Award 2012
  • Poster award at the Florida Inorganic Materials Science conference 2008
  • National Scholarship by the Govt. of India 2002, 1999

Last updated: 7/14/2013

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