Saugata Datta

PhD: Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario, Canada: 2001

Mellon-Barnard & Columbia Earth Institute Fellow, Columbia University, New York: 2004



Welcome to the Datta Lab!

We are hydrogeologists and low temperature geochemists working on environmental sustainability.

Associate Professor

Chemical Hydrogeology and Environmental Geochemistry

Department of Geology, Kansas State University

104 Thompson Hall, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506

Phn: (785) 532-2241

Fax: (785) 532-5159


Prior Appointments:

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences,

Georgia College & State University, Georgia (2004-2008)

Reader, University of Calcutta,

Department of Geology, India (2005-2006)

CO2 Sequestration Projects

Project One: CO2 in Western Annex Grant: Understanding formation water, rock and supercritical CO2 interaction with geochemical modeling. Funding: Department of Energy (2 year project, starting 2013) - Applications for Master Graduate students are currently invited

Project Two: Small scale field test demonstrating CO2 sequestration in Arbuckle Saline Aquifer and by CO2-EOR at Wellington field, Sumner County, Kansas. Funding: Department of Energy (3 year project, starting 2013) - Applications for Masters Graduate students and Postdocs are currently invited

Summer Interns - Sophia Ford and Guiherme Hoerlle

Goldschmidt presentations 2012- Robin Barker, Chad Hobson, M.S. Sankar [Montreal, Canada] (click for abstracts)

GSA presentations 2012- Robin Barker, Sophia Ford & Md Golam Kibria [Charlotte, North Carolina] (click for abstracts)

AGU presentations 2012- Chad Hobson

Urban Water Institute - Core Faculty

News published from the lab

  1. Bullet CO2 Story

  2. Bullet Tungsten Story

  3. Bullet Manganese in Airborne Particulate Matter Story


Robinson_Barker- 1. First place poster at AAPG/SEG Spring Break Student Expo. Judged among 47 posters in the Geology



Chad Hobson1. Third place at 17th Annual K-State Research Forum in the Division of Graduate Engineering/Math/Physical


Sophia Ford- Undergraduate intern- KSU nomination for Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Md Golam Kibria- Travel Grant to GSA, Kansas State University Graduate Student Council

O.C. Eke- Congrats for defending Masters Thesis, successfully - Aug 2011

Andrew Neal-  (Currently at Virginia Tech) on the Arsenic Project: Obtained following grants: NASA: KSU NASA Space Grant Consortium ( ; Geological Society of America (GSA) Graduate Student Research Grant (; American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation Grants-in-Aid: Barrett Family Named Grant (; Kansas Geological Foundation Scholarship (; GSA Student Travel Grant, South-Central Section (; Kansas State Research Forum, Apr 2010-Second PositionCongrats Andrew for defending Masters thesis successfully - Dec 2010

I am always looking for new students! Contact me if you are interested in Graduate studies in Hydrogeology and Geochemistry at KSU. Students can apply to work in my lab through the Department of Geology and the School of Arts and Sciences.


EAR - 1014971: Collaborative Research: Chemical Hydrogeologic Investigations of Tungsten: Field, Laboratory, and Modeling Studies of an Emerging Environmental Contaminant. Project location: Kansas State University, National Science Foundation, Hydrologic Sciences Program

DE-FE0002056: Modeling Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Saline Aquifer & Depleted Oil Reservoir, Project Location: Kansas State University, U.S. DOE / NETL

DE-FE0002056: Supplementary: Modeling Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Saline Aquifer & Depleted Oil Reservoir-Western Annex, Project Location: Kansas State University, U.S. DOE / NETL

DE-FE0006821: Small Scale Field Test Demonstrating CO2 Sequestration, Project Location: Kansas State University, U.S. DOE / NETL

DE-FE0004566: Prototyping and testing a new volumetric curvature tool to model reservoir compartments and leakage pathways in Arbuckle saline aquifer to reduce uncertainty in CO2 storage and permanence, U.S. DOE / NETL

Pariette Wetlands Salinity / Selenium Study: Project Location: Kansas State University, Bureau of Land Mgmt, Utah

   section (March 14-16, 2012)

2. National Energy Technology Laboratory- DOE, Pittsburgh, Summer Internship (Aug 15-30, 2011)

3. GSA Travel Grant 2011

    Sciences (March 8, 2012)

2. Travel Grant to Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal Canada

3. Travel Grant to AGU, Kansas State University Graduate Student Council