Department of Chemical Sciences

Tezpur University, Tezpur – 784 028
Phone (Office): +91–3712–267008
(extension 5051)
Fax: +91–3712–267005/6
E–mail: robind.AT.tezu.ernet.in

Academic Profile:

  • Ph.D. NEHU, Shillong
  • M. Sc. Gauhati University
  • B. Sc. Dibrugarh University

Research Interests:

  • Microemulsion
  • Surfactants
  • Water treatment

List of Publications:

  1. Biren Gohain, Bornali Boruah, Palash M. Saikia and Robin K. Dutta*, “Premicellar and micelle formation behavior of aqueous anionic surfactants in the presence of triphenylmethane dyes: protonation of dye in ion pair micelles.” Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, 2009, in press.
  2.  Bornali Boruah, Palash M. Saikia, Biren Gohain, Robin K. Dutta*,”Partition equilibrium of phenol red in aqueous polymer–surfactant system:Determination of critical aggregation concentration, Journal of Molecular Liquids 2010,151, 81–85.
  3. B. Boruah, P.M. Saikia, R.K. Dutta*,” Spectrophotometric investigation of the monomer–dimer process of C.I. Basic Blue 9 in aqueous polymer–surfactant system, Dyes and Pigments ,2010, 85,16-20.
  4. B. Gohain and R.K. Dutta*, Premicellar and micelle formation behavior of dye surfactant ion pairs in aqueous solutions: Deprotonation of dye in ion pair micelles, J. Colloid Interface Science, 2008, 323, 395-402.
  5. B. Gohain, S. Sarma and R.K. Dutta*, Protonated dye-surfactant ion pair formation between neutral red and anionic surfactants in aqueous submicellar solutions, J. Mol. Liquids, 2008,142,132
  6. P.M. Saikia and R.K. Dutta*, A Partition Equilibrium Study of Sulfonephthalein Dyes in Nonionic Surfactant Systems at high pH, J. Dispersion Sci. Technol., 2008, in press.
  7. B. Das, P. Hazarika, G. Saikia, H. Kalita, D.C. Goswami, H.B. Das, S. N. Dube and R. K. Dutta* Removal of iron from groundwater by ash: A systematic study of a traditional method, J. Hazardous Materials, 2007, 141, 834-841.
  8. P.M. Saikia and R.K. Dutta*, A partition equilibrium study of Sulfonephthalein dyes in nonionic surfactant systems at high pH, J. Surface Sci. Technol., 2007, 23, 195-208.
  9. R.K. Dutta*, G. Saikia, B. Das, C. Bezbaruah, H.B. Das and S.N. Dube, Fluoride Contamination in Groundwater of Central Assam, India, Asian J. Water, Environ. Pollution, 2006, 3, 93-100.
  10. S. Sarma and R.K. Dutta*, Electronic spectral behaviour of bromophenol blue in oil in water microemulsions stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulfate and n-butanol, Spectrochimica Acta A, 2006, 64, 623-627.
  11. S. Sarma, B. Gohain and R.K. Dutta*, A visible spectroscopic study of microstructure of o/w microemulsions of anionic surfactants: effect of cosurfactant, J. Dispersion Sci. Tech., 2006, 27, 1-7.
  12. P.M. Saikia and R.K. Dutta*, Acid-base equilibria of sulphonephthalein dyes in aqueous polymer-surfactant media, J. Surfact. Deterg., 2006 , 9, 39-45.
  13. P.M. Saikia, M. Bora and R.K. Dutta*, Acid-base equilibrium of anionic dyes partially bound to micelles of nonionic surfactants, J. Colloid Interface Sci., 2005, 285, 382-387.
  14. S. Sarma and R.K. Dutta*, Partition of bromophenol blue in toluene/water/Sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)-sulfosuccinate - water-in–oil microemulsions, J. Surfact. Deterg., 2005, 8, 277-281.
  15. S. Sarma, M. Bora and R.K. Dutta*, Effects of alcohol on partition equilibrium of phenol red in micellar solutions and o/w microemulsions of anionic surfactants, Colloids Surf. A, 2005, 256, 105-110.
  16. S. Sarma and R.K. Dutta*, Effect of buffers on partition equilibrium of phenol red in benzene/water/SDS-butanol o/w microemulsions, J. Chem Res., 2004, 620-621.
  17. D.B. Mahanta, N.N. Das and R.K. Dutta*, A chemical and bacteriological study of drinking water in tea gardens of central Assam, Indian J. Environmental Protection, 2004, 24, 654-660.
  18. P.M. Saikia, A. Kalita, B. Gohain, S. Sarma and R.K. Dutta*, “A partition equilibrium study of sulphonephthalein dyes in anionic surfactant systems: determination of cmc in buffered medium”, Colloids Surf. A, 2003,216, 21-26.
  19. S. Sarma, B. Gohain and R.K. Dutta*, A partition equilibrium study of benzene/water/SDS-butanol o/w microemulsions, J. Chem. Res., 2003, 408-409.
  20. B. Das, J. Talukdar, S. Sarma, B. Gohain, R.K. Dutta*, H.B. Das and A.C. Das, Fluoride and some other inorganic constituents in groundwater of Guwahati city, Assam, India, Current Sci., 2003, 85, 657-661.
  21. B. Gohain, P.M. Saikia, S. Sarma and R.K. Dutta*, Hydrophobicity-induced deprotonation of dye in dye-submicellar surfactant systems”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2002, 4, 2617-2620.
  22. P.M. Saikia, S.N. Bhat and R.K. Dutta, Dye-surfactant interaction near CMC: Phenazinium dyes – sodium dodecylsulphate, Indian J. Chem. 2001, 40A, 396.

Research Projects:

Title of the Project Sponsored by Amount Duration Status
Tackling of incompatible metal ions in ASP flooding EOR method with special reference to Assam Oil Fields AICTE 6 lac 2 years Completed
Study of microemulsion microstructure by partition equilibrium method CSIR 6.5 lac 3 years Completed
Use of plant material in rapid removal of iron and manganese from ground water DRL, DRDO 4.5 lac 1 years Completed
Technique for removal of Arsenic from contaminated groundwater by adsorption on iron oxide templated on low cost materials DRL, DRDO 5 lac 2 years Completed
Integrated arsenic and iron removal from contaminated groundwater DST -- 3 years In Progress
Laboratory study of fluoride removal from ground water using acid enhanced limestone defluoridation technique DST -- 3 years In Progress

Research Group:

  Mr. Suresh Kumar Nath  
  Research Area: Development of De-fluoridation Methods for Water by Enhancement of Calcium Activity in the Filter bed or Column of lime materials.
  Ms. Bornali Baruah  
  Research Area: Spectroscopic And Thermodynamic Study Of Polymer-Surfactant Interaction In Acid-Base Equilibrium Of Dyes.
  Ms. Shreemoyee Bordoloi  
  Research Area: Integrated Arsenic And Iron Removal From Contaminated Groundwater.
  Ms Anisha Dutta  
  Research Area: Electroanalytical Study Of The Relation Between Hydrophobicity And Acid-Base Equilibrium In Aqueous Dye-Surfactant Systems.
  Dr. Palashmoni Saikia  
  Research Area: A Study Of Acid-Base Equilibrium Of Dyes In Aqueous Micellar Systems.
  Dr. Surashree Sarmah  
  Research Area: A Study On Microemulsion By Partition Equilibrium Method.
  Dr. Biren Gohain  
  Research Area: A Study Of Ion Pair Formation, Protonation-Deprotonation Equilibria Of Dyes And Micelle Formation In Aqueous Dye Surfactant Solution.