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Dr Sudeshna Basugupta
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Dept of Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Following undergraduate studies in Geology (First Class with distinction in subsidiary subjects Physics and Maths, Jadavpur University, Kolkata India) and a Master’s degree in Applied Geology  (First class with distinction, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India), I was awarded a 5 year Department of Space, India PhD Studentship. After completing my PhD, I worked as a PDRA in SUERC (Glasgow) before joining UCL. I am currently a part-time Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and a Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences. I am engaged with EDI activities in both the departments, focusing on enhancing support for students and staff from ethnic minorities and with any disability issue.
Research Summary
 My current research on gas shales, investigating the circulation of fluids in them using different geochemical tracers such as the carbon, nitrogen and noble gases,  can help to constrain their hydrocarbon retention potential as well as their carbon capture and storage capacity. By integrating the isotopic studies with mineralogy and compositional analyses, along with porosity and permeability measurements, I look into how volatiles circulate in these shales and can be lost from, or added to these rocks.

I am also interested in using carbon, nitrogen and noble gases to trace the formation and subsequent evolution of other natural resources such as the carbonatites, diamonds and deep sea sea sediments due to different geological processes, in order to to constraint their temporal and spatial occurrence and  association of any  economic deposits. The carbon and nitrogen, hosted in these geological samples, bear signatures of the source(s) with implications towards their natural global cycles at different temporal and spatial scales.

Teaching Summary

I like to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to my teaching, connectingto social licensing and environmental remediation where applicable, whilefocusing on sustainable management of different Earth resources including rocksand minerals, energy  and water. I integrate classlectures with field study and practical classes. 

I coordinate the following modules for the M.Sc. Global Management of Natural Resources programme in Chemical Engineering UCL:

Geology for Global Managers and Engineers (GEOL0034)

Integrated Hydrogeology and Sustainable Water Management (CENG0060)

Dissertation (CENG0037)

01-JAN-2013 – 30-APR-2022 Senior Research Fellow Earth Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
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