Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
Dr. (Mrs.) Usha Jha
Professor, Chemistry
M.Sc., Ph.D.
Contact Address
Permanent Address bariatu
Local Address bariatu
Phone (Office) 09955827985
Phone Residence 09955827985
Email Id
Joined Institute on : 12-Aug-1994

  Work Experience
Teaching : 22 Years

Research : 04 Years

Individual: 03 Years

  Research Areas

 Environmental Monitoring and Control with emphasis on modification of biomaterials for removal of pollutants from water

  Award and Honours
  1. DST FIST  fund for infrastructure development   1.6 crores (2012-2016)
  2. Mentorship for a D.S.Kothari Fellow(2013-2016)
  3.  UNICEF project on Fluoride estimation and  suggested remedial measures for various surface and ground  water  sources in  Daltonganj and Garhwah District of Jharkhand.(2011-2013)



  1. Thombare Nandkishore*, Mishra Sumit, Siddiqui M.Z., Jha Usha,  (2018) Design and development of guar gum based novel, superabsorbent and moisture retaining hydrogels for agricultural applications. Carbohydrate Polymers. 185, 169–178.Impact Factor: 4.811; Indexing: Scopus, SCI; ISSN: 0144-8617; Publisher: Elsevier.
  2. Thombare Nandkishore*, Jha Usha, Mishra Sumit and Siddiqui MZ (2017) Borax cross-linked guar gum hydrogels as potential adsorbents for water purification. Carbohydrate Polymers. 168, 274–281.
  3. Thombare, N.,Jha, U.,Mishra, S.,Siddiqui, M.Z.; Guar gum as a promising starting material for diverse applications: A review , International Journal of Biological Macromolecules2016
  4. Jha, R.,Jha, U.,Dey, R.K.,Mishra, S.,Swain, S.K.; Fluoride sorption by zirconium (IV) loaded carboxylated orange peel, Desalination and Water Treatment Taylor and Francis (2015)
  5. Deepshikha , Usha Jha et al .;  Nitrogen ion beam modification of alumina for hard tissue implants, Macromolecular Symposia,2015
  6. Rahul Rahul*, Sunil Kumar, Usha Jha, Gautam Sen; Cationic inulin: A plant based natural biopolymer for algal biomass harvesting, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules,  Vol.72,pp868 (2015).
  7. Rahul, R.; Jha, Usha.; Sen, G.; Mishra, S., Carboxymethyl inulin: A novel flocculant for wastewater treatment. International journal of biological macromolecules 2014, 63, 1-7.
  8. Jha Ranjana,  Jha Usha, Swain S.,Mishra S.  (2014):”Fluoride Sorption by Zirconium IV loaded  Carboxylated Orange Peel,”Desalination and Water Treatment ,Taylor and Francis , accepted for publication.
  9. Rahul, R.; Jha, Usha.; Sen, G.; Mishra, S., A novel polymeric flocculant based on polyacrylamide grafted Inuline:Aqueous Microwave assisted synthesis,Carbohydrate Polymer 2014,99,11-21.
  10. Rani, G. U.; Mishra, S.; Pathak, G.; Jha, Usha.; Sen, G., Synthesis and applications of poly(2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) grafted agar: a microwave based approach. International journal of biological macromolecules 2013, 61, 276-84.
  11. S. K. Swain, Usha Jha ,R. K. Dey;  Fluoride Removal Performance of a New Hybrid Sorbent of Zr(IV)-Ethylenediamine,  Chemical Engineering Journal .Vol.184, pp. 72 (2012).
  12. Usha Jha, G. S. Tiwari, R. K. Dey; Shellac polyamidoamine: Design of a new polymeric carrier material for controlled release application, Journal of Applied Polymers Elsevier. Vol. 125, pp. 2626 (2012).
  13. S. K. Swain, Usha Jha et al; Hydrogeochemical processes controlling the high fluoride concentration in ground water: a case study at the Boden block area Orissa, India, Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Springer
  14. S. K. Swain, Usha Jha et al; Fluoride removal from drinking water using meso-structured zirconium phosphate: Kinetics, equilibrium and thermodynamic studies, Chemical Engineering Journal, 171,(2011).
  15. Usha Jha ,R. K. Dey ,G.S.Tiwari; Controlled release of 5-aminosalicylic acid from a new pH responsive polymer derived from tamarind seed polysaccharide, acrylic acid and polyamidoamine, Polymer Bulletin, Vol.66, pp. 583(2011).
  16. A. K. P. Singh, M.T. Raju, U. Jha; Lab study on the addition of  BOF sludge to the sinter blend, Steeltimes International, 35,No.3 (2011).
  17. A. K. P. Singh, M.T. Raju, Usha Jha; Recycling of Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) sludge in iron and steel works, Int. Journal   Environmental Technology and Management, Vol. 14, Nos. 1/2/3/4(2011).
  18. Sandipta Ghosh, U. Jha, Sagar Pal ; High performance polymeric flocculant based on hydrolyzed polyacrylamide grafted tamarind kernel polysaccharide (Hyd. TKP-g-PAM); Bioresource Technology,Vol. 102 , pp.2137(2011).
  19. Sandipta Ghosh, Gautam Sen, U. Jha, Sagar Pal; Novel biodegradable polymeric flocculant based on polyacrylamide  grafted tamarind kernel polysaccharide, Bioresource Technology, Vol.101, pp.9638 (2010).
  20. S. K. Swain, Usha Jha , et al; Kinetics & thermodynamics of Fluoride removal using Cerium impregnated chitosan; Desalination & Water reatment , Vol.13, pp.369 (2010).
  21. S. K. Swain, Usha Jha , et al; Development of a new inorganic organic hybrid Ion Exchanger of Zr.IV –propanolamine for efficient removal of Fluoride from drinking water; Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research ,American Chemical Society, Vol. 49, pp. 9846(2010).
  22. G. K. Agarwal, M. Trivedi, U. Jha, R.K. Jha, R.K. Shukla; Tobacco use and its impact on Respiratory Health: A Statistical Approach. Statistics in Transition-new series, Vol.11, pp. 47(2010).
  23. G. K. Agarwal, M. Trivedi, U. Jha, R. K. Jha, R. K. Shukla; Impact of Tobacco Smoke on the Respiratory Health of Adult: A Statistical Approach. Interstat, (2010) (available at: .
  Current Sponsored Projects

 BRNS sponsored project on Development of highly porous, nanostructure metal/mixed metal oxide spheres for removal of arsenic, 2016-2019)