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Department of Chemistry

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Established in July 2004, the Department of Chemistry at BITS, Pilani -KK Birla Goa Campus has marked its presence in Academia within India and abroad.  The department is focused in both teaching and high quality research (basic and multidisciplinary) in the frontier areas of chemistry and its interface with allied disciplines. The department is well equipped with state of the art research facility, library resources (e-journals) and had established collaborations with various national and international laboratories within this short period. The department faculty strength today has grown to 15 (2 professors, 9 Associate professors and 4 Assistant Professors) along with one DST INSPIRE faculty. Currently there are 21 (full time), 1 (part time) research scholars, two post doctoral researcher fellows and 1 post doctoral Woman Scientist working in the department.
The department is offering first degree M.Sc. Chemistry program and  the Doctoral program (Ph.D. program). The admission to Ph.D. program is announced twice a year. Institute fellowship is also offered to deserving candidates qualified in the written test and interview.
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The department, right from its inception has given high priority for research. The faculty is actively engaged in cutting edge research in the frontier areas of Inorganic, organic, physical, and analytical and theoretical chemistry with further specialization in
  1. Biosensors and bioanalytical chemistry
  2. Nanochemistry and nanomaterials
  3. Photochemistry and Bioinorganic chemistry
  4. Computational and theoretical chemistry
  5. Green chemistry and catalysis
  6. Molecular sensors and devices


Till date, the department has received around 40 sponsored research projects (including three international) from various national and international agencies with funding amounting to more than Rs. 16 crore. The major funding agencies are (Dept. of Science & Technology DST, India, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR, India, Indian Council for Agricultural Research ICAR & The World Bank, Defence Research and Development Organization DRDO, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences BRNS, India, Department of Biotechnology, India, The Swedish Research Council, Sweden, The Royal Academy of Engineering UK, EU-DST,HORIZON. Currently there are 35 research students in the department.
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CHEM F111 : General Chemistry
This course is aimed at providing an integrated overview of chemistry. Topics to be discussed will include: quantum theory; electronic structure of atoms and molecules; spectroscopy; chemical thermodynamics; chemical kinetics; stereochemistry; important classes of organic reactions such as nucleophilic aliphatic substitution, elimination, electrophilic addition, free radical addition; organic synthesis; chemistry of selected main group elements; coordination chemistry, etc.

CHEM C211 : Atomic and Molecular Structure

Elements of quantum theory; the Schrodinger equation; some exactly solvable models; angular momentum; hydrogen-like atoms; approximation methods; electronic structure of many-electron atoms; molecules-Valence Bond and molecular orbital theories; semi-empirical treatments-huckel theory; molecular spectroscopy.
CHEM C231 : Chemistry Project Laboratory *

The course includes projects involving laboratory investigation or laboratory development in chemistry. The course is normally available to students of second or higher level. The course must coterminate with a project report.
CHEM C232 : Chemistry of Organic Compounds

Electrophilic  and  nucleophilic  aromatic  substitution; nucleophilic additions to carbonyl compounds, aldol and related condensations; amines, malonic ester and acetoacetic ester synthesis; carbohydrates; orbital  symmetry  and  chemical  reactions; hetrocyclic compounds.
CHEM C311 : Chemical Kinetics

Discussion of reaction rate theory, kinetics and mechanism of various types of reactions, effect of temperature on reaction rates, energy of activation, theories of reaction rates and photochemistry.
CHEM C321 : Chemical Thermodynamics

Review of classical thermodynamics and an introduction to statistical mechanics with applications to chemical systems.
CHEM C322 : Quantum Chemistry

Review of the postulates of quantum mechanics and some exactly solvable potential problems; angular momentum; variation method; stationary state and time dependent perturbation theory; atomic structure: antisymmetry, determinantal wave functions, SCF method, coupling of angular momenta, spectra; symmetry: point groups, representations, direct product, projection operators; molecules – Born-Oppenheimer approximation, molecular Hartree Fock calculations, VB and MO theories: ab initio and semi empirical methods; symmetry and molecular spectra.
CHEM C331 : Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds

Structure & reactivity; oxidation and reduction, aliphatic nucleophilic substitution; aromatic substitution reactions; eliminations, addition to carbon heteromultiple bonds and rearrangements; stereo chemistry of cyclic compounds.
CHEM C332 : Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Retrosynthetic analysis, synthetic strategies, protecting groups, carbon-carbon bond forming reactions, functional group disconnection, carbon-carbon bond disconnection, ring annelation, multistep synthesis, synthetic equivalents, asymmetric synthesis.
CHEM C352 : Bonding in Inorganic Compounds

Point groups and molecular symmetry; uses of point group symmetry; ionic bonding; covalent bonding; valence bond and molecular orbital theories of simple compounds; electronegativity; VSEPR model; fluxional molecules; ionic and covalent solids; band theory; dipole related forces; hydrogen bonding; coordination compounds: VB, crystal field and MO theories, electronic spectra and magnetic properties.
CHEM C362 : Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds

Periodicity; periodic anomalies; p orbitals in pi bonding; d orbitals in non-metal chemistry: similarities and contrasts within a group, e.g., C-Si, N-P; chemistry of boron hydrides, aluminosilicates; hydrogen; acid-base concepts; hard and soft acids and bases; chemistry in aqueous and nonaqueous media; halogens and noble gases; coordination chemistry: different coordination numbers, chelation, isometrism and reactivity; chemistry of metals; introduction to bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry.
CHEM C391 : Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Principles and practice of modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis.  Emphasis on spectroscopic techniques such as UV-Visible, infrared, NMR (1H, 13C and other elements, NOE, correlation spectroscopies), ESR, atomic absorption and emission, photoelectron, Mossbauer, and fluorescence.  Other topics will include mass spectrometry, separation techniques, light scattering, electroanalytical methods, thermal analysis, and diffraction methods.
CHEM C411 : Chemical Experimentation

Specially designed for M.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry; cannot be taken by others under any circumstances. This laboratory course is designed only for M.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry students in order to develop competence in selected techniques of modern analytical chemistry.
CHEM C491 : Special Projects

Short-term research-based course.
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Our faculty have extensive experience in industry, research as well as teaching. Our strength is a reflection of their skills, innovation and drive.
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Department Highlights

Latest News

Guest Lecture on 24th April
Prof. K. George Thomas

Guest Lecture on 3rd April
Prof. Asit Kumar Chakraborti
IIT, Ropar

Guest Lecture on 24th March
Prof. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee
IISC, Bangalore

Guest Lecture on 27th February
Prof. Sarah Cook
University of Nottingham

Guest Lecture on 6th February
Prof. Biman Bagchi
IISC, Bangalore

Dr. Kiran Vankayala has received
SERB-DST start-up research grant

Guest Lecture on 28th November
Prof. A.T. Biju
IISC, Bangalore

Guest Lecture on 7th November
Prof. Gautam Kumar Lahiri
IIT, Bombay

Guest Lecture on 31st October
Prof. Harinath Chakrapani

Dr Aruna Chandra Singh
(our former Ph.D student from
the lab of Prof. Sunil Bhand)
appointed as post doc scientist
at Luxembourg Institute of
Science and Technology

Guest Lecture on 26th September
Prof. Saptarshi Mukherjee

Guest Lecture on 19th September
Prof. Rahul Banerjee

Dr. Arun Kumar Prusty & Dr. Madhurya
Chandel received their Ph.D Degree

Guest Lecture on 6th March
Prof. David William Lupton
Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Guest Lecture on 25th Feb
Prof. Anindya Datta, IITB

Guest Lecture on 30th Jan
Prof. Bin Xie
Lund, University, Sweden

Guest Lectures on 27th Jan
Prof. Nurit Ashkenasy and Prof. Gonen
Ashkenasy from Ben Gurion University, Israel

Conferences / Seminars / Talks

Upcoming Virtual Lectures:
 Guest Lecture 
Speaker: Prof. K George Thomas, IISER-TVM
Former Lectures:
SpeakerProf. A. K. Chakraborti, IIT Ropar
Guest Lecture (on 27th March, 2021) 
Speaker: Prof. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, IISC

Guest Lecture (on 6th February 2021)
Guest Lecture (on 28th November 2020) 
Guest Lecture (on 7th November 2020)

Guest Lecture (on 31st October 2020)

Guest Lecture (on 26th September 2020)
Guest Lecture (on 19th September 2020)
Guest Lecture (on 6th March 2020)
Prof. David William Lupton
Monash University, Victoria, Australia 
Guest Lecture (on 25th Feb 2020)
Guest Lecture (on 30th Jan 2020)
Prof. Bin Xie  from Department of Pure and
Applied Biochemistry,
Lund University, Sweden 
Guest Lectures (on 27th Jan 2020)
By Prof. Nurit Ashkenasy and
Prof. Gonen Ashkenasy from
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Upcoming Conferences in 2021
To be Announced......
Past Conferences (2016-2019)
NFCFA 2019 (20th-22nd December 2019)
Symposium on Recent Advancements  
in Chemical Sciences and RSC Research
Scholar Meet-2016
Guest Visits & Talks (2016 onward)
(24th September, 2019) Prof. C.V. Rode-NCL, Pune
(2nd June, 2018) Prof. Jean–Louis MARTY (University of Perpignan France)
(16th Jan, 2017) Prof. Davis Gracias, John Hopkins
University, Baltimore, USA
Department Weekly Seminar 
Faculty Seminar Series 2016

Guest Lectures 
 A talk by Dr. N.N.Rao, Chief Scientist, Wasterwater Technology
Division,CSIR-NEERI 26th Oct 2015
• A talk by Dr. Rampal Pandey on 28th Sep, 2015
from Dr. Harsingh Gour University, Sagar
Lectures by Dr. Kamlesh Pai Fondekar & Dr. Vidyadhar Jadav

Department / Faculty / Student Recent Activities/ Achievements

Congratulations Prof. Ranjan Dey and Ms. Sanyukta Jain for their recent publication in The Journal of Molecular Liquids, Elsevier (J. Mol. Liq., 2021, 333, 1159193).
Prof. Ranjan Dey was invited as a Resource Person in the UGC- MHRD sponsored Faculty Development Program(FDP) for an  Online Refresher Course in Chemistry- RECENT TRENDS IN CHEMISTRY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, organized by SGB University, Amravati,  23rd November - 4th December 2020. 

Outreach Activities

Visit of students from MES KVM College, Kerala 17th January 2020 (click photos)

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