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The Department of Chemistry was established in 1960. It is , since then, engaged in providing highest level and quality of academic education. The main focus of the teaching and research in the department is centered on interdisciplinary themes which have gained worldwide attention and appreciation.

This department features a 25 member faculty with expertise in frontier areas of research. Active research in the areas of asymmetric synthesis, heterocyclic synthesis, organometallic catalysis, organic functional materials, ion selective sensors, polymeric membranes, electro-organic chemistry of nucleosides/nucleotides, nanomaterials, photochemistry, extraction of heavy metals, resolution of therapeutic enantiomers, organotin compounds, protein sequencing, bioinorganic chemistry and origin of life, theoretical chemistry are being pursued. The faculty members have contributed towards the publication of over 10 books, several research papers and many patents in the last five years. There are about 20 research projects sponsored by various government organizations (MHRD, DST, CSIR, AICTE, DRDO, ISRO) and industries.

The chief mission of the department is to generate human resource of excellent quality, including chemists with high professional competence in interdisciplinary research encompassing biology, chemistry and physics, for national needs. One of the unique features of the post graduate education in the department is that it offers core courses in analytical chemistry and materials chemistry. The department offers three programs leading to the award of M.Sc. (2 yr post BSc; admission through JAM, and 5 year integrated M.Sc.; admission through JEE), and PhD degrees. M.Sc. students have a compulsory research project for a semester as partial fulfillment for the award of degree. In this period they learn methods to perform quality research in frontier areas.

The department is equipped with state-of-art instruments known and required to carry out modern day chemistry. The students are provided a comprehensive practical exposure to the various instrumental techniques required for their research.

  • 25 October, 2019
    Publication Highlight: Work of Prof. M. Sankar published in Dalton Transactions is featured in the back cover. Congratulations
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  • 29 August, 2019
    New Publication: Prof. Paritosh Mohanty published published a paper co-authoring with Ruchi Sharma, Ankushi Bansal and C.N. Ramachandran in Chemical Communications. Congratulations
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  • 20 August, 2019
    New Publication: Prof. Kalyan K. Sadhu published published a paper co-authoring with Shahbaz Ahmad Lone in Journal of Physcial Chemistry C. Congratulations
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  • ChemDay-2019: 6 May, 2019
    Department of Chemistry will be organizing the Chemistry Research Day (ChemDay-2019) on May 6, 2019. A detailed schedule is here.
  • 5 May, 2019
    New Publication: Prof. Prasenjit Kar published a paper co-authored with Parul Bansal in Chemical Communications.
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  • 25 Apr, 2019
    New Publication: Prof. D. Banerjee published a paper co-authored with Atanu Bera, Motahar Sk and Khushboo Singh in Chemical Communications.
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  • 22 Mar, 2019
    Congratulations to Prof. M. Sankar and his team for their recent publication in Green Chemistry.
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  • 18 Feb, 2019
    Congratulations to Ms. Ankita Joshi for receiving the Best Poster Award in the Theoretical Chemistry Symposium (TCS-2019).
  • 31 Jan, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Debasis Banerjee and team for their recent publication in Chemical Communications. This article is highlighted in the cover page. More details
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  • Ph.D. Viva: 08 August, 2019 at 2:00 PM
    Student: Ms. Ambika Pathak (14909001)
    Venue: Committee Room, Chemistry Department
    Supervisor: Prof. K. R. Justin Thomas
    Examiner: Prof. Rajneesh Misra
  • Ph.D. Viva: 13 August, 2019 at 3:00 PM
    Student: Mr. Shahbaz Ahmad Lone(14909044)
    Thesis Title: Gold based nanomaterials: biomolecule detection, drug release andcatalytic application
    Venue: C-103, Seminar Room, Chemistry Department
    Supervisor: Prof. Kalyan K. Sadhu
    Examiner: Prof. A. K. Ganguly

The Department of Chemistry at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee invites applications from highly motivated candidates for faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor in all disciplines with teaching interests in organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

The candidates should have cutting-edge research focus in one of the following organic chemistry areas supported by high quality research publications.

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Photochemistry
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Total synthesis / Natural Product Synthesis
  • Carbohydrate Chemistry

Prospective candidates having specialized research focus in one of the following physical chemistry areas are also encouraged to apply.

  • Electrochemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • NMR Spectroscopy

The candidate should have age preferably below 35 years.

He/She should have a strong research publication record with demonstrated independence/leadership in conducting cutting-edge research from post-doctoral experience at a prestigious institute.

Promising candidates will be called for presentation/interaction with the faculty members and students. Presentation will be on the research achievements and future directions. Elaborate discussion on future research endeavors supported by concepts and examples is expected from the candidate.

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For prospective faculty:

Prof. K. R. Justin Thomas
Head of Department
Phone: +91-1332-285218
For prospective Ph.D student:

Prof. R. K. Peddinti
DRC Chairman
Phone: +91-1332-285438
For general information:

Chemistry Office
Phone: +91-1332-284318
  • Chemistry Colloquium: 25-10-2019
    Prof. Francis D’Souza, Department of Chemistry and Material Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton 76203, TX, USA will deliver a lecture on October 25, 2019 at 11:00AM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Title: Boron-Dipyrromethene (BODIPY) - A Versatile Photosensitizer for Energy Harvesting, Singlet Oxygen Generation and Imaging Applications
  • Chemistry Colloquium: 16-10-2019
    Dr. Devendra Mani, Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Physical Chemistry II, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany will deliver a lecture on October 16, 2019 at 4:30PM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Title: Exploring and Steering Chemistry in Helium Nanodroplets
  • Chemistry Colloquium: 16-10-2019
    Dr. Abhishek Baheti, Post-doctoral fellow, School of Chemistry, The Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel will deliver a lecture on October 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM in the committee room.
    Title: Short Wavelength Inner Filter Technique (SWIFT) in Designing Reactive Fluorescent Molecular Probes
  • Chemistry Colloquium: 22-05-2019
    Dr. R. Balasaravanan, Postdoctoral speaker will deliver a lecture on May 22, 2019 at 4:30PM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Title: Design and Synthesis of Deep Blue Emitting Triplet Harvesting TADF/HLCT Chromophores for OLED
  • Chemistry Colloquium: 22-05-2019
    Pre-PhD synopsis of Mr. Piyush Tehri will be held on May 15, 2019 at 4:00PM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Thesis Topic: Regioselective synthesis of β-hydrosulfides, spirooxindoles and benzylidine succinimide-tethered propanones scaffolds
  • Invited Talk: 15-05-2019
    Dr. Himal Kanti Ganguly, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware, USA will deliver an invited talk on May 15, 2019 at 4:35PM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Title: Non-covalent interactions modulate protein conformations: Implications in Alzheimer’s Disease and Self-Association
  • Chemistry Colloquium: 15-05-2019
    Pre-PhD synopsis of Mr. Sourav Bagchi will be held on May 15, 2019 at 4:00PM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Thesis Topic: Synthesis of potent organic assemblies through multicomponent reactions
  • Invited Talk: 10-05-2019
    Prof. R. Ramaraj, CSIR Emeritus Professor, Madurai Kamaraj University will deliver an invited talk on May 10, 2019 at 4:30PM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Title: Modified Electrodes and Photoelectrocatalysis
    Abstract: Modified electrodes have been one of the most active areas of research in electrochemistry and photoelectrochemistry for the last four decades. Modified electrodes are prepared by using advanced approaches of adding a thin layer of redox active molecules on the electrode surface to change the redox properties of the unmodified electrodes. At a modified electrode, the immobilized redox active molecule accomplishes electrocatalysis/photoelectrocatalysis by transferring electrons from the electrode to the substrate in solution or from substrate to electrode. As with electrocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis is used in artificial photosynthetic apparatus. The interesting aspects of the modified electrodes include increased selectivity and sensitivity, chemical and electrochemical stability, and resistance to fouling. Modified electrodes continue to remain important tools in applied and fundamental science. The interest in modified electrodes during the 1980s resulted in the introduction of several redox-active mediators which found extensive applications in catalysis, sensors, solar energy conversion, molecular electronics, electrochromic displays and electroorganic synthesis.
    The unidirectional multi-step one-electron transfer process can be achieved at the modified electrodes with immobilized redox-active one-electron transfer molecules. Such a multi-step cannot be efficiently realized in a homogeneous solution. In recent years, the catalytically active nanomaterials attracted much attention and judiciously utilized to prepare modified electrodes to enhance efficiency and selectivity in catalysis, sensors and solar energy conversion.
    In our research group, we have developed novel modified electrodes to develop photoelectrocatalytic systems to achieve selective and efficient unidirectional electron flow using one-electron transfer catalytic molecules to realize multi-electron reduction and/or oxidation reactions mimicking the basic principle of photosynthesis and electron transfer processes in nature. We have developed photoelectrochemical and in-situ spectroelectrochemical techniques for the study of modified electrodes and photoelectrocatalysis.
  • Ph.D. Viva Voce Examination: 10-05-2019
    Ph.D. Viva Voce Examination of Ms. Komal Gupta will be conducted on May 10, 2019 at 11:00AM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Thesis Topic: Study of RNA-mediated fluorescing colloidal CdSe nanostructures – enhanced photophysics and morphological transformation induced by conformational change in RNA
  • Research Presentation: 8-05-2019
    Dr. Pavan Kumar Bosukonda, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK will present his research on May 8, 2019 at 4:30PM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Title: Buoyant Microcapsules: Simple motility to Complex Autonomous Behavior
    Abstract: Nature has always been a great source of inspiration for the design of artificial materials with improved hierarchical organization, superior properties and smart functions. In this age of artificial intelligence and smart systems, chemists are increasingly looking to design active and adaptive materials taking inspiration from the various biological processes and their self-regulatory mechanisms which make ‘life’ possible. In this talk, I will illustrate with an example of a microcapsule with an entrapped gas bubble whose motility is governed by buoyancy forces, how we can design complex autonomous behavior into relatively simple systems. Our results show that microcapsules can be propelled by an active control of buoyancy forces and this buoyant motility can be used to trigger chemical reactions, simulate self-sorting behavior in microcapsule communities and achieve complex oscillatory motility.
  • Chemistry Colloquium: 8-05-2019
    Pre-PhD synopsis of Mr. Abdulkadir Shube Hussen will be held on May 8, 2019 at 4:00PM in the new seminar room (C-103).
    Thesis Topic: Solvent Free Multicomponent Reactions for the Synthesis of Heterocyclic Scaffolds
  • For complete list of talks click here.

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