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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 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
Lind, University, Sweden

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

Dr. Zigmee Bhutia & Dr. Aruna Chandra
Singh successfully defended their Ph.D Thesis
Viva. Congrats!

Dr. Uday Padidela & Dr. Debabrata Moitra
received their Ph.D Degree
during last convocation.Congrats!

Prof. Sunil Bhand receives Project
under SPARC scheme of MHRD
Govt of India jointly with
Lund University Sweden

Prof. Anjan Chattopadhyay receives
BRNS funded project

Prof. Halan Prakash receives a joint
EU-India project under
Horizon 2020 (EU)-DST, India

Ms. Krishna Kumari Swain
wins best poster award
Analytical Science at NCCCM

Conferences / Seminars / Talks

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 2020
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

Outreach Activities

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


Elective Courses running this Semester:
1. Polymer Chemistry CHEM F325
2.Supramolecular Chemistry CHEM F328
3. Electrochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications CHEM F327

Department / Faculty / Student Achievements

•Prof. N.N. Ghosh & Prof. Ranjan Dey are now Fellow of Royal Society, UK Congrats! 
Ms. Krishna Kumari Swain working under supervision of Prof. Sunil Bhand wins the best poster award at NCCCM, BARC Congrats! 
Dr. Atul Sharma, Dr. Barun Kumar GhoshDr. Shankar Dalavi, Dr. Pragnya Mishra were awarded Ph.D Degrees in the Convocation held on 5th of August 2018 Congrats! 
•Prof. Halan Prakash receives a joint EU-India project under Horizon 2020 (EU)-DST, India
•Prof. N.N. Ghosh receives ABG-BITS & DRDO Projects  
•Prof. RanjanDey visited (11/6/18-24/7/18) University of Cambridge under the University Immersion program of BITS-Pilani.
Prof. Mainak Banerjee visited the Department of Chemistry, University of Turin during 31-5-18 to 15-7-18 for a short-stay for research purpose
•Prof. Mainak Banerjee receives BRNS Project
-Estradiol in water” at the 4thInternational Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2017) jointly organized by SRM University, Chennai, India and Shizuoka University, Japan during 09-11 August 2017.

Dr. Mainak Banerjee has been introduced by TCI chemicals in their e-news letter League of Extraordinary  Chemists in Volume 13

Prof. Sunil Bhand has been appointed Senior Editor for the Journal “Science   Advances Today”

Prof. Sunil Bhand has been appointed as a DBT expert committee member in the area of Biosensor for the period 2015-16

Prof. Narendra Nath Ghosh has received “Outstanding Reviewer Status” Awarded by Materials Chemistry and Physics  

Prof. Anjan Chattopadhyay visited (May-July 2015) the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry group, University of Heidelberg, Germany under the University Immersion Program of BITS-Pilani 

Prof. Halan Prakash visited (June-July 2015) NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram Department of Materials Science and Technology , Functional Materials under the Industry Immersion Program of BITS-Pilani  

Prof. Ranjan Dey, attended the 19th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties in Colorado University, Boulder, Colorado, USA in June 2015 and presented a paper entitled "Transport, optical, interfacial, and thermodynamic properties of binary and ternary liquid mixtures"

Uday Kumar Padidela, Ph.D scholar, Dept. of Chemistry, has been awarded second prize at the One Day State Level Seminar on Advances in Colloid Chemistry for a poster organised by Department of Chemistry, Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Margao, Goa on 14th February 2015. Congrats!

•Paper of Prof. N N Ghosh, dept. of Chemistry has been awarded as Top cited paper for 2011 and 2012 by Catalysis Communications, Elsevier USA




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• Prof. Ranjan Dey has visited National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) Taipei, Taiwan as a Visiting Associate Professor in June-July 2016 and taught a   Summer Course for ME and Doctoral scholars of Chemical Engineering. During this period, he also visited Chung Yuan Christian University at Taipei (Taiwan), National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore. 

• Prof. Halan Prakash become the Guest Editor for the special issue on International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Processes, AOP-2016 at BITS-Pilani KK Birla Goa Campus, to be published in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Elsevier Publications.  

• Prof. Amrita Chatterjee is selected as Editorial board Panel member of RSC Advances

Prof. Sunil Bhand has been presented Joseph Wang Award 2015 by Cognizure in recognition of his outstanding research in Analytical Chemistry.

•Recent Conferences organized-NFCFA 2015 & AMAN 2016

Mr. Riddhish Pandharkar (Student M.Sc Chemistry) has won the silver medal (Second Prize) in poster presentation at NFCFA 2015

Prof. Narendra Nath Ghosh and Prof Gerard F Fernando have jointly received prestigious Newton Research  Collaboration award from  Royal Academy of Engineering,UK

Mr. Atul Sharma working under the supervision of Prof Sunil Bhand and co-Supervised by  Prof J-L Marty from University of Perpignan France completed successfully 1 year  Erasmus Mundus doctoral fellowship tenure at France 

Research Fellow,  received the “Best Paper Presentation award” for the research paper entitled “Quartz Crystal Nano-balance based immunosensor for detection of 17
Prof. Ranjan Dey, awarded the BSCA Maanpatra Sanman on 15th April 2017 at Allahabad, for distinction in the field of education for the year of 2016-17

Prof. Mainak Banerjee, Prof. P. Bhavana, Prof. R.N. Behera, Dr. K.P. Jayadevan & Prof. Amrita Chatterjee received SERB funding  Congrats!

 Multi-institute Consortium Project received funded by R.D. Tata Trust 

  Prof. Sunil Bhand PI from BITS Goa Congrats!

• Prof. Narendra Nath Ghosh has received Visiting Professorship from University of Leeds,        UK. Congrats!


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