One among the very first statutory departments constituted by the Mahatma Gandhi University, the academic programmes of the School of Chemical Sciences (SCS) were initiated from the very inception of the University. Known initially as Department of Polymer Chemistry which offered only one MSc programme, SCS has now diversified and widened its academic activities realizing the significance and the need for the development of all aspects of teaching and research in chemistry. At present the School offers four different MSc programs, Integrated MSc-PhD program in Polymer Science and Technology along with MPhil and PhD programmes covering all branches of chemistry and polymer science.
The School, since its inception, has been making a steady progress in all spheres of activity and has academic programmes spread in four broad divisions namely ;
• Inorganic Chemistry • Organic Chemistry • Physical Chemistry • Polymer Science
The MSc program provides a unique opportunity for the students to take up a research project in any of the National Laboratories or R & D institutes of their choice as part of their fourth semester course. MTech students are sent out abroad for one year as part of their project work.
• MSc (Inorganic Chemistry), MSc (Organic Chemistry), MSc (Physical Chemistry), MSc (Polymer Science), Integrated MSc-PhD Programme, MTech in Polymer Science & Technology, MPhil (All Branches in Chemistry) and PhD (All Branches in Chemistry).
The admission for the MSc and MTech programs are based on an all round performance in a national level entrance examination. Admission to MPhil programme is based on the marks of the qualifying examination, entrance examination and a subject interview. The admission for PhD is based on a national level entrance examination or on NET performance and a subject interview.
All the faculty members are actively involved in research activities as is evident from the publications that appear in major national and international journals. The major thrust areas of the faculty include: Bio- inorganic Chemistry, Asymmetric Synthesis & Catalysis, Soft Chemistry, Nano Materials Usages, Propellant Chemistry, Organic Photochemistry, Lanthanide chemistry, Polymeric reagents and catalysts, Polymer blends, Organic Synthesis Photochemistr y, Thermoplastic Elastomers, Heterogeneous Catalysts, Bio-sensors, Reagents in Organic Synthesis, Theoretical Organic Chemistry, Enzyme Modelling, Solid State & Materials Chemistry, Organic- Inorganic Hybrid Materials, Nano Materials and Interface Chemistry, Peptide Synthesis, Coordination Chemistry, Polymer- metal Composites, Polymer Nano Composites, Polymer Membranes, Biomedical Applications, Interpenetrating Networks, Radiation Chemistry, Fast Reaction Kinetics, Conducting Elastomers and Polymers, Imprinted Polymers, Solid Phase Synthesis of Biologically Active Polymers, Self Avoiding Random Walk Model and Computational Chemistry.
There are now more than 70 research students pursuing their PhD work in the School. Over 230 students have completed their PhD from this School so far. This School has created a reputation in the field of postgraduate teaching and research in frontier areas of Chemical Sciences and Technology. More than 1000 research papers have been published in internationally referred journals. Six US patents have been granted for the work carried out in the department. It is a commendable achievement that the faculty members of this department have thirty one Indian/US/UAE patents issued/under process.Interdisciplinary special lecture programmes seminars and workshops are being regularly conducted at the School of Chemical Sciences.
The School has 10 research laboratories in varying areas of research. All faculty members are actively involved in research activities and School is receiving grants from various funding agencies such as UGC, DST, DBT, CSIR, BRNS, STEC, KSCSTE, AICTE, NSC and other international agencies. State-of-the-art instruments required to pursue research in different areas of Chemistry like Raman Spectrometer, Surface Analyser, Microwave Reactor, TG/DTA, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)/EDAX, Polarising optical microscopy, Abrader, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Dynamic mechanical Analysis (DMA), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Elemental Analyser, High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Universal Testing Machine(UTM), Fourier Trans-form Infrared spectroscopy(FT-IR), Gas chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GCMS), Contact Angle Meter, Rheometer, Fluorimeter, UV-vis. Spectrophotometer, HR-TEM and Impact Tester.
Academic Data (2010-2015)
• Total Publications in Journals : 1198 • Publications in Journals (2010-15) : 235 • Patents US/Indian/UAE for faculty • awarded/applied : 8 • Books published : 53 • Book chapters published : 64 • PhD's awarded : 58
M.Tech. Polymer Science & Technology Programme 2015-’16