Department Of Chemistry

History

The Department of Chemistry was established in the year 1971at the inception of the college, headed by Prof. M.V. Gopalarathinam, who set the strong foundations for its growth. Postgraduate course in chemistry was introduced in the year 1986.In July 2012, the chemistry research lab was inaugurated by Dr.K.K.Balasubramanian, Retd. Prof., Chemistry, IIT (M). The department was recognized as a centre for research by University of Madras, for pursuing Ph.D in January 2013.

The major and minor research projects funded by DST and UGC have been carried out.The department organizes many conferences/seminars/symposia for the benefit of the students. An exhibition ‘POPSCI EXPO 2011’ an innovative dream project of Guru Nanak College was organized by all the science departments of the college during 18thand 19thAugust 2011.Eminent scientists and academicians from the premier national institutions have delivered lectures in the conferences. In 2016, Prof. SumioIIjima, discoverer of carbon nanotubes delivered his thought provoking lecture. The conferences were organized in collaboration with Anthem Biosciences, Sun Pharma and financially supported by the funding agencies like UGC, DST, DRDO, MNRE, TNSCST and Science city.

The department has an excellent academic record and has bagged several ranks from University of Madras at the UG and PG level for several years.Many of our alumni are holding prestigious positions in national, international universities and pharmaceutical industries.An endowment in the name of “Retired teachers of the department of chemistry” was launched by the alumni of the department during 2004. This endowment is utilized by the department to conduct endowment lectures and to give prizes for the toppers in UG and PG degree examinations.

Our faculty members have published papers in reputed journals and authored text books for both UG and PG classes.  The department has thus promoted the academic excellence and motivated the minds of young students.  All the members are highly dedicated in discharging their duties to the best satisfaction of the students.

Mission

  • Intended to enhance the quality of chemical education to meet the global demand via thorough learning, analytical and problem solving skills
  • To motivate the learners to take up research and contribute their outcome for needs of society
  • To encourage the faculty members to upgrade their knowledge by participating conferences & workshops and research
  • To extend MoU with leading industries, research laboratories/Universities

Vision

To educate the economically backward students, to uplift and encourage the students to build a bright career

Objective

  • To inculcate the systematic method of learning chemistry through highly focussedpractical
  • To enhance the creativity in learning chemistry among the learners using visual aids
  • To train the UG & PG students to excel them in the field of higher education/ research/ industry
  • To encourage the learners to participate in the teaching-learning process and to develop the leadership qualities
  • To acquire the applied knowledge in chemistry, industrial visits mandated

Program Outcomes

Students with B.Sc/M.Sc degree in chemistry may employed as

  1. Teachers 
  2. Research scholars/ Research Assistants
  3. Analyst in chemical analysts laboratories/ QC
  4. Trainee – scientists in R&D sectors
  5. Students may pursue Ph.D in universities abroad
  6. Lab technicians
  • The department has an excellent academic record and has bagged several ranks from University of Madras at the UG and PG level for several years. 
  • Many of them have qualified competitive exams like NET-CSIR, GATE, TRB, SET, etc. Most of them have been awarded JRF, Inspire fellowships. 
  • Our students also pursuing post-doctoral research programmes in renowned international institutions and have been awarded prestigious fellowships like Humboldt, etc. 
     

Staff Achievement

  • Staff members of this department are actively involved in various fields of research and publishing articles in peer reviewed national and international journals. 
  • A research fund Rs.45 lakhs have been generated through various funding agencies like DST, UGC, etc.
  • Simplified versions of books in the field of Group Theory and Pharmaceutical Chemistry have been published for the benefit of students.
  • Other than academics they have been recognised for other extension activities.
  • Prof. K.G.Sanjeevibabu was awarded best NSS co-ordinator by University of Madras.
  • Dr. M.Selvaraj is holding Syndicate membership, University of Madras.
  • R.M.Ezhilarasi has presented a paper in an international conference held at Malaysia.
  • Faculty members actively participate as members of various committees- board of studies, TNPSC board, selection board etc.

Student Achievement

  • The department has an excellent academic record and has bagged several ranks from University of Madras at the UG and PG level for several years.
  • Many of them have qualified competitive exams like NET-CSIR, GATE, TRB, SET, etc. Most of them have been awarded JRF, Inspire fellowships.
  • Our students also pursuing post-doctoral research programmes in renowned international institutions and have been awarded prestigious fellowships like Humboldt, etc.
  • Our alumni are holding prestigious positions in national, international universities and industries.

Department Association Activities

List of conferences conducted by the department

  1. National Seminar on ‘Recent Analytical and Characterisation Techniques’-4th January 2017
  2. National Conference on Innovations in Chemical Sciences, 3 days, 28 – 30 January 2016
  3. National Conference on Scientific Challenges for a Clean Environment – March2015
  4. National Conference on Popularisation of Chemical Sciences - January  2012 ( Sponsored by DST, UGC, TNSCST, Science City, Sun Pharma, Vadodara)
  5. National Conference on Material Chemistry- Feb 2011 ( Sponsored by DST, UGC, TNSCST, Science City, Sun Pharma, Vadodara)
  6. National Conference on Non-Conventional Energy Resources – Jan 2009 (Sponsored by MNRE,  TNSCST, Science City, Sun Pharma, Vadodara, BSNL, Chennai)
  7. National Conference on Recent Trends in Chemistry and Industry  - Dec 2004 (Sponsored by ALUMNI, Dept. Of Chemistry, Guru Nanak College)

Endowment Lectures:

The department organizes endowment lectures (launched by prominent Alumni of the department in the name of Retired Professors of Chemistry Department in 2005)every year.

2014-15

Name of Speaker

Position held

Topic

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Ismail, Ph.D., D. Sc.

(09.01.2015)

Director, Ecoscience Research Foundation, Chennai.

For earth’s sake

 

Dr. V. Subramanium (10.01.2015)

 

(Retd),Dept. of Chemistry,Pachaiyappa’s college ,Chennai.

Development in science

2015-16

Name of Speaker

Position held

Topic

Prof.S.Subramanian

(25.02.2016)

Associate Professor, Dept.ofBiochemistry,UNOM.

Role of free radicals in health and disease

Prof. V.Narayanan

(25.02.2016)

Associate Professor, Dept.of Inorganic chemistry,UNOM.

Nanomaterials and synthetic methods

2016 -17

Name of Speaker

Position held

Topic

Dr.A.Rangadurai

(24.10.2017)

Retd. Professor, Dept.of Chemistry, RKM Vivekanandha College.

Research strategies for success

Dr.S.Thennarasu

(24.10.2017)

Sr. Principal Scientist, Head, Organic &Bio organic chemistry, CLRI.

Chemo sensors for detection of toxic ions in environmental and biological samples

Special Lectures

  • Discoverer of Carbon Nanotubes,Prof. SumioIjima, Distinguished Professor, Meijo University, Japandelivered a lecture ‘How did I discover Carbon Nano Tubes?’ on 9th March 2017.
  • A talk on ‘Laboratory Safety and Handling of apparatus’ by Mr. Uma Shankar Varma, Manager- International Sales, Borosil Glass works Limited, Mumbai was organized on on 10th Jan 2017.

Field/Industry/Institution visits arranged for students:

  1. Visited ‘International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology’ at Paddappai of Kanchipuram district on 10th September 2016 - Knowledge acquired on GLP systems and working principles, application and data interpretation on instrumental methods of chemical analysis.
  2. Visited ‘National Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology’ University of Madras on 8th October 2017. They gathered practical knowledge and enhanced interpretation skill on Nanomaterial characterization tools/techniques.

Prominent Alumni

Name

Position

Place or Institution

Dr.D.Ramkumar

Asia Pacific Director

BASF, Japan

Dr.Sambasivam Ganesh

CSO

Anthem Biosciences, Bangalore

Dr.G.Manickam

Senior Manager

Syngene International Ltd., Bangalore

Dr.B.Venkatesh

Faculty

University of Michigan

Dr.T.K.Varadarajan

Deputy Director

DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Jabalpur

Dr.R.B.Govindan

Scientist

Brunschulen, Germany

Dr.D.Thirumalai

Manager

Taiwan

Dr.Ganeshwar Prasad

Senior Manager

EMERCK , USA

Dr.Vijayaraj

Scientist

USA

Mr.Lakshmipathy

Chief Manager

R&D, SriramFibres, Chennai

Mr.Sriram

Asst.Manager

Ranbaxy

Dr.C.V.Ramesh

Scientist

NewJersy

Dr.Aravind

Scientist

Syngene, bangalore

Dr.Kasturirangan

Scientist

USA

Dr.K.S.Ganesh

Senior Manager

Spectrosoft Tech. Ltd

Dr..C.S.Sivakumar

Scientist

R&D, AmrutanjanPvt.Ltd.

Research Projects Received

  1. Dr.M.Selvaraj: UGC major project – 10.50 lakhs: Oxidation Studies using solid supported reagents
  2. Dr.S.E.Noorjahan: DST-SERB – 23.20 lakhs:  Synthesis, characterization and Application of novel, amorphous, heterocyclic graft and cross linked copolymers of chitosan
  3. Dr.R.M.Ezhilarasi: UGC – 1.75 lakhs: Synthesis and bio-activity studies of novel heterocyclic compounds with cytosine
  4. Dr.R.Chitra: UGC- 1.34 lakhs: Synthesis, Characterization and antimicrobial studies of novel acrylic copolymers
  5. Mr.K.G.SanjeeviBabu: UGC – 4 lakhs: Synthesis and biological activities of pyrazoline derivatives with 1,3 – diketones
  6. Dr.A.Karthikeyani: UGC – 3.6 lakhs:  Synthesis of Nano Upconversion Materials

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Contact Details

chemistryshift1.hod@gurunanakcollege.edu.in