NIHIL ULTRA: Nothing Beyond

Department of Chemistry (B.Sc.)

Dr. Sanjib Ganguly M.Sc., Ph.D.
Head of the Department

B. Sc. Chemistry

The Department consists of seven full time faculty members and the teaching methods employed are in the form of classroom lectures, visual mode using power point presentation as well as practical classes. The theoretical papers in the UG course consist of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry in the first four semesters while in the fifth and sixth semesters, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry are also introduced. The Practical course includes Inorganic Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Inorganic Synthesis, Organic Qualitative and Synthesis, Physical Chemistry Experiments, Biochemistry and Analytical Practical, Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Computer Programming & its application to Chemistry.

The Department has taken a big leap forward to introduce as a part of its curricular activity ‘Instrumental Method of Analysis’ and ‘Computer Programming with application in Chemistry’ in order that the UG students can make use of the instrumental facilities at the Central Research Unit and the computation facilities of the College . In an effort to motivate the students and expose them to contemporary research, the department organizes a National level Symposium every year, where renowned scientists from different parts of India participate and deliver scientific lectures. In addition, ‘beyond curricular’ classrooms lectures are also organized and the students get an opportunity to interact with the eminent scientists.

Infrastructure:

  • Spectrophotometer
  • Spectro-fluorimeter
  • Cyclic Voltammeter
  • Tensiometer
  • Spectro-colorimeter
  • Melting point apparatus
  • HP Workstation (24 Core)
  • Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus (vertical)
  • Rotary Evaporator with chiller and vacuum pump
  • Modern Fume Hood
  • Oil bath with temperature control
  • Heating mantle, magnetic stirrer, steam bath
  • Digital Balance (4 Digit) , Digital Balance (3 Digit)
  • TLC Apparatus
  • Multiple suction pump
  • Conductivity meter, pH meter
  • Hot air oven, Centrifuge
  • Computer Server
     

Student Activities

Every year, a significant number of students qualify the JAM for pursuing M. Sc. in IITs, IISc. Bangalore, IISERs as well as in other Universities of repute like Banaras Hind University, School of Chemistry Hyderabad, Calcutta University, Jadavpur University and so on. Many of our ex-students are currently in research leading to Ph. D. in the following institute in abroad and India:

  1. Stanford University
  2. University of Chicago
  3. University of Florida
  4. Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata
  5. Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore
  6. National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
  7. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCSAR), Bangalore
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)
  9. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  10. Calcutta University
  11. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD)
  12. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITKgp)
  13. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Bhopal.
     

Departmental Activities:

  • An International Seminar on "Facets of Chemistry in Biology, FOCB-2017 was organized by the Department on 12th January, 2017 at the Fr. Depelchin Auditorium. Prof. Vincent Artero, Prof. Samuel de Visser, Prof Niclai Lehnart, Prof Kallol Ray, Dr. Somdatta Ghosh Dey and Dr. Saumyajit Ray were among the speakers.
  • Prof Gautam Desiraju, the outgoing President of the International Union of Crystallography visited St. Xavier’s College and delivered a popular lecture on 6th March, 2017.
  • Dr. Pralay Kanti Santra of Soft Matter Chemistry, Bangalore delivered a classroom lecture to the third year students of Chemistry on 30th January, 2017.
  • Prof Craig Hill, the pioneer of polyoxometallate chemistry addressed the Chemistry students on 18th May, 2017.
     

 

Faculty Activities

Recent Publications of the faculty:

  1. Luminescent Closed Shell Nickel(II) Pyridyl-azo-oximates and the Open Shell Anion Radical Congener: Molecular and Electronic Structure, Ligand Redox and Biological Activity
    New. J. Chem., 2017, 41, 4157-4164. (Impact Factor: 3.277)
    Shuvam Pramanik, Suhana Dutta, Sima Roy, Soumitra Dinda, Tapas Ghorui, Arup Kumar Mitra, Kausikisankar Pramanik* and Sanjib Ganguly*
  2. Iridium(III) Mediated Reductive Transformation of Closed-Shell Azo-oxime to Open-Shell Azo-imine Radical Anion: Molecular and Electronic Structure, Electron Transfer and OptoelectronicProperties"
    Inorg. Chem., 2016, 55(4), 1461-1468. (Impact Factor: 4.82)
    Shuvam Pramani, Sima Roy,Tapas Ghorui, Kausikisankar Pramanik* and Sanjib Ganguly*
  3. Coupled 3D time-dependent quantum wave packet study O+ OH reaction in hyperspherical coordinates on the CHIPR potential energy surface.
    Chem. Phys. Lett., 2017, 675, 85-91. (Impact Factor: 1.815)
    Sandip Ghosh, Rahul Sharma, Satrajit Adhikari and Antonio JC Varandas
     

Books Published

  • Physical Chemistry (Volume 1), Publisher: Mcgrawhill Education
    Dr. A. K. Nag
     

Recent Presentation in the International/ National Conferences:

  1. Dr. Sanjib Ganguly delivered a lecture at the Asian Meeting on Metal Oxide Assemblies (AMMOA 2017), May 9-10, 2017 at IISER, Kolkata.
  2. Dr. Sanjib Ganguly attended and presented a poster at the National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Chemistry (ETC- 2017), February 15, 2017
  3. Dr. Sanjib Ganguly delivered a lecture at the International Symposium on Advanced Biological Inorganic Chemistry, SABIC-2017, January 7- 11, 2017 at the Stadel Kolkata
     

Summer Research during May-June, 2017

  1. Molecular and Electronic structure of the Rh(III)azo-oximes
    Supervisor: Dr. Sanjib Ganguly
    Students: Arijit Dasgupta (pursuing M. Sc. at the Amity University) & Ayona Goswami
  2. Luminescent Nickel(II) Pyridyl-azo-oximates: Characterization, Molecular and Electronic Structure & Ligand Redox.
    Supervisor: Dr. Sanjib Ganguly
    Students: Gaurav Ranjan Dey (pursuing M.Sc in University of Hyderabad) & Paulami Chakrabarty
  3. Low Temperature phosphorescence studies with ESIPT probe 3HNA
    Supervisor: Dr. Rina Ghosh
    Students: Sreya Brahmachari & Ambika Basu (outgoing 3rd year student of St. Xavier’s College)
  4. Study of energy transfer in ternary systems: BSA: Drug: Europium salts
    Supervisor: Dr. Rina Ghosh
    Student: Priyanka Mukherjee
  5. Application of Simulated Annealing in a theoretical mass action model for non-ionic surfactants.
    Supervisor: Dr. Rahul Sharma
    Students: Soumik Ghosh, Aniket Mandal, Rajat Majumdar
  6. Application of particle swarm optimization random mutation hill climbing hybrid algorithm for searching reaction path for simple systems.
    Supervisor: Dr. Rahul Sharma
    Student: Sumaiya Tasnim
     

Teacher Student ratio

For Honours : 7 : 50 per semester

For Pass Course : 7: 100 per semester

Performance and Placement

Every year, a significant number of students qualify the JAM for pursuing M. Sc. / Int. Ph. D. in IITs, IISc. Bangalore, IISERs as well as in other Universities of repute like Banaras Hind University, School of Chemistry Hyderabad, Calcutta University, Jadavpur University and so on. Many of our ex-students are currently in research leading to Ph. D. in the following institute in India and abroad:

  1. Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata
  2. Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore
  3. National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
  4. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCSAR), Bangalore
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)
  6. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  7. Calcutta University
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD)
  9. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITKgp)
  10. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Bhopal.