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 of Chemistry is one of the premier science departments of the College with a dedicated and dynamic group of teachers who are not only keen in imparting quality education to the students but are also actively engaged in research with subsequent publications in reputed scientific journals. Off late, the department has benefitted a lot from the grants of DSTFIST, UGCCPE as well as DBT-STAR College Programme and has developed a commendable Laboratory infrastructure for the benefit of the undergraduate students who are the budding scientist of future. The faculty members are eager to encourage the students for taking up research as their career and over the past ten years a large group of students, after graduating from the college, have studied in IIT/ IISc/ IISER and are now in research both in India and abroad. The faculty members are also actively involved in research and are publishing quality papers in reputed scientific journals quite regularly, using the instrumental facilities in the Central Research Unit developed by Rev. Dr. J. Felix Raj, Principal of the College.

The Department consists of eight 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.


  • 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.

Recent Departmental Activities:

  • A two day National level Symposium entitled 'Facets of Chemistry in Biology' FOCB-2016 was organized on 22nd -23rd February, 2016 as a part of the DBT STAR College Programme where there were six lecture sessions (12 scientific lectures) and a scientific Poster Session. The keynote lecture was delivered by Prof. Santanu Bhattacharya, Director, IACS Kolkata. Several other eminent scientists like Prof Sankar Rath (IITK), Prof. Anindya Dutta (IITB), Dr. Abhishek Dey (IACS, Kolkata), Dr. T. K. Pyne (IACS, Kolkata), Prof Amit Basak (IITKgp) also delivered their lectures in this National Symposium.
  • Prof Michele Zema, Project Investigator of International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and Dr. Saumyajit Ray of IISER, Kolkata had a meeting with the final year students on 21st September, 2015 and clarified the role of crystallography in modern day research in Chemistry.


Faculty Activities

Recent Publications of the faculty:

  1. Iridium (III) Mediated Reductive Transformation of Closed-Shell Azo-oxime to Open-Shell Azo-imine Radical Anion: Molecular and Electronic Structure, Electron Transferand Optoelectronic Properties
    Shuvam Pramanik, Sima Roy, Tapas Ghorui, Sanjib Ganguly* and Kausikisankar Pramanik*
    Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, 55(4), 1461-1468 (Impact Factor: 4.82)
  2. Enhancing the branching ratios in the dissociation channels O16O16O18 molecule by designing optimum laser pulses: A study using stochastic optimization.
    S. Talukdar, S. Sen, B. K. Shandilya, R. Sharma, P. Chaudhuri, S. Adhikari
    The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2015, 143(14), 144109.
  3. Coupled 3D time dependent wave-packet approach in hyper-spherical coordinates: The D+ + H2 reaction on the triple sheeted DMBE potential energy surface.
    S. Ghosh, T. Sahoo, S. Adhikari, R. Sharma, A. J. C. Verandas
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2015, 119(50), 12392-12403

Recent Presentation in the International/ National Conferences:

Dr. Sanjib Ganguly attended a three day International Symposium on Modern Trends in Inorganic Chemistry (MTIC XVI) from Dec, 03-05-2015 at the Jadavpur University, Kolkata & presented a scientific poster on his research.

Summer Research during May-June, 2016

  1. Molecular and Electronic structure of the closed shell Co(III) azo-oximes
    Supervisor: Dr. Sanjib Ganguly
    Students: Debarathi Das & Sreemoyee Chakraborty (3rd Year, UG outgoing from Bethune College, Kolkata
  2. Luminescent Nickel(II) Pyridyl-azo-oximates: Characterization, Molecular and Electronic Structure.
    Supervisor: Dr. Sanjib Ganguly
    Students: Priyanka Gharai (pursuing M.Sc in ISM, Dhanbad)
  3. Effect of heavy ions on the Excited State Intramolecular Proton Transfer (ESIPT) emission of 3-hydroxynaphthoic acid- A complete spectroscopic Study.
    Supervisor: Dr. Rina Ghosh
    Students: Pritha Bhattacharya (3rd Year, UG outgoing student of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata)
  4. Interaction between oppositely charged polymer-surfactant pair: NaPSS- CTAB.
    Supervisor: Dr. Indranil Chakraborty
    Students: Sukanya Ghosh (pursuing M.Sc in ISM, Dhanbad)

Teacher Student ratio

For Honours : 7 : 50 per semester

For Pass Course : 7: 100 per semester

Performance and Placement

First Batch (under Autonomy) -

About 80 % of the total class strength appeared for the IIT admission test (JAM). About 7 students are attending classes in IIT Kharagpur, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai.

3 students have joined Delhi University.

About 4 students have been absorbed in ISM Dhanbad.

About 8 students have joined PG course at Jadavpur University.

About 5 students have opted for Biochemistry/Biotechnology under CU and 2 others are pursuing the same course at Bangalore.

About 5 students have joined PG course at Narendrapur (RKM).

About 3-4 students have joined Barasat University and 2 students are at Bardhaman University.

On the whole, about 95 % students are pursuing PG courses at Institutes and Universities all over India and abroad.