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 introduced 'Instrumental Method of Analysis' and 'Optimization of structures of simple molecules/ bio-molecules by using DFT' in the Skill Enhancement Course of the new CBCS curriculum. In addition, there is 'Computer Programming with application in Chemistry' in a DSE paper. In a incessant endeavour to inspire the students and expose them to contemporary research, the department organizes both International as well as National level Seminars every year, where renowned scientists from different parts of India and abroad participate and deliver scientific lectures. Furthermore, 'Beyond Curricular Classrooms Lectures' are also organized, particularly for the third year students and this gives them an opportunity to interact with the eminent scientists and professors.
 

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.
     

Recent Departmental Activities/ Seminars:

  • National Seminar entitled "Modern Research Trends in Chemistry, MRTC-2019" organized jointly with the Royal Society of Chemistry (Eastern India Section) on February 22-23, 2019.
  • International Seminar entitled "Chemistry in Modern day Cancer Research, CMCR-2019" on January, 8th 2019.
  • International Seminar entitled "Chemistry & its Role in Environmental Biology, CREB-2018" held on June 20th 2018.
  • National Symposium entitled "Facets of Chemistry in Materials & Biology, FOCMB-2018" on February 16- 17, 2018.
  • International Symposium entitled "Facets of Chemistry in Biology, FOCB-2017" on January 12th, 2017.
  • National Seminar entitled "Facets of Chemistry in Biology, FOCB-2016" on February 22-23rd, 2016.
  • Prof. Gautam Desiraju (IISc Bangalore), the outgoing President of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) visited St. Xavier's College and delivered a popular lecture on 6th March, 2017.
  • Dr. Pralay Kanti Santra (Centre of Nano & Soft Matter Sciences, Bangalore) delivered a classroom lecture to the third year students of Chemistry on 30th January, 2017.
  • Prof Craig Hill (Emory University, Atlanta, USA) addressed the Chemistry students on 18th May, 2017.

 

Recent Faculty Activities

Recent Publications of the faculty members:

  1. Rhodium(III) complex with pyrene-pyridyl-hydrazone: synthesis, structure, ligand redox, spectral characterization and DFT calculation.
    J. Chem. Sci. 2019, 131(3), 24 (doi.org/10.1007/s12039-019-1598-5)
    Soumitra Dinda, Sarat Chandra Patra and Sanjib Ganguly*
  2. Synthesis, X‑ray crystal structure, DFT calculations, spectroscopic characterization and redox behaviour of a rhodium(III) complex of an anthracene-pyridylhydrazone ligand.
    Transition Met. Chem. 2019, 44, 0000 (doi.org/10.1007/s11243-018-00300-4)
    Soumitra Dinda, Sarat Chandra Patra, Bikash Kumar Panda and Sanjib Ganguly*
  3. Convergent Synthesis of Novel Mono- and Di-substituted 1,2-Isopropylideneglucofuranose Appended Dendrimerswith a Ferrocene Coreand their Electrochemical Studies.
    Syn. Lett. 2018, 29, 1367-1372
    Ankur Ray, Sabiha Khan
  4. 3D time-dependent wave packet approach in hyper spherical coordinates for the H + O2 reaction on the CHIPR and DMBE IV potential energy surfaces.
    Sandip Ghosh, Rahul Sharma, Satrajit Adhikari, A. J. C. Varandas
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2018, 20(1), 478-488.
  5. 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*
  6. 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.
    Sandip Ghosh, Rahul Sharma, Satrajit Adhikari and Antonio JC Varandas
  7. 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*
     

Recent Presentation in the International/ National Conferences:

  1. Dr. Sanjib Ganguly was a Resource Person in UGC CPE funded State Level Workshop on "Refreshing Chemistry for Biologist" on December 14, 2017 at the BRSN College.
  2. Dr. Sanjib Ganguly delivered a lecture at the Asian Meeting on Metal Oxide Assemblies (AMMOA 2017), May 9-10, 2017 at IISER, Kolkata.
  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
     

Performance and Placement of Students

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. Johns Hopkins University
  2. Harvard Medical School
  3. University of Chicago
  4. Max Plank Institute of Colloid and Interfaces
  5. University of Delaware
  6. New York University
  7. University of California, Berkeley
  8. University of California, Irvine
  9. Indiana University
  10. Ohio University
  11. Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata
  12. Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore
  13. National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
  14. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCSAR), Bangalore
  15. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)
  16. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  17. Calcutta University
  18. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD)
  19. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITKgp)
  20. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Bhopal.

 

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