• 92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata - 700 009

Department of Chemistry

History

Year of Establishment : 1914 (1886 in Presidency Campus)

History of the department : With the progress of time, the Department of Chemistry of the University of Calcutta has experienced a remarkable development and has grown into one of the topmost national teaching and research centers in Chemistry. As a pioneer of academic deliberation and research activity, the department has greatly contributed to produce talents who are leading the national and global scenario. It is well-known that this department started functioning since the foundation of the University College of Science, and the foundation stone was laid by the great visionary Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee,  the then Vice-Chancellor, on 27th March 1914. Prior to this, the post-graduate classes in Chemistry had been conducted at Presidency College. The University College of Science at 92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata (now renamed as Rashbehari Siksha Prangan) undertook the program of teaching the subjects of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in 1914. The newly-established University College of Science was aided generously by the great philanthropists and nationalists of that time, particularly Sir Rashbehari Ghosh, Sir Tarak Nath Palit and Kumar Guruprasad Singh of Khaira. This institute, in turn, took a vital role in the spreading of science education and research throughout the subcontinent. Teaching and research in Chemistry at our department was initiated by Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Profulla Chandra Mitter, Jnan Chandra Ghosh and Jnanendra Nath Mukherjee. Among other eminent personalities who joined the department later and enriched its scholarly activities were Jogendra Chandra Bardhan, Priyadaranjan Ray, Pulin Behari Sarkar, Bhupendra Nath Ghosh, Prafulla Kumar Bose, Jnanendra Nath Roy, (Mrs.) Asima Chatterjee, Sadhan Basu, etc.

Our department has a long tradition of carrying out high-quality research in several areas of Chemistry. Outstanding contributions have been made in the fields of Natural Product Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Heterocyclic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. In addition, emphasis is being given to several frontiers of chemistry like Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis, Synthetic Methodology, Selective Bond Activation, Drug Development from Natural Products, Green Chemistry, Surfactant Chemistry, Fabrication of Organic and Inorganic Materials, Organic Electronics, Photochemistry, Carbohydrate Chemistry, Protein Engineering, Bio-Organic, Bio-Inorganic and Bio-Physical Chemistry, Crystal Engineering, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, etc. Collaborative research activities are also going on with intra-departmental and inter-departmental faculty members of this university, sister Universities and research institutes in India and abroad.

In recognition of the contributions made by the department towards research, the University Grants Commission selected it to operate a Special Assistance Program on Natural Products in 1972. Since 1987, this had been upgraded to a venture of Advanced Studies of Natural Products. An UNESCO-UNDP program operated in the Department for a number of years. A COSIST program (UGC) operated during the period 1995-1999 in the thrust areas of Photo-Physical Studies, Coordination Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. In 2000, the Department started a DST-FIST program and had successfully completed the project; subsequently, a new DST-FIST project was sanctioned of about rupees two crore which was a major boost up for instrument facility in this Department. We have also received UPE UGC scheme for GC-MS instrument. Several theory groups of the department have now the state-of-the-art computational facilities.  Internet facilities are available all over the Department and its upgradation to ultrafast optical fiber networking system is also completed.  Recently, the department has been recognized as a UGC-Center for Advanced Studies for the fifth time [CAS(V)] in Chemistry with a grant of more than 3 crore rupees.

The Department is quite well-equipped with several sophisticated instruments for research. These include 300 MHz NMR (Bruker), single crystal XRD (Bruker), GC-MS (Perkin Elmer), FT-IR Spectrophotometer, Fluorescence Life-Time Measurement, Fluorimeter (Perkin Elmer), UV-vis Spectrophotometer (Hltachi), HPLC (Shimadzu), Polarimeter (Perkin Elmer), UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometers (Perkin Elmer), React IR (Mettler Toledo), DLS (Malvern), Dye Laser, Nd-YAG Laser, ESI-MS (Waters) and many others.

From the academic session 2007-2009, the Department has introduced a Semester System with a major modification in the M. Sc. curriculum and examination system. New courses like Modern Spectroscopic techniques, Nano-Chemistry, Advanced Synthetic strategies, Green Chemistry, Molecular Magnetism, Computational Chemistry, Statistical and Numerical methods, Bio-Inorganic, Bio-Organic, Bio-Physical and Bio-Analytical Chemistry have been introduced, along with the project works and seminar presentations. Our M. Sc. students are performing excellently well in national competitive examinations such as NET (UGC-CSIR) and GATE (IIT). Some are also qualifying the GRE regularly to join the Ph. D. programs abroad every year. Our department has also adopted the UGC norms for the Ph. D. registration of the Research Scholars by introducing a one semester course work. International symposiums were organized in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and one National Symposium has been organized in 2016. A number of books and a large number of scientific papers (> 100 per year) are published in the international journals of Nature Publishing Groups, American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, Wiley, Royal Society of Chemistry, Science Direct etc. each year.

Our faculty members are highly recognized for their contribution in academics. In recent years several members of our faculty have been rewarded by the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) and one of our faculty members has been rewarded by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), DST, India.

Our department has taken appropriate initiative to commemorate the pioneering contributions made by Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, who started Chemistry research in India. A museum was set up in 1997 in the historic room of the department in which he used to live and work.

In all its endeavor, the department strives to live up to the lofty ideals set up by its founders, and the eminent personalities who helped it thrive.

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body : UGC Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) for consecutive five times

Academic

Faculty members :

Name Designation Area of specialisation Email Phone number
Debasis Mukhopadhyay
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Professor, HOD Physical Chemistry dm.chem.cu@gmail.com 9831351332
Prof. Kamal Bhattacharyya
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Professor Physical Chemistry kbchem@caluniv.ac.in 9433477217
Prof. Syamal Chakrabarti
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Professor Physical Chemistry scchem1957@gmail.com 9433228010
Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh
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Professor Analytical Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry ghosh59@Yahoo.com 9433344484
Prof. Chaitali Mukhopadhyay
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Professor Physical Chemistry cmchem@caluniv.ac.in 9831195624
Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay
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Professor Organic Chemistry cmukhop@yahoo.co.in 9433019610
Prof.  Asish Ranjan Das
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Professor Organic Chemistry ardchem@caluniv.ac.in 9433120265
Prof. Animesh Pramanik
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Professor Organic Chemistry animesh_in2001@@yahoo.co.in 9830107470
Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta
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Professor Inorganic Chemistry sm_cu_chem@yahoo.co.in 9833883751
Prof. Debasis Das
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Professor Inorganic Chemistry dasdebasis2001@yahoo.com 9830345023
Prof. Nikhil Guchhait
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Professor Physical Chemistry nguchhait@yahoo.com 8013468082
Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti
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Professor Organic Chemistry dkmchem@caluniv.ac.in 9433379965
Prof. Susanta Sekhar Adhikari
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Professor Organic Chemistry ssachem@caluniv.ac.in 9433352273
Prof. Pinaki Choudhury
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Professor Physical Chemistry pinakc@rediffmail.com 9831351332
Dr. Kaliprasanna Dhara
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Associate Professor Organic Chemistry kali.dhara@gmail.com 9433166973
Dr. Debabrata Mandal
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Associate Professor Analytical Chemistry/ Physical Chemistry mandaldeb@yahoo.com 9732099347
Dr. Swapan Chakrabarti
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Associate Professor Physical Chemistry swapanchem@ yahoo.co.in 9830057562
Dr. Kamalika Sen
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AssistantProfessor Analytical Chemistry kamalchem.roy@gmail.com 9163295148
Dr. Sanchita Goswami
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Assistant Professor Inorganic Chemistry sgchem@caluniv.ac.in 9433125290
Dr. Tanushree Sanyal (Bala)
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Assistant Professor Physical Chemistry tanushreebala@gmail.com 9903484354
Dr. Subhas Samanta
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Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry subhastp@gmail.com 9732739595
Dr. Kuntal Pal
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Assistant Professor Inorganic Chemistry kuntalpal1@gmail.com 9647611764
Dr. Smritimoy Pramanik
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Assistant Professor Analytical Chemistry spchem@caluniv.ac.in 9836572051
Dr. Ramananda Maity
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Assistant Professor Inorganic Chemistry maityramananda@gmail.com 8967281946
Dr. Mijanur Rahaman Molla
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Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry mija.chem@gmail.com
mrmchem@caluniv.ac.in
9239018512

Courses

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.Sc.(Chemistry) Master degree Graduate with Honours  in Chemistry with minimum 55%  of marks in Chemistry (decided by admission committee and that may vary from year to year). 74 (Seventy four)
Ph.D.(Science) Doctoral degree M.Sc. followed by qualification in RET(Research Eligibility Test), following UGC criteria. Not Applicable

Research

Research scholars:

Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Debanjana Biswal Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Syamal Chakrabarti 11.05.2015
Dr. Sanjib Giri Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Dr. Kisholoy Bhattacharya Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Dr. Oindrita Das Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Dr. Subrata Jana Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Dr. Rupam Sen Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Dr. Maharudra Chakraborty Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Soumava Ghosh Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh 11.01.2013
Prithwish Mahapatra Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Avijit das Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Monotosh Mondal Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Sayantan Ganguly Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Alokesh Hajari Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Tanmoy Kumar Ghosh Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Sabarni Dutta Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Souvik Maity Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Pampa Mukherjee Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh  
Sharmistha Dhatt Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Kamal Bhattacharyya  
Swagata Halder Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Chaitali Mukhopadhyay 18.06.2013
Zarrin Shahzadi Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Chaitali Mukhopadhyay 27.05.2016
Dr. Mousumi Banerjee Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Chaitali Mukhopadhyay  
Bhaswati Bhattacharyya Organic Chemistry Dr. Kaliprasanna Dhara 16.03.2011
Arijit Kundu Organic Chemistry Dr. Kaliprasanna Dhara 08.12.2014
Aniruddha Das Organic Chemistry Dr. Kaliprasanna Dhara 08.04.2016
Prasun Mukherjee Organic Chemistry Prof. Asish Ranjan Das 13.10.2014
Nazia Kausar Organic Chemistry Prof. Asish Ranjan Das 14.10.2014
Moumita Saha Organic Chemistry Prof. Asish Ranjan Das 16.02.2016
Dr. Dinesh Maity Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta  
Dr. Arpita Jana Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta  
Leena Mandal Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta 11.01.2013
Priyanka Chakraborty Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta 11.01.2013
Shuvankar Mandal Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta 31.03.2014
Shuvayan Roy Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta 13.02.2015
Sagar Ghosh Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta 25.05.2015
Nairita Hari Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Sasankasekhar Mohanta 23.07.2015
Dr. Soumen Sarkar Organic Chemistry Prof. Animesh Pramanik  
Kamalesh Debnath Organic Chemistry Prof. Animesh Pramanik 21.02.013
Chandan Bodhak Organic Chemistry Prof. Animesh Pramanik 30.12.2015
Sayan Muhkerjee Organic Chemistry Prof. Animesh Pramanik  
Subhro Mandal Organic Chemistry Prof. Animesh Pramanik  
Tania Kundu Organic Chemistry Prof. Animesh Pramanik  
Dr. Santinath Sarkar Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Subasish Samai Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Tista Sengupta Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Uttam K. Das Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Tuluma Das Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Enakshi Dinda Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Ramprasad Ghosh Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Sanghamitra Atta Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Sudipta Ray Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Dripta De Joarder Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dr. Palash Dutta Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Nabyendu Pramaniki Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Dipanwita Roy Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Subhadeep Ghosh Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Radha Madhab Laha Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti 19.02.2015
Ramij Raja Mondal Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti 13.02.2015
Sudipto Debnath Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti 20.04.2016
Debasish Ghosh Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Rajendra Nath Mitra Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti 16.02.2016
Tanmoy Ghosh Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Rituparna Maiti Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Tania Saha Organic Chemistry Prof. Dilip Kumar Maiti  
Rajib Sarkar Organic Chemistry Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay 05.04.2013
Piyali Sarkar Organic Chemistry Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay 18.07.2013
Animesh Mondal Organic Chemistry Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay 14.10.2014
Kajal De Organic Chemistry Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay 22.04.2015
Pampa maiti Organic Chemistry Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay  
Priya Mandal Organic Chemistry Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay  
Soumyadip Basu Organic Chemistry Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay  
Rajiv Karmakar Organic Chemistry Prof. Chhanda Mukhopadhyay  
Priyanka Kundu Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Debasis Das 10.03.2014
Suranjana Purkait Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Debasis Das 13.02.2015
Ishani Majumder Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Debasis Das 25.05.2015
Sanchari Dasgupta Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Debasis Das 01.02.2016
Aratrika Chakraborty Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Debasis Das 01.02.2016
Tanmoy Chakraborty Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Debasis Das  
Arnab Mandal Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Debasis Das  
Soumen Ghosh Physical Chemistry Prof. Nikhil Guchhait 08.08.2013
Aniruddha Ganguly Physical Chemistry Prof. Nikhil Guchhait 19.09.2013
Arghyadeep Bhattacharyya Physical Chemistry Prof. Nikhil Guchhait  
Subhash Chandra Makhal Physical Chemistry Prof. Nikhil Guchhait  
Riya sett Physical Chemistry Prof. Nikhil Guchhait  
Swagata sen Physical Chemistry Prof. Nikhil Guchhait  
Avijit Ghosh Organic Chemistry Prof. Susanta Sekhar Adhikari 18.07.2013
Md. Yousuf Organic Chemistry Prof. Susanta Sekhar Adhikari 09.09.2013
Subhajit Guria Organic Chemistry Prof. Susanta Sekhar Adhikari  
Dr. Abhishek Pal Organic Chemistry Prof. Susanta Sekhar Adhikari 10.01.2012
Pulak Naskar Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Pinaki Chaudhury  
Alok Kumar Maity Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Pinaki Chaudhury 21.02.2013
Rijaul Mirdha Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Pinaki Chaudhury  
Mintu Nandi Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Pinaki Chaudhury  
Sankar Ghorai Theoretical Chemistry Prof. Pinaki Chaudhury  
Sayantanu Koley Theoretical Chemistry Dr. Swapan Chakrabarti 01.12.2015
Lopa Paul Theoretical Chemistry Dr. Swapan Chakrabarti 01.02.2016
Subhodip Chatterjee Theoretical Chemistry Dr. Swapan Chakrabarti  
Sumanta Kumar Ghatak Analytical Chemistry Dr. Kamalika Sen 14.01.2014
Arabinda Chakraborty Analytical Chemistry Dr. Kamalika Sen 08.09.2014
Kangkana sarkar Analytical Chemistry Dr. Kamalika Sen 22.09.2014
Sankar Prasad Paik Analytical Chemistry Dr. Kamalika Sen 22.04.2013
Mita halder Analytical Chemistry Dr. Kamalika Sen 22.12.2015
Ansari Zarina Mohd Yunus Nazma Analytical Chemistry Dr. Kamalika Sen 06.04.2016
Partha Pratim Chakraborty Analytical Chemistry Dr. Kamalika Sen 22.04.2013
Ritwik Modak Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Sanchita Goswami 24.05.2011
Senjuti Mandal Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Sanchita Goswami 05.04.2013
Yeasin Sikdar Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Sanchita Goswami 06.12.2013
Barnali Naskar Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Sanchita Goswami 03.01.2014
Sumit Kumar Mondal Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Sanchita Goswami  
Sutapa Sahu Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Sanchita Goswami  
Riya Bag Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Sanchita Goswami  
Subhasis Das Physical Chemistry Dr. Tanushree Sanyal (Bala) 14.10.2014
Debasmita Sardar Physical Chemistry Dr. Tanushree Sanyal (Bala) 16.06.2014
Jayeeta Maity Physical Chemistry Dr. Tanushree Sanyal (Bala)  
Deborin Ghosh Physical Chemistry Dr. Debabrata Mandal 21.02.2013
Giasuddin Ahamed Physical Chemistry Dr. Debabrata Mandal 03.05.2012
Nabaruna Basu Physical Chemistry Dr. Debabrata Mandal 27.05.2016
Madhushree Mal Physical Chemistry Dr. Debabrata Mandal  
Jayanta Bag Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Kuntal Pal  

Projects:

Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget(/lac)
Design, Synthesis .. SERB-DST, India Professor Susanta Sekhar Adhikari 2013- Dec, 2016 Rs. 48.00
C-S/C-N/C-O activated  .. CSIR, India Professor  Dilip Kumar Maiti Jan,2016 - 2019 Rs. 29.53
Controlled Synthesis.. DST, India Dr.Tanushree Sanyal(Bala) 2012- 2016 Rs 26.6
Radiation Induced .. UGC-DAE-CSR, INDIA Dr. Kamalika Sen 2013-Dec,2016 Rs 12.00
Developing Mn-Ca .. DST, West Bengal Dr. Sanchita Goswami Feb,2016 -Feb,2019 Rs. 9.68

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department:

  • Teaching : Modern Spectroscopic techniques, Quantum and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics along with applications to Chemistry, Statistical and Numerical methods, Computational Chemistry,  Nano-Chemistry, Advanced Synthetic strategies, Green Chemistry, Molecular Magnetism, Bio-Inorganic, Bio-Organic, Bio-Physical and Bio-Analytical Chemistry
  • Research : Photochemistry, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Molecular Spintronics and Optical Processes, Bio-Physical Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics, 4Nanomaterial Synthesis Characterization and Sensing Properties, Organometallic Chemistry, Molecular Magnetism, Chemosensor, Synthetic Methodology, Transition Metal Chemistry, Modern aspects of Heterogeneous Catalysts, Selective Bond Activation, Drug Development from Natural Products, Green Chemistry, Fabrication of Organic and Inorganic Materials, Carbohydrate Chemistry, Protein Engineering, Bio-Organic, Bio-Inorganic, Crystal Engineering, Virtual Nanoscience,

Research support :

Name of the equipment Brief description Funding agency
Single Crystal X-Ray Defractometer  Cost = Rs. 1,20,35,344/= DST - FIST
Time-Resolved Spectrophotometer Cost = Rs. 35,89,739/= DST - FIST
Lamda 25 U/V/Spectrometer …03Nos. Cost = Rs. 7,95,805/= DST – FIST
Rotary Vacuum Evaporator – -03 Nos. Cost = Rs. 7,22,732/= DST - FIST
NMR – 300 MHz Cost = Rs. 74,99,942/= CAS - III
Gaschromatography Cost = Rs. 12,25,137/= COSIST
Spectrophotometer HITACHI Cost = Rs. 15,84,335/= COSIST
FTIR Cost = Rs. 20,48,282/= UGC – BSR
TGA Cost = Rs. 9,49,128/= DST – FIST
Electrochemical Work Station Cost = Rs. 4,47,005/= DST – FIST
GC -MS Cost = Rs. 48,76,959/= UPE (S)
ESI - MS Cost = Rs. 1,89,74,559/= + clearing agents charge not known DST - PURSE

Contact

Campus : Rashbehari Sikha Prangan

Address for communication : 92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata - 700 009