St Joseph's University, 36, Lalbagh Road, Bengaluru-560027, Karnataka, India.
A Public-Private-Partnership University under RUSA 2.0 of MHRD (Government of India), established by the Karnataka Govt. Act No. 24 of 2021
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Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry of SJU, established in 1927, is the largest science department in the Institution. Over the last nine decades, the Department has built up its reputation as one of the best in its field as far as imparting education in Chemistry is concerned. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes in Chemistry. The Department has vastly experienced, well-qualified and highly dedicated faculty to mentor students and guide them.

The Department has a well-established research centre equipped with modern scientific instruments. Some of the analytical facilities, the Department is proud of having, includes AAS, GC, HPLC, PXRD, IC, AFM, spectrometers, emission spectrometers and electrochemical workstations.

 

Vision

The Department aims to achieve global standards of quality in maintaining academic excellence by being proactive and open to new opportunities and challenges in the frontiers of Chemistry. The endeavour of the Department is to produce brilliant young chemists, who, by their scientific knowledge, skills, and social commitment would act as catalysts to bring about positive changes for the benefit of humanity.

Mission

  • To promote among our learners the skills of analytical thinking, experimentation, and application of the knowledge gained
  • To promote the habit of scientific enquiry and research among our students
  • To create in our students a concern for the environment and develop appreciation for Green Chemistry
  • To prepare our students for life in the larger community

Message from DEAN

Dr Libi Thomas

Message from DEAN

The School of Chemical Sciences comprises of the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry. The Department of Chemistry was established in 1927, and the Department of Biochemistry was started in 2020. The School offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate Chemistry (Organic and Analytical), and Ph.D. programmes in Chemistry and Undergraduate programme in Biochemistry. Together, the School has built up its reputation as one among the best in the country, in imparting quality education in the domain of Chemical sciences.

The school is proud of its richly experienced, well qualified and highly dedicated faculty. The syllabi of all the courses are carefully designed and modified periodically to help students develop analytical thinking. The implementation of RBPT (research-based pedagogical tools) and project work for PG and UG students have created great interest and creative thinking in Chemistry, putting education into action. Many of the student projects have been published in reputed journals and/or presented at National/International conferences.


The School truly stands out in research and has well-established research labs equipped with modern scientific instruments. The School is proud of having analytical facilities which include UV, IR, AAS, GC, HPLC, PXRD, IC, AFM, spectrometers, emission spectrometer, electrochemical work station, turbidimeter, rotavapors, high speed centrifuge, cold room, semi auto biochemistry analyzer and many others. The ongoing research areas include catalysis, materials chemistry, electrochemistry, organic synthesis, protein chemistry, and other areas of biochemistry as well. Our distinguished faculty have been publishing their work in reputed national and international journals of high impact factor. The total number of research articles published is over 200. Over the past 25 years, the faculty have received financial assistance for their research work from local industries as well as from the Government funding bodies such as UGC, DST, SERB, CSIR and BRNS. The department has been recognized by DBT and DST and been awarded DBT- STAR status and DST-FIST funding.

The school has established research collaborations with national and international laboratories and institutes. St. Joseph’s University has also established a tie-up with chemical and analytical industries and signed an MOU recently, adding strength to the department. Many alumni of the department are performing exceedingly well in the fields of academics, research and industry within India and abroad as well.

The school boasts of vibrant UG Chemical and Biochemical Societies, PG Chemical Society as well which are always abuzz with co-curricular activities such as organizing seminars and lecture programmes by eminent scientists like Prof. CNR Rao and Nobel laureate Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, inter-collegiate chemistry festivals, educational trips, science exhibitions and outreach activities.

The school aims to achieve global standards of quality in maintaining academic excellence by being proactive and open to new opportunities and challenges in frontier fields. The endeavour of the school is to prepare brilliant young chemists, who by their scientific knowledge skills, creativity, leadership and social commitment, would act as catalysts to bring about positive changes for the benefit of humanity.

PHD SUPERVISORS

SL. No. Name of the Supervisor Designation Area of Specialisation PhD Scholars
1 Dr Anchal Singhal Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Organic chemistry (organic synthesis and reaction mechanism)
  • Heterocyclic chemistry (synthesis and biological activity evaluation of heterocyclic compounds)
  • Bio-organic chemistry (understanding of reaction mechanism/ drug metabolism in biological system)
  • Green chemistry (design and development of greener strategies for synthesis of compounds; applications of green catalysts; greener reaction conditions)

2023

  •  Madhushree B N 
2 Dr Debashis Ghosh Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Electrochemical and photochemical CO2 reduction
  • Electrochemical and photochemical functionalization of heterocycles
  • C-H activation of various organic molecules
  • Development of chiral organocatalysts as well as transition metal complexes.
  • Asymmetric CO2 fixation to organic molecules

2023

  •  Nandini M

2024

  •  Sushma A
3 Dr Libi Thomas HoD, Associate Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Conducting polymers
  • Nanoparticles/nanocomposites-synthesis
  • Applications of nanocomposites in the following fields: Energy storage, Environmental remediation, Organic synthesis

2023

  • Ms Hannah Harshini Joseph 
4 Dr Melwin Colaco Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Protein Chemistry
  • Green synthesis of organic compounds and its applications

2023

  •  Manoj P 
5 Dr Michael Rajamathi R Emeritus Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Nanoscience

2024

  • Avinash C M
6 Dr Rita Pal Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Carbohydrate chemistry
  • Asymmetric multi-step total synthesis
  • Development of synthetic methodology
  • Supramolecular chemistry

2023

  •  J Saurab Jain 
7 Dr Ronald Mascarenhas Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Electrochemistry
  • Developing electrochemical sensors for biologically significant molecules such as endocrine disruptors, neurotransmitters, amino acids, flavonoids, heavy metal ions, pharmaceutically significant molecules, and environmentally hazardous molecules.
  • Application of the developed sensors in the determination of target analyte in real samples such as blood serum, cerebral fluid, urine, milk, fruit juices…etc. Pulse techniques such as differential pulse voltammetry, anodic/cathodic differential pulse voltammetry, stripping voltammetry, hydrodynamic linear sweep voltammetry, and amperometry are used for the quantification
  • Electropolymerization, drop-casting, bulk modification, and covalent modification using biocompatible and new-generation materials for modification of the electrodes.
  • Developing electrocatalysts for redox reactions and studying charge transfer kinetics by electrochemical impedance study.
  • Study of the behavior of the modified electrodes in the surfactant medium using different electrochemical techniques.

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8 Dr Sunita Rajamani Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Waste management
  • Green Chemistry
  • Ionic liquids
  • Biomass conversion
  • Catalysis
  • Electrocatalysis

2023

  •  Geethanjali 
9 Dr Nalini G Sundaram Associate Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Design of Ceramic Nanomaterials Photocatalysts for Degradation of Organic Dyes and other pollutants
  • Investigation of photo luminescent oxide nanoparticles for Theranostic (biological) applications and solid-state lighting
  • Design and Development of Oxide nanoparticles and Nanocomposites for Gas Sensors
  • Design of Ferroic materials

2024

  • Kavitha N A
10 Dr Pramod K M Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Renewable Energy Materials
  • Solar Thermal Energy Storage
  • Heat Transfer Fluids
  • Nanofluids
  • Organic Electronics
  • Conjugated Polymers

2024

  • Jaseentha A
11 Dr Joyce Queeny D'souza Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Heterogeneous catalysis; Photocatalysis
  • Acid-catalyzed organic transformations
  • Photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants
  • Photocatalytic synthesis of fine chemicals

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12 Dr Vinutha V Salian Assistant Professor

Area of Specialisation

  • Computer aided drug design
  • Molecular docking
  • Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry
  • Design and synthesis of bioactive heterocyclic compounds
  • Single crystal XRD studies
  • Computational chemistry

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PHD Scholars

Name of Research Scholar Date of Enrollment for Coursework at SJU Area of Research Title of the Thesis (Provisional) Link to the Profile of the Supervisor Status of the Thesis
AVINASH C M 16-01-2024 Chemistry Chemistry https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/MTA1 In Coursework
JASEENTHA A 16-01-2024 Chemistry Chemistry https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/MTEzMA== In Coursework
KAVITHA N A 16-01-2024 Chemistry Chemistry https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/NzQy In Coursework
SUSHMA.A 16-01-2024 Chemistry Chemistry https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/OTUw In Coursework
GEETHANJALI 10-07-2023 Ionic Liquids Ionic Liquids https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/MTUy In Coursework
HANNAH HARSHINI JOSEPH 10-07-2023 Catalysis / Nano Composites Catalysis / Nano Composites https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/NDE1 In Coursework
J SAURAB JAIN 10-07-2023 Organic Synthesis and Asymmetric Synthesis Organic Synthesis and Asymmetric Synthesis https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/OTUy In Coursework
MADHUSHREE B N 10-07-2023 Organic Synthesis Organic Synthesis https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/NzQx In Coursework
MANOJ P 10-07-2023 Medicinal Chemistry/ Organic Synthesis Medicinal Chemistry/ Organic Synthesis https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/MjE3 In Coursework
NANDINI M 10-07-2023 Electro Organic Synthesis Electro Organic Synthesis https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/OTUw In Coursework
SUSHMA VS 13-02-2023 Green synthesis of heterocycles and exploring biological properties of these compounds Green synthesis of heterocycles and exploring biological properties of these compounds https://www.sju.edu.in/faculty-details/st-joseph-university/department-of-chemistry/MjE3 Registered (On going)

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