The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, is among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in basic and applied research. The Institute has several departments and advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and the pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organized on a unique pattern of functioning. The department of chemistry constitutes one such center for of academic excellence. Since its inception in 1959, the department has been engaged in imparting the highest level and quality of academic education and has focused upon addressing key scientific problems, which have gathered worldwide appreciation and recognition.
This department constitutes a 32 member faculty expertise in frontier level of research, the main areas of research being solid state chemistry and inorganic materials, coordination chemistry, analytical chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, bio-organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, photochemistry, polymer science, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, green chemistry, nano chemistry, nuclear chemistry, quantum chemistry, molecular and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The entire faculty has had the exposure and scopes to carry out research of preliminary originality contributing genuinely towards the enhancement of academic and industrial interactions. There are many who have been awarded with FNA and FACS titles from the Indian government. Since 1995, the faculties have contributed towards the publication of over 25 books, 725 research papers and 15 patents. There are about 50 ongoing research projects sponsored by various government organizations and the industry.
One of our key missions is to generate bulk human resource of unmatchable quality. We provide broad based post-graduate programs with the aim of producing chemists with high professional competence, in carrying out research of both basic and applied nature. The department imparts education towards the award of M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Currently, there are 50-55 M.Sc and 125-130 Ph.D. students. The M.Sc. syllabus provides an integrated and unified approach towards chemical sciences covering all branches of chemistry and no specialization is awarded. The curriculum is rigorous in accord to international standards and covers theory and practical courses with full emphasis to construct intellectual assets. A research project of one year is compulsory as a requisite for the partial fulfillment towards the award of degree. It is during this period that the students have an opportunity to conduct quality research. For the Ph.D. students, in addition to research, the institute provides them scopes to present their valuable results at international meetings and symposia. Since 1965 we have alumni comprising of over 725 M.Sc. and 525 Ph.D.
The department is adequately equipped with the latest instruments known and required to carry out modern day chemistry, such as NMR facility (both 400 and 500 M Hz), AFM, ESR, Fluorimeters, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, FT-IR, MALDI, XRD, DSC, TGA, CHN analyzer, ESI-Mass, TPD&TPR, Chemisorption Apparatus, HPLC, Electrochemical Work Station, Glove Boxes, and Optical Microscopes. The students are provided a comprehensive practical exposure to the various instrumental techniques required for their research. We have recently established a computation laboratory where students are trained to use various software used in computational chemistry.
The rigors of academic study at each level are balanced with a number of other related activities, which include co-curricular activities. Special lectures on varied topic of academic relevance are held under the Extra Mural Lecture series.
The academic atmosphere at IIT Madras is a rare blend of modern day technical skills and the traditional emphasis on imparting knowledge. The faculty as well as the students who have qualified from the department has always done the country proud through outstanding achievements and leadership qualities.