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Department of Chemistry, Calicut University, Calicut


Department of Chemistry

The Department was established in 1968 under the leadership of late Prof. S.S. Moosath and other eminent Professors like late C.P. Savariar, K.T. Rama Varma and G.M. Devasia with the objective of promoting post-graduate teaching and advanced research in chemistry. Today, it offers Master and Doctoral level programmes in a wide spectrum of disciplines falling under the broad areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The four-semester M.Sc. (Applied Chemistry) course is designed to provide a strong foundation in chemistry besides giving a sound exposure to advanced topics. The course consists of 12 compulsory theory papers, one elective theory paper, four practical papers and a project. From 2003-04 academic year an integrated M.Phil-Ph.D programme is being offered.

Courses Offered

- Master of Science (M.Sc Applied Chemistry)
- Master of Philosophy (M.Phil Chemistry)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Chemistry)

Thrust Areas

- Coordination chemistry: (a) Synthesis, charaterisation and biological activity of metal complexes of active chemical constituents of certain important medicinal plants, (b) Studies of dyeing properties of metal complexes of the synthetic analogues of natural dyes such as curcuminoids and related compounds, (c) Synthesis and characterization of Percursors.
- Analytical chemistry
- Search for compounds with radio modifying activity.
- Chemical profiling of medicinal plants.
- Studies of plant metabolites.
- Development of organic photo conducting polymers.
- Carboxyl group activation in organic synthesis.
- Biomass gasification catalysis.
- Solid state chemistry.
- Computational chemistry.
- Adsorption and catalysis.
- Annealing of chemical radiation damage.


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