The Department of Chemical Engineering was started in 1943 as a wing of the Division of Pure and Applied Chemistry. The Chemical Engineering wing earned the full status of a department in 1947. In 1961, it was affiliated to the Engineering Faculty and renamed the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Our department began as a center for excellence in research and higher education in chemical engineering to address the needs of a phenomenally growing chemical industry in post-independence India. The department has evolved significantly over the last six decades, reflecting changes in the Indian chemical industry and the chemical engineering profession worldwide. Research began in the fifties and sixties with focus on thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, catalysis, and unit operations, and was followed in the seventies by chemical reactor theory. Scores of catalysts were developed for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions central to our industry, and a variety of chemical reactors were designed and analyzed. Gradually, focus shifted to more basic research in multiphase systems. In subsequent years, our department went on to make major theoretical contributions in multiphase systems and won considerable national and international acclaim.
Department of Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore - 560012
Telephone : 91 (80) 22932318
Fax : 91 (80) 23608121/23600683
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