University of Madras, Chennai

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Department of Organic Chemistry


The Department of Organic chemistry was started in the year 1950 by the University of Madras as one of the science departments to focus on research in the area of organic chemistry. M.Sc. Course by thesis was conducted during the same time later replaced (from 1977) as a two year M.Sc. Course with specialization in Organic Chemistry. M.Phil degree was introduced in 1973, which was offered jointly with the departments of Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Since then the department is focusing its efforts in teaching and research activities at M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D levels. Dr. K. N. Menon was the first Head of the Department and later Dr. S. Swaminathan joined as Reader in 1953. The research of Dr.Menon and his students during 1950 to 1960 was centered essentially in 1. Synthesis of natural products; 2. Investigations of Properties of fats and terpenes.

Courses Offered :

=> M.Sc. Organic Chemistry
=> M.Phil. Organic Chemistry
=> Ph.D. Organic Chemistry


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