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Our Faculty

The Chemistry Department takes its pride in having a proficient team of faculties and excellent student-Instructor relationships. The strength of the department lies in the motivation, dedication and expertise of the faculty members.

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Prof. V.S.Rao

Acting Vice Chancellor,

Director & Sr. Professor

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Prof. G Sundar
Sr. Professor
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Prof. N.Rajesh


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Prof. K.Sumithra
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Prof. K.V.G.Chandrasekhar

Associate Professor

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Prof. R.Krishnan

Associate Professor

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Prof. J.SubbalakshmiAssociate here
Prof. Manab ChakravartyAssociate Click here

Dr. Anupam Bhattacharya

Assistant Professor (HOD)

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Dr. Balaji Gopalan

Assistant Professor

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Dr. G Ramakrishnan
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Subhas Ghosal
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Amit Nag
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Sounak Roy
Assistant Professor
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Dr Durba Roy
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1. Prof. N.Rajesh, visited University of South Dakota, USA during June-July 2014 under the BITS university immersion program.
2. Dr. Pushpita Ghosh from Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, Rice University, USA delivered a talk titled "Self-­‐organization in the realm of Chemical and Biological Physics" on 7th July, 2015.
3. Dr. Suresh Sriram from NALCO, Illinois, USA delivered a talk titled "Development of Self-Healing Polymer Composites and Photoinduced Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization" on 31st March, 2015.
4. Two new labs, (a) Spectroscopy, (b) Materials Chemistry & Catalysis were inaugurated on 8th May, 2015.
5. The Department of Chemistry procured a Microwave Synthesizer from the DST-FIST grant.
6. Professor K.V.G. Chandrasekhar visited University of New South Wales, Australia, under the University Immersion scheme of BITS-Pilani.
7. The total extra-mural funding of the Department of Chemistry has reached INR 2.6 Crores approx in 2013.
8. The Department has received the DST-FIST grant of INR 90 Lakhs in 2013.
9. Prof.N.Rajesh, was admitted as fellow member of Royal society of chemistry, London (FRSC) in April 2010.
10. Prof. Tomoyuki Akutagawa, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan delivered a lecture on the Topic: Designs of Hydrogen-Bonding Molecular-Assembly Nanostructures and Ferroelectric Responses on 28th January, 2015.



Chemistry Association


Alchemy, The Chemistry Association was formed in 2008 with an inaugural talk on Green Chemistry by Prof. V. S. Rao. Alchemy also brings out a newsletter called Chemistry Chronicles and a semester magazine called Elixir. Under the auspices of Alchemy, various events are being organized every semester.

Recent Publications


1. Shivani Sharma, N.Rajesh, Augmenting the adsorption of palladium from spent catalyst using a thiazole ligand tethered on an amine functionalized polymeric resin, Chemical Engineering Journal 283 (2016) 999–1008.
2. Synthesis and characterization of reduced-graphene oxide/TiO2/Zeolite-4A:  A bifunctional nano composite for abatement of methylene blue Nagarjuna R, Challagulla S, Alla N, Ganesan R, Roy Sounak,  Materials and Design  DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.07.116.
3. Role of Solvents on Photocatalytic Reduction of Nitroarenes by Sol-Gel Synthesized TiO2/Zeolite 4A Challagulla S, Nagarjuna R, Ganesan R, Roy Sounak  Journal of Porous Materials  22 (2015) 1105-1110.
4. PhotoCatalytic NOx abatement: An Overview Roy Sounak, Madras, G. Current Organic Chemistry DOI: 10.2174/1385272819666150603235429. 
5. Polymerizable sol-gel precursor mediated synthesis of TiO2 supported zeolite-4A and its photodegradation of Methylene blue Nagarjuna, R, Roy Sounak, Ganesan R,Microporous and Mesoporous Materials  211 (2015) 1-8.
6. Materials for catalysis: Connecting Academia to Industry Roy Sounak Journal of Catalysts and Catalysis 2 (2015) 1-3.
7. G. Pallikonda, R. Santosh, S. Ghosal, M. Chakravarty, n-BuLi-Triggered Phospha-Brook Rearrangement: Efficient Synthesis of Organophosphates from Ketones and Aldehydes, Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56(24), 3796.
8. New ω-ketovinyl phosphonates: inexpensive synthesis, isomerization studies and route for functionalized 1,3-butadienes.G. Pallikonda, S. Maloth, K. K. Satish, M. B. Z. Khalid, A. R. Kumar, S. Ghosal, M. Chakravarty. Tetrahedron 2015, 71, 5538.
9. Aryl sulfonamidomethylphosphonates as new class of green corrosion inhibitors for mild steel in 1 M HCl: Electrochemical, surface and quantum chemical investigation. C. B. Verma, A. Singh, G. Pallikonda, M. Chakravarty, M. A. Quraishi, I. Bahadur, E. E. Ebenso. J Mol. Liq. 2015, 209, 306. 
10. Electronic structure of α-oligothiophenes with various substituents  T. Vikramaditya, M. Saisudhakar, K.Sumithra. .Journal of Molecular Structure, 1081 114–123, (2015). 
11. The adsorption of glycine in non-ionic and zwitter-ionic states on intrinsic and functionalized semi-conducting carbon Nanotubes T. Vikramaditya, M. Saisudhakar, K. Sumithra Journal of computational and theoretical Nanoscience, 12, No. 11, 1-7, (2015). 
12. A PBC-DFT study of electronic properties of substituted Polythiophenes  T. Vikramaditya, M. Saisudhakar, K. Sumithra. Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, DOI: 10.1002/poc.3473 ; (2015).
13. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of 5-(2-(4-(substitutedbenzo[d]isoxazol-3-yl)piperazin-1-yl)acetyl)indolin-2-one and 5-(2-(4-substituted piperazin-1-yl)acetyl)indolin-2-one analogues as novel anti-tubercular agents. Mahalakshmi Naidu, K., Rudresh Naik, G., Chandra Sekhar, K.V.G. Arab. J. Chem. (Accepted).
14. Novel amide and sulphonamide derivatives of 6-(piperazin-1-yl)phenanthridine  as potent Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv inhibitors. Mahalakshmi Naidu, K., Nagesh, H.N., Singh, M., Sriram, D., Yogeeswari, P., Chandra Sekhar, K.V.G. Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2015, 92, 415-426.
15. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel phenanthridinyl piperazine triazoles via click chemistry as anticancer agents. Nagesh, H.N., Suresh, N., Bhanu Prakash, G.V.S., Gupta, S., Rao, J.V., Chandra Sekhar, K.V.G. Med. Chem. Res. 2015, 24, 523-532. 
16. Synthesis of 4-substituted oxazolo[4,5-c]-quinolines by direct reaction at the C-4 position of oxazoles Mahesh Akula, Yadagiri Thigulla, Connor Davis,Mukund Jha and Anupam Bhattacharya Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2015, 13, 2600-2605.
17. Selective detection of fluoride using fused quinoline systems: effect of pyrrole Mahesh Akula, Yadagiri Thigulla, Amit Nag and Anupam Bhattacharya RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 57231-57234.
18. Multi-scale ommatidial arrays with broadband and omnidirectional anti-reflection and anti-fogging properties by sacrificial layer mediated nanoimprinting H. K. Raut, S. S. Dinachali, Y. C. Loke, R. Ganesan, K. K. Ansah-Antwi, A. Góra, E. H. Khoo, V. A. Ganesh, M. S. M. Saifullah, S. Ramakrishna ACS Nano, 2015, 9 (2), pp 1305–1314.
19. Comprehending the interaction between chitosan and ionic liquid for the adsorption of palladium A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, Shivani Sharma, R. Sudheer Reddy, M. Barathi, N.Rajesh Int. J. Biol. Macromol.  72 (2015) 633-639.
20.   Efficiacy of a heterocyclic ligand anchored biopolymer adsorbent for the sequestration of palladium Shivani Sharma, M.Barathi, N.Rajesh Chem. Eng. J. 259 (2015) 457-466.
21. An indigenous Halomonas BVR1 strain immobilized in crosslinkedchitosan for adsorption of lead and cadmium Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N.Rajesh Int. J. Biol. Macromol.  79 (2015) 300-308.



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