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Department of Chemistry

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About us

The Department of Chemistry at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus is devoted towards teaching and research. Some of our major research thrust areas include green chemistry, nano materials, polymers, bio-inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry and computational chemistry.

  • Programmes Offered

    The Department offers M.Sc. (Hons.) and Ph.D. programmes in Chemistry :
    • The M.Sc. (Hons.) program is a four-year program with provision for a dual degree extending to five years total duration. The input to the M.Sc. (Hons.) is through the entrance test (BITSAT) with the minimum qualification being a pass in the 10+2 system with at least 80% marks in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. There are about 30 students admitted every year for the M.Sc. (Hons.) program. The academic curriculum for this program is revised constantly and is comparable to any international institution. At the end of the program the students gain industrial experience if they opt for the Practice School (PS) program. Optionally, students may choose to work on an academic thesis of 4-5 months duration.
    • Ph.D. admissions are based on written exam followed by interview at Hyderabad campus. Currently there are a number of full time research scholars pursuing research in different areas of Chemistry leading to Ph. D. degree. The Ph.D. students are provided fellowships from the sponsored project grants as well as BITS institute support.

  • Research

    The department is actively engaged in research in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, polymers, bioinorganic/inorganic chemistry, nanomaterials and computational chemistry. Emphasis on undergraduate research is also given in terms of the lab oriented and study oriented projects.  Funded projects from DST, CSIR, UGC and BITS are in progress and the faculty members publish and present their work in leading peer reviewed journals and conferences.

  • Awards

    • Prof. N.Rajesh was recognized as an outstanding reviewer for the Journal of Environ. Chem. Eng. by Elsevier in 2015. 
    • Ms. Shweta Pawar was awarded t.he DST-Inspire fellowship to continue her PhD studies at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus. 
    • M.Sc students, Mr. Abhijeet Kumar Singh and Mr. Shashwat Agarwal were finalists in the prestigious HULT prize, held in Dubai. This award is meant to encourage young social entrepreneurs.  

  • Faculty

    Our faculty have extensive experience in industry, research as well as teaching. Our strength is a reflection of their skills, innovation and drive. Please click here for faculty pages.


Ph.D. Admissions (II Semester 2020-21)
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Recent Publications


Recent Publications 2021
For the complete list of publications, kindly refer to the individual faculty profile pages.

1.Distinctive weak interactions underlie diverse nucleation and small angle scattering behavior of aqueous Cholesterol, Cholesteryl hemisuccinate and Glycocholic acid Rituparna Hazra and Durba Roy*, J. Phys. Chem. B 2021, 125, 612–624, DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c08931

2.Relation between Glycosidic Linkage, Structure and Dynamics of α- and β- Glucans in water Sruthi Peesapati, Karuna Anna Sajeevan, Siddhant Kumar Patel and Durba Roy* Biopolymers (2021, Early view), DOI: 10.1002/bip.23423

3.The disparity in piezofluorochromism for twisted mono-carbazole-based AIEgens by interchanging electron-rich substituents: Effect of coplanarity on twisted π-conjugates. Materials Advances (RSC). DOI: 10.1039/D0MA00933D

4.Binding interactions and FRET between bovine serum albumin and various phenothiazine-/ anthracene-based dyes: a structure–property relationship. RSC Adv., 2021, 11, 1679–1693 Shouvik Bhuin, sayantan Halder, Subit Kumar Saha* and Manab Chakravarty*

5.Techniques Galore: How to select the best one to detoxify contaminants, Rajesh Nagarathnam, ACS EST Water, 2021,1,1,11-12

6.Pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinoxalines from chalcones: An alternate route, Uday Kumar Togiti, Adarash Kumar Shukla and Anupam Bhattacharya, Tetrahedron Letters, 2021, (Available online 16 March 2021, 153008)

7.Rapid synthesis of a novel nano-crystalline mesoporous faujasite type metal-organic framework, ZIF-8 catalyst, its detailed characterization, and NaBH4 assisted, enhanced catalytic Rhodamine B degradation. S. Chirra, L.-F. Wang, H. Aggarwal, M.-F. Tsai, S. S. Soorian, S. Suresh, S. Goskula, S. R. Gujjula, N Venkatathri, Materials Today Communications, 2021, 26, 101993.

8.Metal-free synthesis and single crystal X-ray analysis of 4-aryl-6-hydroxy-2Η-pyran-2-cyanomethylenes. P. B Kole, H. Aggarwal, S. Narra, A. Vernekar, F. V Singh, Journal of Molecular Structure, 2021, 1230, 129913.

9.Parametric investigation to optimize the thermal management of pouch type lithium-ion batteries with mini-channel cold plates Kokkula Monika , Chanchal Chakraborty, Sounak Roy, Srikanta Dinda, Satyapaul A. Singh, Santanu Prasad Datta. Int. J. Heat Mass Transf. 2021, 164, 120568.

10.Selection of an Ideal Coolant to Ward off the Thermal Runaway of Pouch Type Li-ion Battery Module Kokkula Monika , Chanchal Chakraborty, Sounak Roy, Srikanta Dinda, Satyapaul A. Singh, Santanu Prasad Datta. J. Electrochem. En. Conv. Stor. 2021, 18, 020913. 10.Selection of an Ideal Coolant to Ward off the Thermal Runaway of Pouch Type Li-ion Battery Module Kokkula Monika , Chanchal Chakraborty, Sounak Roy, Srikanta Dinda, Satyapaul A. Singh, Santanu Prasad Datta. J. Electrochem. En. Conv. Stor. 2021, 18, 020913.

11.An improved mini-channel based liquid cooling strategy of prismatic LiFePO4 batteries for electric or hybrid vehicles Kokkula Monika , Chanchal Chakraborty, Sounak Roy, Srikanta Dinda, Satyapaul A. Singh, Santanu Prasad Datta. J. Energy Storage 2021, 35, 102301.

12. Metal-Immobilized Micellar Aggregates of a Block Copolymer from a Mixed Solvent for a SERS-Active Sensing Substrate and Versatile Dip Catalysis Soumili Daripa, Rampal Verma, Debanjan Guin, Chanchal Chakraborty, Kamlendra Awasthi, Biplab Kumar Kuila. Langmuir 2021, 37, 2445–2456.

13.Targeted Bioimaging of Cancer Cells Using Free Folic Acid-Sensitive Molybdenum Disulfide Quantum Dots through Fluorescence “Turn-Off” Susmita Roy, Yamini Bobde, Balaram Ghosh, Chanchal Chakraborty, ACS Appl. Bio Mater. 2021, 4, 2839–2849.

14.Transition-Metal-Free Synthetic Strategies for the Cross-Coupling Reactions in Water: A Green Approach Tanmay Chatterjee* and Nilanjana Mukherjee. Curr. Green Chem. 2021, 8, 70-91.

15.Can Titanium oxide Nanotubes Facilitate Intracellular Delivery by Laser-Assisted Photoporation? L. Mohan, Srabani Kar, Ren Hattori, Ishii Teshima Miho, Parthasathi Bera, Sounak Roy, Tuhin Subhra Santra, Takayuki Shibata, Moeto Nagai, Applied Surface Science 2021 543 148815 - 148830

16.Naked-eye colorimetric detection of HCV RNA mediated by a 5′ UTR-targeted antisense oligonucleotide and plasmonic gold nanoparticles, Almas Shamaila Mohammed, Aniket Balapure, Mahammad Nanne Khaja, Ramakrishnan Ganesan, and Jayati Ray Dutta, Analyst, 2021, 146, 1569-1578.

17.Pharmacophore based virtual screening, molecular docking, molecular dynamics and MMGBSA approach for identification of prospective SARS-CoV-2 inhibitor from natural product databases. Karan Kumar, B., Faheem, Chandra Sekhar, K.V.G., Rupal O., Vijay Kumar P., Aravinda Pai, Murugesan, S., P J. Biomol. Struct. Dyn. 2021, (in press – DOI: 0.1080/07391102.2020.1824814)

18.Selective and Sensitive UHPLC Method for the Trace Analysis of Formaldehyde in Drug Substance Using Fused-core Column Technology and Detailed Pre-column Derivatization study. Ravi Kiran P, Punna Rao R, Chandra Sekhar, K.V.G. Curr. Pharm. Anal., 2021, 17, 201-209.

19.Recent update on the anti-infective potential of β-carboline analogs. Faheem, Karan Kumar, B., Chandra Sekhar, K.V.G, Selvaraj K, Joazaizulfazli J, Rafael B, Murugesan, S. Mini-Rev. Med. Chem. 2021, 21, 398 – 425.

20.Study of Refolding of a Denatured Protein and Microenvironment Probed through FRET to a Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer Fluorescent Biosensor Molecule, Sayantan Halder, Rishika Aggrawal, Vinod K. Aswal, Debes Ray, and Subit K. Saha*, J. Mol. Liq., 2021, 322, 114532-114547.

21.TEMPO-Mediated Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling of Indoles and Imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines with Fluorinated Alcohols, DS Nipate, S Jaspal, VN Shinde, Krishnan Rangan, Anil Kumar, Organic Letters 23 (4), 1373-1377.

22.Direct catalytic synthesis of β-(C3)-substituted pyrroles: a complementary addition to the Paal–Knorr reaction, AP Pawar, J Yadav, NA Mir, E Iype, Krishnan Rangan, S Anthal, R Kant, Indresh Kumar, Chemical Communications 57 (2), 251-254.

23.B.Arun Raj, T.Sathvika, U.Guna Kaushik, V.Rajesh, N.Rajesh, Combinative influence of graphitic carbon nitride and Halomonas BVR1 bacteria augment the adsorptive recovery of precious ‘Euro’pium, Chemical Engineering Journal 404 (2021) 126466

24.Photophysical property and thermal stability of a simple protonated hydrogen bonding complex:3-Amino-5-nitro-[2,1]benzoisothiazole-p-toluenesulfonate, Himabindu, B., Anwar Hussaini SD, Smriti,R.Nahata, Lipi,D. Patnaik, Santosh,R. Subbalakshmi, J.* Journal of Molecular Structure, 2021, 1225, 129090-129101.

25.Distinct Tetracyanoquinodimethane derivatives: Enhanced Fluorescence in solutions and unprecedented cation recognition in the solid state. Anwarhussaini, SD, Himabindu, B., Mishra, S*., Subbalakshmi, J.* ACS Omega, 2021,

26.Distinct Rhodamine B derivatives exhibiting synergistic effect of anticancer activity and Fluorescence property, Himabindu, B., Sivaganesh B., Yamini B., Tarun, P., Balaram G*, Subbalakshmi, J. * Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2021,

27.Goswami, T.; Bheemaraju, A.; Kataria, A.; Nag, A.; Sravani, K.; Mishra, S and Mishra, A.K. "Highly Fluorescent Water-Soluble PTCA Incorporated Silver Nano-cluster for Sensing of Dopamine" Materials Chemistry and Physics 2021, 259, 124086.

28.Faraday rotation in ligand capped Fe3O4 nanoparticles - Experimental investigations for single scattering model, Hemanth Kumar Narsetti, Waseem Ahmad Wani, Nikhil Navaratna, Kannan Ramaswamy, Dinabandhu Patra, Balaji Gopalan. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 528, 167779, 2021.


Chemistry Association


Chemistry Association facilitated the following events:
Freshmen orientation for 2020 chemistry students: 4th December, 2020.. 
An interview session was held with Dr. Ruchi Jain Dey, Department of Biological Sciences on various virus-related diseases, corona family and Covid-19.

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