DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED CHEMISTRY
Department Of Applied Chemistry Core Areas of Research are Electrochemical sensors and Biosensors, Co-ordination Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Photochemistry, Catalysis and Polymer Chemistry.
The Department of Applied Chemistry was established in 1976 to play an important role in the further development of the industrial belt in the Greater Cochin area by providing scientific support and trained personnel to the industries and by acting as a catalyst for the starting of new industries. The Department has now grown and has emerged as one of the best centres in Chemistry in the State of Kerala and had been fortunate to produce the only Bhatnagar Award Winner in Chemical Sciences in the State (Dr. K.L. Sebastian, 1995). The Department aims to transform itself into a Centre of Excellence for the development of Chemical Industries in the state by providing trained personnel, scientific support and other consultancy and analytical services to solve the problems of the existing industries. Research and development activities for the sake of industries are also conceived as a major goal of the Department.The Department has more than 70 Ph.D.s, 300 research publications and a few monographs to its credit. The Department has been selected for the FIST programme of Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of University Grants Commission. Funds for these programmes are sanctioned to only a few universities at the national level. The department is also undertaking a number of projects and schemes sponsored by funding agencies like UGC, CSIR, DST, STEC and DRDO. Postgraduates from the Department have found gainful employment in Prestige MNCs and R&D institutions while several of them have pursued a career in research. In various meritorious institutions in India and abroad, particularly in US, Europe and Japan. Many students secured faculty position in various Colleges / Universities in India. Major analytical facilities in the Department include UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, Gas Chromatographs, Thermogravimetric analyzer, Surface area analyzer, FTIR and Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer.