The Chemistry Department at IIT Palakkad started functioning with three visiting faculties for B. Tech. Teaching in the year 2015, but has expanded to a strength of eight permanent faculty members at Assistant Professor level. Several students have been enrolled for Ph.D. programs in theoretical and experimental branches of chemistry. The Chemistry Laboratory is equipped with state of the art work tables and safety equipment. The lab amenities include fume hoods, water bath, hot air oven, RO water plant, ice flake machine, electronic weighing balances, electrical conductivity meters, pH meters, hot plates, melting point determinators, electric Bunsen burners, orbital shakers, etc. UV-Vis spectrophotometers and colorimeters are available for instrumental measurements and analysis, and the lab is run on a rigorous policy of waste minimization. Started as a teaching lab for B. Tech. students, it is being upgraded to an advanced research lab with modern instrumental and computational facilities. The research lab is equipped with high temperature furnaces, hot plates with stirrers, sonicator, centrifuges, high-pressure autoclave, hot air oven, rotary evaporator, fluorescence spectro- photometer. The research is well supported by a centralized facility of sophisticated analytical instrumentation (CIF) which provides access to various chromatographic and spectroscopic equipment. Currently, the central facility has a bench top 60 MHz NMR, HPLC, LCMS, Chemisorption, TG-DTA-MS and FT-IR.
B.Tech (All branches): At the B.Tech level, the Discipline mainly offers the basic conditioning courses and labs to the first year B.Tech engineering streams.
M.Sc Chemistry: Chemistry Discipline started their M. Sc program in Chemistry from July, 2019 onwards. Historically, Chemistry is taught as three major subdivisions, viz., Organic, Inorganic and Physical. As a result, students get the impression that chemistry is divided into these, three separate, almost independent streams, and they usually graduate without acquiring a vision of the subject as one integrated whole. Needless to say, such a vision is important if one decides to pursue a career in Chemistry. Advances in technology in the past few decades, have helped us to understand the structures of molecules, and their reactivity at a much more fundamental level than ever before. Because of this, the unity of chemistry as an integrated whole has become very much clearer. However, unfortunately, at present, there are no courses in the country, taught at any level, which imparts such a vision of the subject. The present course is an attempt to do this. Currently, we have our second batch and the first batch is in their final semester and the intake is normally ~20 students per year.
Ph.D: Chemistry Discipline at IIT Palakkad started the Ph.D program for June 2017 onwards. Presently, the stream offers Ph.D in the areas of Biophysical chemistry and molecular dynamics simulations, Mechanochemistry, Equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of soft matter, Structure and dynamics of polymers and supramolecules, Nanostructures for Biomedicine, Materials Chemistry and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Organic macromolecules - Design, Synthesis and Applications. The Research facilities to carry out both theoretical and experimental research works @IITPKD includes a High Performance Computing Cluster (HPC) consisting of 64 compute nodes, each having a dual 12-core Intel processor running at 2.2 GHz with 4 GB of RAM per core is available for faculty,research staff and students at IIT Palakkad to investigate complex research problems in science and engineering. A well-equipped chemical synthesis lab is available for the research in experimental chemistry. Analytical facilities include chromatography and spectroscopy equipment such as HPLC, LCMS, TG-DTA-MS, Bench-top NMR, FT-IR, Chemisorption, UV-vis and Fluorescence spectrophotometer. In addition to this, major research equipment such as X- ray diffractometer, Raman spectrophotometer and an electron microscope are installed at the Central Instrumentation Facility of IIT Palakkad.
Teaching Labs: The Discipline has an undergraduate/graduate Chemistry Laboratory (~150 sq. m), well equipped with several basic Physical, Inorganic, and Organic experimental infrastructure such as Analytical balance, Benchtop conductivity meter, Benchtop pH meter, Digital colorimeter with micro control and 8 filters, Ice flake machine, Melting point apparatus, spectrophotometer, Ultrasonic bath, UV-vis spectrophotometer, Fluorescence spectrophotometer, Microwave reactor, Cyclic Voltammeters, Optical microscope, Polarimeter, Bomb Calorimeter, Electrophoresis. A number of analytical equipment required for chromatography and spectroscopy such as TG-DTA-MS, Benchtop NMR, FT-IR, Chemisorption, UV-vis, and Fluorescence spectrophotometer are available.