ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
The pedagogical philosophy of the department can be summarized in the belief that the best ways to learn chemistry is to do chemistry. The preparation of future professionals requires learning and application of knowledge gained through laboratory work. The curriculum emphasizes the scientific method, chemical inquiry, critical thinking, data acquisition and evaluation and effective communication, both written and oral. The best ways to learn chemistry is to do chemistry. The world is currently undergoing a paradigm shift towards sustainable growth and development through the effective implementation of green chemistry at industrial and academic levels.
The global warming and climate change is pushing the world to look for Green energy technological options. Scientific evidence shows that during the next few decades we will have the greatest impact on the environment and survival on this planet will not be easy unless we take drastic measures. Now is simply a great time to learn about going green. Climate change compels us to think about how to harness and use energy resources differently so that our living environment is not jeopardized, and technology is going to play a central role in providing this “how.” Engineering and science students who are well educated in this area will contribute to the technology solutions that promise great career potential. All faculty members are PhDs from IITs and reputed universities with varied experience in academics and industries. The department keeps updating their knowledge by organizing workshops and Invited Talks on contemporary issues.
Head of the Department
Dr. Megha Mittal
(M.Sc, PhD, Defence R&D establishment, Gwalior)
Dr. Megha Mittal did her M.Sc, Chemistry from Jiwaji University and has over 13 years of experience including research, academics and industry. She qualified CSIR-SRF and worked as Senior Research Fellow at Defence R&D Establishment Gwalior. She completed various projects based on heavy metal toxicity and heavy metal remediation funded by CSIR, AYUSH, DRDE and MRCE. Dr. Mittal has 27 research papers in peer reviewed International and National journals and 3 Book Chapters in Elsevier and Royal Society of Chemistry Publications.
She is certified Analytical Chemist and certified trainer for GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) by WHO and UNDP. She is Member Editorial Board and Advisory Board of various International Journals such as Journal of Environmental Biology, Oxidants and Antioxidants in Medical Science, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Free Radicals and Antioxidants etc. She has Mission 10X Learning Approach Practitioner Certificate to her credits. Her current research interests are: Green Chemistry, Water Detoxification by Nano- Green and Biochemical Approach.
She organized successfully Green Chemistry Workshop for Chemistry Faculty (July 9, 2012), Workshop on Innovative Technologies for Water Detoxification for Academic Institutions and Industry (Jan 14-15, 2013). Recently, she successfully organized an International Conference on Green Initiatives in Science and Technology (GIST-2015) at MRCE on January 15, 2015, which was attended by about 100 delegates from various academic institutions and industries.
Thrust Areas of the Department
The thrust of the department is on Green Chemistry. The department has established a Chapter of Green Chemistry Network at the Campus. It is engaged in various research projects on Green Chemistry such as:
- Green Synthesis of Heterocyclic compounds as potential anti cancer agents
- Removal of heavy metals from Effluents using Nanostructures, Biochemical and Herbal methods
- Synthesis of Biodegradable & Biocompatible Polymers
- Development of Eco-Friendly Corrosion Inhibitors
- Molecular Modeling and Computational Chemistry