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Course Curriculum



i) Atomic and molecular structure (10 lectures)

Schrodinger equation. Particle in a box solutions and their applications for simple sample. Molecular orbitals of diatomic molecules (e.g.H2). Energy level diagrams of diatomic. Pi-molecular orbitals of butadiene and benzene and aromaticity. Crystal field theory and the energy level diagrams for transition metal ions and their magnetic properties. Band structure of solids and the role of doping on band structures.

 ii) Spectroscopic techniques and applications (8 lectures)

Principles of spectroscopy and selection rules. Electronic spectroscopy. Fluorescence and its applications in medicine. Vibrational and rotational spectroscopy of diatomic molecules. Applications. Nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging, surface characterisation techniques. Diffraction and scattering.

 iii) Intermolecular forces and potential energy surfaces (4 lectures)

Ionic, dipolar and van Der Waals interactions. Equations of state of real gases and critical phenomena.

 iv) Use of free energy in chemical equilibria (8 lectures)

First and second laws of thermodynamics and thermodynamic functions: energy, entropy and free energy.

Estimations of entropy and free energies. Free energy and emf. Cell potentials, the Nernst equation and

applications. Acid base, oxidation reduction and solubility equilibria. Water chemistry. Corrosion. Use of free energy considerations in metallurgy through Ellingham diagrams.

 v) Periodic properties (4 Lectures)

Effective nuclear charge, penetration of orbitals, variations of s, p, d and f orbital energies of atoms in the

periodic table, electronic configurations, atomic and ionic sizes, ionization energies, electron affinity and

electronegativity, polarizability, oxidation states, coordination numbers and geometries, hard soft acids and bases, molecular geometries

 vi) Stereochemistry (4 lectures)

Representations of 3 dimensional structures, structural isomers and stereoisomers, configurations and

symmetry and chirality, enantiomers, diastereomers, optical activity, absolute configurations and

conformational analysis. Isomerism in transitional metal compounds

 vii) Organic reactions and synthesis of a drug molecule (4 lectures)

Introduction to reactions involving substitution, addition, elimination, oxidation, reduction, cyclization and ring openings. Synthesis of a commonly used drug molecule.



Chemistry-I Laboratory

1. Conductometric titration for determination of the strength of a given HCl solution

by titration against a standard NaOH solution.

2. pH- metric titration for determination of strength of a given HCl solution against a

standard NaOH solution.

3. Determination of dissolved oxygen present in a given water sample.

4. To determine chloride ion in a given water sample by Argentometric method (using chromate

indicator solution)

5. Determination of surface tension and viscosity

6. Thin layer chromatography

7. Ion exchange column for removal of hardness of water

8. Determination of the rate constant of a reaction

9. Determination of cell constant and conductance of solutions

10. Potentiometry - determination of redox potentials and emfs

11. Saponification/acid value of an oil

12. Chemical analysis of a salt

13. Determination of the partition coefficient of a substance between two immiscible liquids

14. Adsorption of acetic acid by charcoal

15. Use of the capillary viscosimeters to the demonstrate of the isoelectric point as

the pH of minimum viscosity for gelatin sols and/or coagulation of the white part of egg .

Basic Environmental Engineering and Elementary Biology

Basic ideas of environment: basic concepts, man, society & environment, their interrelationship. Mathematics of population growth and associated problems, Importance of population study in environmental engineering, definition of resource, types of resource, renewable, non-renewable, potentially renewable, effect of excessive use vis-à-vis population growth, Sustainable Development. Materials balance: Steady state conservation system, steady state system with non conservative pollutants, step function. Environmental degradation: Natural environmental Hazards like Flood, earthquake, Landslide-causes, effects and control/management; Anthropogenic degradation like Acid rain-cause, effects and control. Nature and scope of Environmental Science and Engineering.

Ecology and Ecosystem: System, open system, closed system, definition of ecology, species, population, community, definition of ecosystemcomponents types and function. 1L Structure and function of the following ecosystem: Forest ecosystem, Grassland ecosystem, Desert ecosystem, Aquatic ecosystems, Mangrove ecosystem (special reference to Sundar ban); Food chain [definition and one example of each food chain], Food web. Biogeochemical Cycle- definition, significance, flow chart of different cycles with only elementary reaction [Oxygen, carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphate, Sulphur]. Biodiversity- types, importance, Endemic species, Biodiversity Hot-spot, Threats to biodiversity, Conservation of biodiversity.

Air pollution and control: Atmospheric Composition, Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere, Tropopause and Mesopause. Energy balance: Conductive and Convective heat transfer, radiation heat transfer, simple global temperature model [Earth as a black body, earth as albedo], Problems. Green house effects: Definition, impact of greenhouse gases on the global climate and consequently on sea water level, agriculture and marine food.Global warming and its consequence, Control of Global warming. Earth’s heat budget. Lapse rate: Ambient lapse rate Adiabatic lapse rate, atmospheric stability, temperature inversion (radiation inversion). Atmospheric dispersion: Maximum mixing depth, ventilation coefficient, effective stack height, smokestack plumes and Gaussian plume model. Definition of pollutants and contaminants, Primary and secondary pollutants: emission standard, criteria pollutant. Sources and effect of different air pollutants- Suspended particulate matter, oxides of carbon, oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulphur, particulate, PAN. Smog, Photochemical smog and London smog. Depletion Ozone layer: CFC, destruction of ozone layer by CFC, impact of other green house gases, effect of ozone modification. Standards and control measures: Industrial, commercial and residential air quality standard, control measure (ESP. cyclone separator, bag house, catalytic converter, scrubber (ventury), Statement with brief reference).

Water Pollution and Control: Hydrosphere, Hydrological cycle and Natural water. Pollutants of water, their origin and effects: Oxygen demanding wastes, pathogens, nutrients, Salts, thermal application, heavy metals, pesticides, volatile organic compounds. River/Lake/ground water pollution: River: DO, 5 day BOD test, Seeded BOD test, BOD reaction rate constants, Effect of oxygen demanding wastes on river[deoxygenation, reaeration], COD, Oil, Greases, pH. Lake: Eutrophication [Definition, source and effect]. Ground water: Aquifers, hydraulic gradient, ground water flow (Definition only) Standard and control: Waste water standard [BOD, COD, Oil, Grease], Water Treatment system [coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation and filtration, disinfection, hardness and alkalinity, softening] Waste water treatment system, primary and secondary treatments [Trickling filters, rotating biological contractor, Activated sludge, sludge treatment, oxidation ponds] tertiary treatment definition. Water pollution due to the toxic elements and their biochemical effects: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Arsenic  

Land Pollution: Lithosphere, Internal structure of earth, rock and soil.  Solid Waste: Municipal, industrial, commercial, agricultural, domestic, pathological and hazardous solid wastes; Recovery and disposal method- Open dumping, Land filling, incineration, composting, recycling. Solid waste management and control (hazardous and biomedical waste). 

Noise Pollution: Definition of noise, effect of noise pollution, noise classification [Transport noise, occupational noise, neighbourhood noise] Definition of noise frequency, noise pressure, noise intensity, noise threshold limit value, equivalent noise level, 10 L (18hr Index), Ldn . Noise pollution control. Environmental Management: Environmental impact assessment, Environmental Audit, Environmental laws and protection act of India, Different international environmental treaty/ agreement/ protocol. 

Important contacts
Dr. Pampa Pratihar
Dr. Subhra Basak Roy
Mr. Saikat Manna
Recent News & Events
Participation in the 1st National Management and Corporate Fair held at SKFGI campus

The students of 2nd year represented Department of Chemistry in 1st National Management and Corporate Fair held at SKFGI campus during February 20th and 21st, 2016. Where they performed chemistry exhibition on Amazing Fire Snake, Artificial Snow, Baking Soda & Vinegar Erupting Volcano and Flaming Flask.


A lecture series on the topic “Environment and Human Health” was organized by the Chemistry Department on 14-September-2017 at the Swami Vivekananda Auditorium of Supreme Knowledge Foundation Group of Institutions, Mankundu, Hooghly, West Bengal. This the first programme organized under the Nodal centre (Zone 5) of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology. Lectures were delivered by two eminent speakers: DR. TARIT ROYCHOWDHURY, Director, School of Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University and Dr. SANGHAMITRA MUKHERJEE, CEO, Shreemitram Environ Management, Kolkata. The lectures were focussed on environmental hazards arising out of various pollutants and other sources, water pollution, lesson for proper waste management, pesticides, industrial waste, plastic waste and other related topics. It helped the audience to become aware of the possible reasons of environmental pollution and remedy and precaution that might be adhered for a sustainable future.