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Course Curriculum


Engineering Chemistry: Theory

Chemical Thermodynamics: Concept of Thermodynamic System: diathermal wall, adiabatic wall, isolated system, closed system, open system, extensive property, intensive property Introduction to first law of thermodynamics: different statements, mathematical form; internal energy: physical significance, mathematical expression (ideal and real gas), Enthalpy: physical significance, mathematical expression Cp and Cv: definition and relation; adiabatic changes; reversible and irreversible processes; application of first law of thermodynamics to chemical processes: exothermic, endothermic processes, law of Lovoisier and Laplace, Hess's law of constant heat summation, Kirchoff's law Second law thermodynamics; Joule Thomson and throttling processes; inversion temperature; evaluation of entropy: characteristics and expression, entropy change in irreversible process, entropy change for irreversible isothermal expression of an ideal gas, entropy change of a mixture of gases Work function and free energy: physical significance, mathematical expression for ideal and real gases obeying Vander Waals' equation, Gibbs Helmholtz equation: Condition of spontaneity and equilibrium; non ideal systems, activity and activity coefficient, partial molar properties, chemical potential to multicomponent systems, Gibbs Duhem relation; application of thermodynamics to phase transition  Atoms and Molecules: Homonuclear and heteronuclear diatomics, covalent bonds, ionic bonds and electronegativity concepts, hybridzation and shapes of molecules, non-covalent interaction (Vander Waals and hydrogen bonding).


Solid State Chemistry: Introduction to stoichiometric defects (Schottky & Frenkel) and non-stoichiometric defects (Metal excess and metal deficiency); role of silicon and germanium in the field of semiconductor, transistors, rectifier and photovoltaic cells; the process for preparing microminiaturized semiconductor devices: integrated circuits

Reaction Dynamics: Reaction laws: rate and order; molecularity; first and second order kinetics; mechanism and theories of reaction rates (Transition state theory, Arrhenius equation)

Structure and Reactivity of Organic Molecule: Inductive effect; resonance; hyperconjugatin; electromeric effect; carbanion and free radicals; brief study of some addition, elimination and substitution reactions  

Polymerization: Concepts, classifications and industrial applications; polymerization processes, degree of polymerization (addition and condensation polymerization); preparation, structure and use of some common polymers: plastic (PE, PP, PVC bakelite), rubber (natural rubber, SBR, NBR), fibre (nylon 6,6, polyester); conducting and semiconducting polymers.

Industrial Chemistry: Solid, liquid and gaseous fuels; constituents of coal, carbonization of coal, coal analysis, proximate and ultimate analysis; classification of coal Petroleum, gasoline, octane number, aviation fuel, diesel, cetane number; natural gas, water gas.

Electrochemistry: Conductance of electrolytic solutions, specific conductance, equivalent conductance, molar conductance and ion conductance; effect of temperature and concentration; basic ideas and inter ionic attractions; transport numbers and hydration ions, electrochemicals cells; cell emf and its thermodynamic significance; single electrode potentials and its applications; hydrogen half cell and calomel half cell; conductometric titrations: SA vs SB & SA vs WB; precipitation titration KCL vs AgNO3


Engineering Chemistry: Practical

1. To Determine the alkalinity in a given water sample.
2. Red-ox titration (estimation of iron using permanganometry)
3. To determine calcium and magnesium hardness of a given water sample separately.
4. To determine the value of the rate constant for the hydrolysis of ethyl acetate catalyzed by hydrochloric acid.
5. Heterogeneous equilibrium (determination of partition coefficient of acetic acid between n-butanol and water)
6. Viscosity of solutions (determination of percentage composition of sugar solution from viscosity)
7. Conductometric titration for determination of the strength of a given HCl solution by titration against a standard NaOH solution.
8. pH- metric titration for determination of strength of a given HCl solution against a standard NaOH solution.
9. Determination of dissolved oxygen present in a given water sample.
10. To determine chloride ion in a given water sample by Argentometric method 

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. Nirmal Kumar Das
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.