St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), 30 Mother Teresa Sarani Kolkata 700016 West Bengal, India

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Department of Chemistry (B.Sc.)

Dr. Indranil Chakraborty (IC), M.Sc., Ph.D.
Head of the Department

B. Sc. Chemistry

The Department presently consists of eight full time faculty members and the teaching methods employed are in the form of classroom lectures, visual mode using power point presentation as well as practical classes. The theoretical papers in the UG course consist of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry in the first four semesters while in the fifth and sixth semesters, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry are also introduced. The Practical course includes Inorganic Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Inorganic Synthesis, Organic Qualitative and Synthesis, Physical Chemistry Experiments, Biochemistry and Analytical Practical, Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Computer Programming & its Application to Chemistry.

The Department has introduced ‘Instrumental Method of Analysis’ and ‘Optimization of structures of simple molecules/ bio-molecules by using DFT’ in the Skill Enhancement Course of the new CBCS curriculum. In addition, there is ‘Computer Programming with application in Chemistry’ in a DSE paper. In an incessant endeavor to inspire the students and expose them to contemporary research, the department organizes both International as well as National level Seminars every year, where renowned scientists from different parts of India and abroad participate and deliver scientific lectures. Furthermore, ‘Beyond Curricular Classrooms Lectures’ are also organized, particularly for the third year students and this gives them an opportunity to interact with the eminent scientists and professors.

  • Spectrophotometer
  • Spectro-fluorimeter
  • Cyclic Voltammeter
  • Tensiometer
  • Spectro-colorimeter
  • Melting point apparatus
  • HP Workstation (24 Core)
  • Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus (vertical)
  • Rotary Evaporator with chiller and vacuum pump
  • Modern Fume Hood
  • Oil bath with temperature control
  • Heating mantle,magnetic stirrer, steam bath
  • Digital Balance (4 Digit) , Digital Balance (3 Digit)
  • TLC Apparatus
  • Multiple suction pump
  • Conductivity meter, pH meter
  • Hot air oven, Centrifuge
  • Computer Server
Student Activities

Every year, a significant number of students qualify the JAM for pursuing M. Sc. in IITs, IISc. Bangalore, IISERs as well as in other Universities of repute like Banaras Hind University, School of Chemistry Hyderabad, Calcutta University, Jadavpur University and so on. Many of our ex-students are currently in research leading to Ph. D. in the following institute in abroad and India:

  1. Stanford University, USA.
  2. University of Chicago, USA.
  3. University of Florida, USA.
  4. Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata
  5. Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore
  6. National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
  7. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCSAR), Bangalore
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)
  9. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD)
  10. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITKGP)
  11. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK)
  12. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM)
  13. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG)
  14. Indian Institute of Technology, Indore (IITI)
  15. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Pune.
  16. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Bhopal.
  17. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  18. University ofCalcutta, Kolkata.
  19. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.
  20. Pondicherry University, Pondicherry.
  21. Purdue University, USA.
  22. Ohio State University, USA.
  23. ÉcolePolytechnique, France.
Seminars and Lectures
  • 17th and 24th February, 2022: Department of Chemistry, SXC, organized 2-day webinar entitled “Recent Advances in Chemical and Biological Sciences’22” comprising of four lectures by eminent scientists from US and Canada.
  • 2nd August, 2022: An ex-student of the department, Dr. Soumya Mukherjee, currently engaged to the Department of Neurology, Washington University delivered a lecture to UG students of Chemistry.
  • 15th and 16th September, 2022: “National Seminar on Chemical Sciences- NSCS 2022, from Academia to Industry” where a total of nine lectures were delivered by eminent scientistsfrom IITB, IITKGP, IITG, IISc. Bangalore, IACS Kolkata, IISER Mohali, Visvesvaraya NIT Nagpur and JU Kolkata) and industry personnel (HUL) from different parts of the country. A scientific poster session was held for students/ research scholars and faculty members.

Achievements of Students
  • PrithaGhoshranked 5th, AlokApanSwatiputra ranked 6th and Debarjun Mukherjee, 26th in IITJAM 2022.
  • AlokApanSwatiputra qualified the entrance exam for admission to TIFR, 2022.
  • IpsitaChowdhuryhas received the MAECI Scholarship for MS in Venice, Italy.
  • First position in 25th“ChemiQuiz” organized by Department of Chemistry,Presidency University, Participants :AlokApanSwatiputra, Debaarjun Mukherjee, PrithaGhosh.
  • First position in “Elements 2k22” (Chemistry Quiz) organized by Department of Chemistry, RKMRC Narendrapur, Participants: AlokApanSwatiputra, IpsitaChoudhury, PrithaGhosh.
  • First position in “Chemathon-II” (Chemistry Quiz) organized by Department of Chemistry, Adamas University, Participants: AlokApanSwatiputra, PrithaGhosh, Saptarshi Bhattacharya.
Summer Internships by the students


Name Topic Institute
Debarjun Mukherjee Couple Cluster Theory IIT Bombay
Arup Sarkar Metal mediated N‒N bond cleavage Jadavpur University
AnushkaMitra Metal Organic Framework Jadavpur University
AlankritaNegi Scientific Instrumentation Techniques for photochemical analysis NBRI, Lucknow
PaulameMajhi&JhanwhiPathak Theoretical Exploration of Redox non-innocent ligands SXC, Kolkata


Achievement of research scholars


Soumitra Dindawas awarded the Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from Calcutta University under the supervision of Dr. Sanjib Ganguly. He further received post-doctoral fellowship at IIT Gandhinagar.


Recent Faculty Activities

Activities of Faculty members

Dr. Sanjib Ganguly: Resource Person in international webinar on “Impact of Covid-19 on education at institutions of Higher Education across the globe” on 25th April, 2022 organized by Central Connecticut State University, USA.

Research publications of the Faculty Members:

  1. Azo-oximate metal-carbonyl to metallocarboxylic acid via the intermediate Ir(III) radical congener: quest for co-ligand driven stability of open- and closed-shell complexes: S. Dinda, S. Pramanik, J.Basu, S. C. Patra, K. Pramanik and Sanjib Ganguly, Dalton Trans., 2022, 51, 10121-10135.
  2. A perspective on exploration of synthetic reaction pathways of stable metallocarboxylic acids and structural features of MCOOH moiety: S. Pal, S. Dinda andSanjib Ganguly, Organomet. Chem., 2022, 968-969, 122355.
  3. Diarylazooxime complex of cobalt(III): synthesis, structure, ligand redox, DFT calculations and spectral characteristics: S.Dinda,KoushikSarkar, B. K. Panda, K. PramanikandSanjib Ganguly,Transition Metal Chemistry, 2022, 47, 31–38
  4. Molecular and Electronic Structures, Spectra, Electrochemistry and Anti‐bacterial Efficacy of Novel Heterocyclic Hydrazones of Phenanthrenequinone and Their Nickel (II) Complexes: S.Dinda, D.Maitra, B. Roy, P. Khan, A.Samajdar, Arup Kumar Mitra, S. Roy, A.Mondal, K.Pramanik andSanjib Ganguly, ChemistrySelect, 2022,
  5. Role of surface active materials (amphiphiles and surfactants) in the formation of nanocolloidal dispersions, and their applications. SatyaPriyaMoulik, IndranilChakraborty, Animesh Kumar Rakshit, Surf. Detergents. Accepted, DOI: 10.1002/jsde.12612.
  6. Rhodamine 6G-based efficientchemosensor for trivalent metal ions (Al3+, Cr3+ and Fe3+) upon single excitation with applications in combinational logic circuits and memorydevices. Dipankar Das, RabiulAlam and Mahammad Ali,Analyst, 2022, 147, 471.

Faculty Development Program attended by the Faculty members:

  1. Rahul Sharma, Mr. Dipankar Das and Dr. KoushikSarkar attended “The Nuances of Scientific Writing and Publishing” from 11th July to 19thJuly 2022 by All India Association for Christian Higher Education, New Delhi and Madras Christian College (Autonomous), Chennai.
  2. IndranilChakraborty, Dr. Sanjib Ganguly, Dr. Ankur Ray, Dr. Rahul Sharma, Mr. Dipankar Das and Dr. KoushikSarkarattended “Professional Scientific Development Programme (PSDP) 2022” from 23rd November to 30th November 2022 organized by St. Xavier’s College (autonomous), Kolkata sponsored by DBT Star College Scheme, SXC.
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