Department of Chemical Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
  • Materials for Nanocatalysis

    We have developed new kind of fibrous silica nanospheres. The material exhibits excellent physical properties, including a high surface area, a fibrous surface morphology, good thermal and mechanical stability. Material was found to be very useful as a support for development of nano-catalysts and sorbents, wherein accessibility of active sites was increased significantly.

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  • Proteins and the Computational Microscope

    Theoretical modeling along with high performance computational simulations of biomolecules are probing how thermal motions of atoms drive diverse molecular scale processes such as charge transfer, enzymatic catalysis, biomolecular aggregation…..

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  • Spin Dynamics: Electron Spin Polarization and Relaxation

    Our research on Spin Dynamics attempts to understand mechanistic details that govern the generation electron spin systems in non-Boltzmann distribution and their evolution to Boltzmann distribution governed by the perturbing electron spin-lattice relaxation processes....

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  • Metabolomics for investigating disease process

    Malaria is considered to be one of the major killers in large part of the world. We believe, systems biological approaches may provide us specific insights to the mechanism of disease progression, since this involves the joint biological network of host and the parasite...

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  • Turn-on Sensors for in vivo Imaging

    The quest for unraveling fundamental biological pathways relies heavily upon the ability to precisely visualize strategic molecular players in vivo. Our group works at the interface of synthetic chemistry, molecular biology, and imaging, to develop molecular probes which give a specific ‘ON’ response only in presence of the bio-molecule of interest....

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About the Department

Scientists at the DCS explore the link between living systems and the physical laws that govern nature. They study molecules ranging in size as small as water and as large as a virus. The laws that govern interaction in molecules are best studied in well-defined and isolated small molecules. This information becomes applicable to design novel materials with exotic properties, of value to chemical and solar energy industries and to medical applications. To understand working of biological systems, studies are made on structure, dynamics and function of biological molecules. TIFR is a leader in state-of-the-art experimental techniques such as high field NMR, ultrafast lasers and single molecule methodologies.

News & events

  • Prof. R.V. Hosur elected as Fellow of ISMAR

    Prof. Ramakrishna V. Hosur has been elected as a 'FELLOW' of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in recognition of distinction in contributing to the field of magnetic resonance.

  • Special Course on Allostery by Prof. Amnon Horovitz


    Prof. Amnon Horovitz from the Weizmann Institute of Science  will be conducting a three day course on "Allosteric Models in Biology"

    Dates: Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25  January 2016

    Where: AG-80

    Lecture Timings: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Please click here for the course syllabus.


  • Awards for Vivek Polshettiwar`s research group

    Mr. Rustam Singh received best poster award in 4th International Conference on Advanced Nanomaterial and Nanotechnology (ICANN-2015), one of the best nano-conference in India, organized by IIT, Guwahati during Dec 8-11, 2015.

    Mr. Rustam Singh received best poster award in ICONSAT 2016 organized by IISER, Pune and DST, Nanomission. He presented his recent work on, "TiO2 coated KCC-1 for photocatalysis: Nanoparticle formation and quantum confinement".

    Dr. Polshettiwar is recognized as one of the 'Emerging Investigators 2016' for Novel design strategies for new functional materials by Journal of Materials Chemistry A of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.

    Dr. Polshettiwar has been awarded prestigious "Bronze Medal" by Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) for 2017.

  • Awards for Jyotishman Dasgupta's Research Group

    Ms Ankita Das won the best poster prize in the recently concluded Symposium on Advanced Bio-inorganic Chemistry (SABIC 2017) meeting in Kolkata during January 7-11th 2017. Her poster was titled: "Visible light induced C-H bond activation inside a water soluble nanocage"


    Mr. Palas Roy won the best poster award in DCS Annual meeting 2016 which took place in TIFR Colaba during December 19th to 21st 2016. The poster was titled: "Tracking Singlet Fission in Semiconducting Organic Nanoparticles"


    Ms. Ankita Das got Best Poster Award for her poster titled "Probing Dynamic Water Interaction with Molecular Nanocages Using Host-Guest Charge Transfer States" in the 2016 Ultrafast Science (UFS) theme meeting held in BARC Mumbai from 24th to 26th of November 2016


     Ms. Melby Johny got poster award for his poster titled "Tracking the photo-induced vesicle-to-fibril transition of H-Azo-Phe-Phe-OH in solution" in the 14th Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS) meeting held in Mumbai during March 16th-19th 2016.