Department of Chemical Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
  • Imaging Protein Dynamics at Work

    Molecular fluorescence, when observed with a time resolution of a few picoseconds, becomes a powerful tool for revealing the ‘wiggling and jiggling’ which makes the biological world ‘living’. With the state-of-the-art laser technology available today one can observe dynamics of molecules in ultrafast timescales with high sensitivity and selectivity. …..

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  • 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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  • Tracking the molecular players in neurodegenerative disorders

    In the department of chemical sciences, we investigate biophysically tractable yet biologically interesting systems, using (mostly) spectroscopic and imaging tools, most of which we build ourselves. Our recent focus has been on two problems: protein misfolding/aggregation, and vesicular neurotransmission....

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  • Peptide-MWCNT Interactions

    A model-free approach has been used to study the association of peptides onto multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) in aqueous solution at ambient pH to understand the molecular basis of interaction of the peptides with MWCNT...

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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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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

  • DCS Annual Talks 2015

    Every year the Department of Chemical Sciences (DCS) showcases its research during the "DCS Annual Talks" event. This year the talks were held over three days between Nov 4th-6th (Wed-Thurs).  

    Faculty members from the department presented snippets of their research in short talks. Participation from our colleagues from TIFR-Hyderabad  greatly enriched the research presentations,  

    Special invited talks by Prof. Michael K. Bowman (Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA) and Prof. Nandita Madhavan (Department of Chemistry, IIT-Madras). To learn more about the research background of our guest speakers, click on their names.  

    Engaging student talks were presented by Sayani Das and Bappaditya Chandra discussing advances/trends in chemical sciences.

    Students presented posters on the 4th and 5th. Winners of the best poster presentations spots:  Charu Seth (Khushalani group), Subha B.(Datta Group), and Himanshu Singh (Chary group).  

    Chem-Quiz contest winners: Team Methionine (Dwaipayan Dutta Gupta, Mona Gupta, and Joel Cornelio). Chem Quiz was enthusiastically organized by Yukti, Ayan, Mayank, Imon, Sayani, and Kalpesh.    

    The full program schedule can be found here. 

  • Breakthrough Alzheimer`s Disease Research from from Maiti group
    Prof. Sudipta Maiti`s research group has made significant contributions to the development of biophotonic instrumentation and methodology.
  • RSC article on Vivek Polshettiwar
    Vivek comes from Saudi Arabia where he was an Ass. Professor/Sr. Scientist at the Catalysis Center, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA.
  • Honors for Vivek Polshettiwar
    Vivek comes from Saudi Arabia where he was an Ass. Professor/Sr. Scientist at the Catalysis Center, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA.