Department of Chemical Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
  • 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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  • Supersonic Jet Spectroscopy of Weak H-bonds

    Supersonic Jet Spectroscopy of molecular clusters is being used to investigate weak non-covalent interactions. Such forces play important roles in imparting structures to various biopolymers and also enable them to carry out many functions in living organisms under ordinary conditions that keep the biological systems ticking....

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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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  • Rational Design of an Artificial Peroxidase

    We have rationally modified the active site of this thermostable P450 to introduce a residue at the distal heme pocket that could act as an acid-base catalyst and thus enhance the peroxidase activity in the mutant enzyme. This could potentially lead to the creation of a thermally stable artificial peroxidase...

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  • Structure/Dynamics of Proteins and Fibrils from Solid State NMR

    Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of solid materials reveals structural and dynamics information. The methods make use of a combination of sample preparation, radiofrequency pulse sequence design, acquisition of multi-dimensional spectra techniques to get geometry information and structural elucidation…..

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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.