Head: Prof. Asit K. Chandra
Contact: 0364 - 272 2601
Prof. A.K Chandra, Head
Department of Chemistry
North-Eastern Hill University
Shillong 793 022
Established in the year 1976, the Department of Chemistry has been imparting higher education in Chemistry by training students through its ongoing M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes. The academic and research programmes of the Department have been designed to enable the students to acquire a good understanding of Chemistry at the molecular level. The instrumentation and library facilities of the Department have been extensively utilized by members of various other educational institutions. The research is funded by several departmental grants as well as from major Indian funding agencies like DST, CSIR, UGC, NEC and others.
There are about 64 M.Sc. students in post-B.Sc. 4-semester Master of Science program. The Department also has a strong Ph.D. program with around 60 Ph.D. students working under 17 faculty members with areas of research encompassing all major sub-disciplines of chemistry.
The Department offers two year (semester wise) Master of Science and Ph.D. programme in different fields of Chemistry.
Experiments performed in laboratories are crucial to the understanding of natural phenomena, and are an integral part of research and training in Chemistry.
The research laboratories are currently equipped with a Hitachi Spectrofluorophotometer (Hitachi F-4500), the LCR Meter (Wayne Kerr 6440B); Spectro Electrochemical Measurement Equipments, Auto- MSB Magnetic Susceptibility Measurement Balance under the DST-FIST program.
The other instruments acquired and installed under various research projects of Faculty Members are Perkin-Elmer Lambda 25 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer; Millipore Elix-3 Water Purification System; 1 Unit of Millipore Water Purifier; Hitachi U-2900 UV/VIS; Julabo Heating & Refrigerated Circulator; Orion Ion Selective Electrodes etc.
Other experimental facilities like NMR, SEM, TEM etc are provided by SAIF.
In the recent past, computer simulation of chemical problem has played an important role in the development of chemistry, particularly in the context of systems with week interactions and many degrees of freedom. The Department has four high-speed workstations (HP xw8600) to facilitate heavy computing. Among the softwares the Department have Gaussian 03, Amber, TurboMole and many others for high-performance computing.