Department of Chemistry

Head of the Department

Prof. Tanmaya Pathak

Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Kharagpur - 721 302 INDIA
Phone : + 91-3222-282251(Office)
+91-3222-282252 (Head)
Fax : + 91-3222-282252


Chemistry Department was one of first few departments started in IIT Kharagpur in 1952. Professor J.C. Ghosh, the first director of the institute played crucial role in the installation and development of the department. Ever since the inception, the department has established a tradition of excellence in education and research in the arena of chemistry in the country. With its multifaceted research activities and excellent facilities, the department provides one of the best academic environments in the nation.


The department has focused its research activities on basic and contemporary areas of chemistry, relevant to the society. The major research fields encompass interdisciplinary areas such as bioinorganic, bioorganic, biophysical, computational, material, nanomaterial, organometallic, polymer, solid-state, and theoretical chemistry in addition to the traditional divisions i.e. inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The department publishes over 150 research articles per year in the peer reviewed top journals. The department presently has 32 faculty members. The current strength of the Ph.D. scholars of the department is over 140 and that of the master students is about 150.