Master of Science

Inorganic Chemistry | M.Sc.(Inorg.Chem)

It is a four semester Autonomous Programme. The highlight of the programme is full time project work/ internship in fourth semester to inculcate Research and Innovation Aptitude. The curriculum is framed in such a manner that students are able to appear for various competitive exams such as NET/SET/GATE successfully. Students are encouraged to gain in depth knowledge through online courses offered by NPTEL and SWAYAM platforms for which additional credits are given in the final marksheet.

Skill enhancement courses like Research methodology, Solid state chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, Radiochemistry, Instrumental methods of analysis, Applied material chemistry such as Nanomaterials and nanotechnology have been introduced to enable students to determine their career path in research institution, Chemical Industry. Nanomaterials and nanotechnology are the expanding branches of inorganic chemistry that promise advances in sensing and catalysis also.

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Key Information

Pedagogy

Following strategies are used in combinations with different groups of students to improve their teaching-learning experience.

  • Blended Learning through Flipped classes with interactive learning strategies like Jigsaw Activity, Round Robin and Think Pair Share.
  • Experiential Learning -Giving way for creativity and innovation.
  • Development of soft skills and communication skills through organization of Inter collegiate Departmental Festival by students – RASAYAN
  • Students planning their Research Based Pedagogical Tools for UG projects
  • LMS such as Google Classroom and Moodle are being used

Career Prospects

The main employers of Analytical chemistry post graduates are in the chemistry related industries: Pharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Metallurgical, Petrochemicals, Plastics and polymers, Food and drink industry, Paints and Pigments, Surfactants, Forensic Science etc.

Government Jobs: Scientific Officer post in the labs of Defense Research Development and Organization (DRDO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) (www.barc.gov.in).

Academics: Students can pursue B.Ed. and join as a teacher in National and International Schools and Junior Colleges. Students can appear for SET/NET and join as Assistant Professor in Degree Colleges.

Higher Education:

Students can do Ph.D. in leading Research and Academic Institutions like:

  • K. J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce (KJSSC) and Somaiya Vidyavihar University (SVU)
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
  • Indian Institute of Sciences Education and Research (IISER)
  • Homi Bhabha National Institute (BARC)
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
  • Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT)
  • University of Mumbai, University Affiliated Colleges, Deemed Universities.

Other Educational opportunities: Students can pursue various degree and diploma courses in the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Law (LLB), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Clinical Research, Bioinformatics, Quality Assurance, Instrumental Analysis, Packaging, Food and Drugs Analysis, Cosmetics and Perfumery Analysis, Solar Energy.

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Programme outcomes

At the end of the Programme student will be able to

  • PO1: Relate Cutting-edge Knowledge in Nanoscience, Material Chemistry and Nuclear Chemistry to develop state of the art technologies for improving the quality of life.
  • PO2: Acquire strong theoretical basis of core topics in Inorganic chemistry like Coordination Chemistry, Inorganic Reaction Mechanism and Organometallic Chemistry.
  • PO3:Understand bonding in Inorganic Polymers, Cage and Cluster compounds
  • PO4: Elaborate the role of metal, non-metals and metalloproteins in biology, medicine and toxicology.
  • PO5: Analyse and interpret data to produce meaningful conclusions and recommendations by studying Advanced spectroscopic methods and Characterisation techniques.
  • PO6: Evaluate precursors with the help of Thermal methods and microscopic techniques qualitatively as well as quantitatively.
  • PO7: Design and carry out scientific experiments and appreciate the central role of chemistry in our society.
  • PO8:Explore new areas of research in both chemistry and allied fields of science and technology.
  • PO9: Construct a research problem and communicate the results of scientific work in oral, written and e- formats to both scientists and the public at large.
  • PO10:Recognize the importance of Individual and team work in collaborative projects.
  • PO11:Commit to professional ethics and responsibilities of the chemical science practice.
  • PO12:Adapt problem solving skills and have preparedness in lifelong learning of technological change.

Curriculum

First Year (Semester- I)

The course discusses the basic and advanced concepts and applications of thermodynamics. Electrochemical principles like electrolytic conductance and ionic interactions and applications of these concepts in batteries and fuel cells.

This course contains four modules. Module 1 includes Inorganic reaction mechanism, racemization and isomerization. Module 2 focuses on synthesis, structure and bonding of organometallic compounds. Module 3 and 4 involve different structures of solids and inorganic cage, cluster compounds respectively.

This course includes four modules. Module I covers Physical organic chemistry and reaction mechanism, Module II includes Carbonyl group Chemistry. Module III focuses on Stereochemistry I which covers the basics of stereochemistry including principles of axial and planar chirality with nomenclature, prochirality and topicity. Module IV gives various Oxidation reduction reactions of organic compounds.

This course emphasis on analytical methods and its classification, Types of instruments and its components along with working, Fiber optics, Fourier Transform techniques, basic quality systems, quality audit, quality managements, laboratory staffs and their responsibilities.The course also focused on basic theories, instrumentation and applications of GC, HPLC, Partition chromatography, IR and UV-Visible spectroscopy.

First Year (Semester- II)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the mathematical foundations of quantum chemistry, as well as applications of quantum mechanics on free particle, particle in a one, two and three dimensional box, harmonic oscillator etc. Understand the concept of rate of change associated with chemical change, identifying the kinetics of reaction in solution, enzyme catalysis and reactions in solids.

This course intended to introduce chemical bonding, molecular orbital theory and bent rule. Module 2 focuses on the study of organometallic chemistry of f block elements and catalytic cycles and applications of organometallic compounds. Basic concepts of group theory, symmetry and construction of character tables are involved in module 3. Module 4 explains about inorganic ring and chain compounds. In this module types of silicates, phosphazene and detailed study of zeolites have been introduced.

This course includes four modules Reaction pathways encompassing electrophilic, nucleophilic substitution reactions, and neighboring group participation.

Pericyclic reactions include the role of FMOs and classification of pericyclic reactions, approaches to predict the activation and stereochemistry of products formed.

Metals/Nonmetals in organic synthesis includes the role of organo boron, silicon, magnesium lithium and copper compounds in organic synthesis.

Spectroscopy I includes the principles and applications of UV, IR, NMR spectroscopy and their application in structure elucidation of organic compounds.

In this course, separation techniques like solvent extraction, super critical fluids, HPTLC along with various electrophoresis methods such as MECKE, SDS-PAGE, CITPE and CIEFE in detailed are focused. The course also emphasis on basic theories, instrumentation and applications of NMR, Mass and Electroanalytical techniques such as Electrogravimetry, Coulometry, Ion Selective Electrodes, Chronopotentiometry and Chronoamperometry.

Second Year (Semester- III)

This course is intended to introduce different structures of solids, defects or imperfections that can arise in regular structure, different methods of synthesis of inorganic solid materials i.e. chemical and physical methods, application of group theory to inorganic cage and cluster compounds.

This course focuses on coordination chemistry. Synthesis of coordination compounds, MOT of tetrahedral, square planar and square pyramidal complexes and chirality and stereochemistry of coordination compounds have been introduced in module 1. Module 2 focuses on reactivity of chemical species, acidity, basicity parameters and different diagrams for the calculation of emf values. In module 3 classification, synthesis and characterization of schiff base ligands and its metal complexes and stability constant of complexes have been incorporated. Module 4 focuses on the role of metal ions in biological systems.

This course is intended to introduce advanced instrumental techniques with their principle and applications. The course contains the following techniques such as Mossbauer, Raman, ESR, hyphenated techniques, X-ray and thermal methods. This course also focuses on surface characterization by spectroscopic and microscopic techniques such as ESCA, AES, SEM, TEM and AFM.

This course is intended to impart knowledge of nanochemistry. It deals with properties, types, synthesis methods and applications of nanomaterials in various fields such as agriculture, cosmetic, textile, environmental, medicine, etc. This course also includes study of paints, pesticides, detergents, alloys, glass and explosives.

Second Year (Semester- IV)

This course focuses on study of industrially important chemicals, metallurgical processes of some important transition metals. It also includes study of non heme proteins in biological systems. Study of nuclear fuels and superheavy elements along with inorganic pharmaceuticals is also included.

This course is intended to teach various diffraction methods and vibrational spectroscopy. It includes study and applications of NMR, NQR and ESR spectroscopy. It also deals with inorganic photochemistry and interpretation of electronic spectra.

This course is intended to study air and water pollution. It includes air pollution control technology, solid waste disposal and sewage waste water treatment system. This course gives ideas about non-renewable sources of energy. Principles of green chemistry, environmental policies, regulation and assessment have been included in this course.

Note : SEMESTER IV "** Internship/Project work Conditions Apply/subject to availability in Post COVID scenario"

Differentiators

M.Sc. Inorganic Chemistry Programme at KJSSC is unique because it offers

  • Workshops on Spectroscopy, Inorganic Instrumentations
  • Making of solid state models and exhibition.
  • Research paper presentation.
  • Project based Learning, cooperative learning strategies.
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) such as Moodle, Google Classroom, Google quiz, Webinars, Google meet, Microsoft Teams, OFFEE, Educational videos etc.
  • Interaction with Stalwarts through Seminar, Workshops
  • Annual Intercollegiate Fest RASAYAN
  • Industrial Visit
  • Personal Mentoring
  • Use of research software Scifinder, Scopus etc.
  • Research Paper/Review writing.

Coordinator

Mrs. Madhavi Kate
madhavi.kate@somaiya.edu