Department of Chemistry was established in the year 2011 and offers M.Sc. & Ph.D. in CHEMISTRY. There are 6 permanent faculty members with excellent teaching and research experience.
The present intake for M.Sc. course is 45 and the admission is based on the merit cum roster system as per Govt. of Karnataka. The syllabus (CBSC Scheme) is on par with the curriculum framed in the best universities. The students will be trained and motivated to do their academics in the best possible manner. The board of studies (BOS) and Board of examiners (BOE) of the Dept. takes care of continuous upgradation of the syllabus and evaluation process. The campus interview is arranged for the outgoing students. Many of our students have cleared NET/SET and other competitive examinations and well placed in academic /research institute and industries.
The Ph.D. candidates are admitted based on the merit cum roster as per the RCU norms. Most of the Research scholars are working on full time basis in the lab of respective Research guides. University provide the Fellowship for OBC and SC/ST students as per Govt. of Karnataka norms.
All the faculty members are recognized as Research Guides and working on excellent research programmes in many branches of Chemistry. In additional to internal funding for Chemicals, Glasswares/ Minor Equipment’s, the external funding through Research Projects is mobilized to equip the Dept. with required Instrumental facilities (XRD, FTIR, ED-XRF, TG/DSC, GC, ED-XRF, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, Photo catalytic reactors etc. are available in the Department).
● To provide the best education in chemical science in both theory and practical’s on par with the national and international standards.
● To provide a conducive environment for the integral growth and sustainable environmental through chemical sciences and correlate with the aligned subjects for the overall development with scientific temper.
● To provide a vibrant academic environment that imparts value addition to faculty and students to achieve personal and professional growth.
● Excellent teaching and research environment in tune with national and international standards.
● Continuous upgradation of the curriculum to meet the required standards and knowledge in chemical and aligned subjects.
● Possess the required physical infrastructure and scientific instrumental facilities.
● To strengthen research activities in collaboration with academic and industry partners, disseminate knowledge through scholarly publications and translate research excellence into economic and social benefits.
M.Sc. in CHEMISTRY
Bachelor degree in
Science or equivalent degree with Chemistry as one of the subjects. The
candidate should have obtained at least 40% of marks in optional subjects as
well as in aggregate. Relaxation in respect of SC/ST/Cat -I etc. will be
followed as per prevailing rules of the university
admission shall be made as per the Reservation policy and directions issued
in this regard from time to time by the Government of Karnataka & RCU.
TWO Years (Four Semesters) as per CBCS Scheme
Ph.D. in CHEMISTRY
degree in Chemical Sciences and its equivalent subjects. Candidates who have
secured at least 55% of aggregate marks (50% for SC/ST/Cat-1/Physically
challenged) in their Master’s Degree from any UGC recognized Universities/
of THREE years and Maximum of 5 years for Full-Time Candidates/
Minimum of FOUR years and Maximum of 6 years for Part-Time Candidates
Prof. Basavaraj Padmashali, Professor & Registrar:
Prof. Basavaraj Padmashali has excelled in his academic career and obtained MSc degree in the year 1997 securing first rank with gold medal from Gulbarga university. He has qualified SLET examination in his first attempt and immediately joined Sahyadri college, Kuvempu University as a lecturer in 1998. Prof Basavaraj Padmashali has vast teaching, research experience over more than 22 years and he has been an excellent teacher in organic chemistry. He has obtained PhD degree from Kuvempu University and more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed papers and two patents. He has also written book chapters and text books for undergraduate students. Prof Padmashali Basavaraj has given invited talks in various international/national conferences and seminars. He has successfully guided 10 students for PhD and 08 students are currently working under his supervision. He is also active in securing research grants from various funding agencies like UGC, DST, BRNS and VGST. He has initiated national/international research collaboration He was instrumental in organising various international/national conferences/seminars and workshops. He has won various awards and honors in his career. Prof Basavaraj has decorated various positions in Rani Channamma University as well as other universities. He was a founder Chairman, Department of Chemistry, RCU and chairman of various boards including BOS, BOE, Doctoral committee. He was a member of selection committee to recruit the faculty members in different universities and colleges. He is working as NAAC assessor and also he is involved in helping poor children for perusingeducation as a social responsibility.
Prof. J. Manjannna:
He obtained M.Sc. in Chemistry (1995) & Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry (2001) from Kuvempu Univ. He worked in BARC, Mumbai under BRNS Project during his Ph.D. degree and then as K S Krishnan Research Associate (2002-2004). He moved to Japan as a Postdoctoral researcher (2004-2010) with JSPS and JST Fellowship at Hokkaido University., Iwate Univ., and Univ. of Tokyo. He joined Kuvempu University in Jan 2010 as Assistant Professor in the Dept of Industrial Chemistry & worked as a Coordinator for Nanoscience & Technology (M.Tech.) programme. He moved to RCU in Sept 2013 as Associate Professor of Chemistry and then became a Professor since Sept 2016.
He teaches Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry & Spectroscopy aspects to M.Sc. students & supervising Ph.D. Scholars working on material chemistry aspects including nanomaterials for energy devices, environmental remediation and biomedical applications. He has published over 90 Int. journal papers & three patents. Presently, his citations are about 2260& h-index-27 (as on July 2021).
He has received research funding from BRNS/DAE, DST and VGST. He is a Chairman and members of Board of Studies (BoS) & Board of Examiners (BoE) in many Universities. He has organized National and International Seminar/ Conference. He is active in teaching, research and administration. He is also the Chairman of Indian Society of Analytical Scientist (ISAS), Belagavi Chapter.
Dr. K. Kantharajuhas obtained Master of Science (Organic Chemistry) and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, from Bangalore University in the year 2000 and 2006 respectively. He worked as an Executive Research & Development @ Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad. He as a DBT-postdoc fellow @ Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore under the supervision of Prof. P. Balaram, later he moved to NIH-postdoc researcher at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA, after his return from postdoc joined NITK-Surthakal as an ad-hoc faculty at department of chemistry. Since from August 2013 working as an Associate Professor in the School of Basic Sciences: Department of Chemistry and having 20 years of teaching and research experiences. He has many honours & awarded for his credit namely, UGC-meritorious scholarship for 79th rank in B.Sc. Second rank in M.Sc. organic chemistry, CSIR-NET-LS (2000), DBT-Postdoc fellowship, NIH-Postdoc fellowship, VGST-SMYSR & twice Vice-Chancellor appreciation. He has published more than 45 research papers in the peer reviewed national and international journals, and proceedings of conferences with one US patent, and presented more than 80 papers in national and international conference & delivered 26 invited talks at various scientific events. He has completed three major/minor projects sanctioned from UGC-MRP, VGST & RCUB. His research interest includes Development of greener method in organic synthesis, Chemical Biology, Peptides and peptidomimetics chemical synthesis, Membrane nanocomposites, discovery/SAR studies, Protein –ligand interaction studies and Organic molecules structural study using NMR and X-ray. His teaching topics for M.Sc.programme covers organic chemistry, Analytical chemistry and spectroscopy topics. He reviewed various International Journals and Life Member of IPS and ISC. He also served in various academic and administrative positions includes Chairman, Department of chemistry; BoE; President, PG-Gymkhana; Co-ordinator-OBCs/M, Doctoral Committee, and members in LIC affiliation, BOAE and BoS bodies.
Dr. P. M. Gurubasavaraj:
Prabhuodeyara M Gurubasavaraj obtained MSc in Inorganic Chemistry and MPhil in Coordination Chemistry at Gulbarga University, Gulbarga and obtained PhD degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Georg-August University, Gottingen, Germany under the supervision of well-known organometallic pioneer, Prof. Herbert W Roesky. After his PhD, he has been selected for the prestigious Japan Society Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship and worked at Nara Institute of Science and Technolgy, Nara, Japan. He then moved to University of Rochester, New York, USA to work in NIH sponsored project on bioinorganic chemistry. After returning from US, he briefly worked as Assistant Lecturer at NIT-Surathkal before joining Rani Channamma University in 2013. He is the first faculty member from RCU to get Raman Fellowship to visit Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Chicago USA for 6 months. He has won various awards and honours in his career so far; UGC-NET Lectureship award (2000), Fellowship from Georg-August University, Germany, JSPS postdoctoral fellowship from Japan (2008), Raman Visiting Fellowship from India (2015), Young Scientist Award (VGST-SMYSR, 2015) from Government of Karnataka, Vice-Chancellor Appreciation Award (2016) Appreciation letters from Japan Government (2018 & 2019), and was Listed in Marques Who’s Who World in 2011. Dr Gurubasavaraj has been selected for JSPS-Bridge Fellowship from Japan Government and he is planning to visit Saga University (2021-22), Japan in the near future. He is a life member and General Secretary (west chapter) of Indian JSPS Alumni Association (IJAA) and a member of International EPR (ESR) Society. He has been appointed as advisory editorial member for various journals including current organocatalysis, Journal of Chemistry, etc. He has given more than 40 invited lectures at various International and National conferences, seminars and universities.
He teaches Inorganic chemistry & Spectroscopy to M.Sc. students & supervising Ph.D. Scholars working on synthetic, nano, bioinorganic and polymer chemistry. He has published over 30 publications in peer reviewed high impact journals. One of his articles is listed as the most cited article published in inorganic chemistry (ACS publication) in 2007. He has got a US patent for his work on organometallic catalysts for olefin polymerization process. He also has written 3 book chapters to Topics in Organometallic Chemistry Structure and Bonding published by Springer and Comprehensive energy Systems published by Elsevier.
He has received research funding from VGST, DST & RCU. He is involved in administration and has been a member of Board of Studies (BoS) & Board of Examiners (BoE) IQAC Coordinator (Department of chemistry) in RCU.
Dr. M. B. Sridhara:
Dr. M.B. Sridhara completed M.Sc. degree with First Class in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry) during 2002 and obtained Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 2008 from University of Mysore, Mysuru. He was awarded JRF (2003-2005) and SRF (2005-2006) Fellowship from University of Mysore, Mysore. He was worked as a Lecturer in PG Department of Chemistry, V.V. Pura College of Science, Bangalore from 2007 to 2008. Later, he was also worked as HOD of Organic Chemistry, PG Department of Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at BET Academy of Higher Education, Bharathi Nagara, Maddur Taluk, Mandya District from 2008-2011.
He was Awarded UGC-Post Doctoral Fellowship and worked at Department of Chemistry, University of Mysore during 2011-2013.
Since 2013, he is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and having more than 10 years of teaching and 12 years of research experience. He teaches organic chemistry and spectroscopy to M.Sc., Students and supervising Ph.D. scholars.
He has published 20 research papers in peer reviewed international and national journals of high repute and more than 27 research articles presented at various national and international conferences/Symposium/Seminar. His research interest includes Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Bio-Conjugation of Important Biologically Active Heterocycles to Amino Acids and Peptides, Solution Phase Peptide Synthesis, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. He is a Life Member of Indian Peptide Society, Mumbai, India and Indian Science Congress Association, Calcutta, India.
He has received research funding from RCU-MRP. He is a member of BOS, Doctoral Committee, BOAE, BOE and Department Council in RCU. He is actively involved in teaching and research.
Dr. VIDYASAGAR. C. C:
Dr. Vidyasagar C C (born in 1986), He served as Junior Under Officer (NCC “C”), M.Sc. in 2008 & Ph.D. in Chemistry (2012) from Kuvempu University. He has been awarded National Fellowship (JRF-2009 & SRF-2011) UGC, New Delhi. He worked as DST-Post-Doc Fellow at SSCU, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has been selected for the prestigious Post-Doc fellowship, National Council of Science and Technology and worked at University of Nuevo Leon, Govt. of Mexico. He received Young scientist Award from DST-ITS (2017), GoI & VGST (2015), GoK. He has been awarded twice from ELSVIER, Netherlands for the best articles. Best presentation award from Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, GoK. Appreciation Certificate from Vice-Chancellor, RCU. He got the letter for the speech on behalf of the President of India All India Radio.
He is the author of one book (Germany) & six book chapters (Elsevier & Springer). He has published over 35 Int. journal papers & two patents (Received Australian patent grant). Currently his citations are about 520 & h- index=12.He has completed 4 projects & received funds from VGST. DST and RCU. He is an Editor-in-Chief, JAMT and editorial board member of various Int. Journals (RSC, Elsevier)/educational bodies (BoS, BOAE & BoE in various Universities). He is actively involved as Convener & Coordinator for various administrative works & Life Member of ESI, IISc, Bangalore & SMC, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai.
He teaches hard core Physical Chemistry & Analytical Chemistry to M.Sc. students & supervising Ph.D. Scholars working on advanced nanomaterials for energy devices & environmental remediation.
Title of the Projects
Name of PI/Coordinator
Period & Status
for investigating the abatement of Industrial exhaust gas pollutants and the
degradation of organic moiety & mineral salts of effluents
Govt. of Karnataka
Dr. K. S. Rane
Prof. Basavaraj Padmashali
Synthesis of novel
piperazine derivatives as possible antiangiogenic agent
Studies on basic properties
of Fe-montmorillonite to clarify the integrity of altered clay minerals in
Govt. of India
Dr. J. Manjanna
Materials for energy
devices, environmental remediation and biomedical applications
Resources recycling through
urban mining using chemical methods
Resource recycling through
urban mining for sustain development : Hydro metallurgical approach
graphene oxide (rGO) embedded with metal ions for biomedical applications
Environmental remediation of
polychloro biphenyls (PCBs) using zero-valent Fe & Cu nanopartilces
relationship and peptidomimetic studies of antimicrobial peptide,
Dr. K. Kantharaju
coordination polymers deposition on graphite substrates: Effects of backbone
chain & local surface structure
Design and synthesis of
novel derivatives of curcumin from curcuma Longa Linn: Evaluation of cyclic
voltammetry and biological properties
New types of cobalt
complexes as oxygen scavengers
Dr. P.M. Gurubasavaraj
A study of mixed vegetable
dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells
Group 4 (Ti &Zr) &
Zn Metallic Complexes for Ring Opening Polymerization and CO2
Design and Synthesis of a
Novel Series of Indole-3-Butyric Acid Derived Schiff Base Derivatives and
its Antioxidant Activity
Dr. M.B. Sridhara
counter electrode film for dye-sensitized solar cells
Dr. Vidyasagar C.C
Green Synthesis of
CuO/Graphene oxide nano composite with efficient photocatalytic degradation
of industrial textile mark water
preparation of Cu-Zno metal oxide for photovoltaic cells
Green Synthesis and
Characterization Of Lead-Free Perovskites For Solar Cells
Karnataka State Council For
Science And Technology, IISc, Bangalore
(Students Summer Project)
of the guide
of the research scholar
of Registration/Reg. No
Beena B. Rachotimath
Prof. J. Manjanna
Prof. K. Kantharaju
Prashant B. Hiremath
Santosh Y. Khatavi
CHETHANA M V
PROMAD N PATIL
SOUMYASHREE D K
SHAILA G SANJEEVAGOL
KRISHANPPA B BADIGER
Dr. P. M.
SASTISHA A S
VINODKUMAR P SAJJAN
LAKKAPPA B ANIGOL
Dr. Sridhara M B
DINESH M PATIL
DEVARAJU B N
VIDHYA S L
Dr. Vidyasagar C C
SANAKOUSAR FANIBAND M
Title of the Thesis
Mr. Santosh Katavi
Mr. Anand Kabadagi
Clay mineral based inorganic–organic hybrid
materials for sorption and catalysis
Mr. Santosh Chikkmath
Investigation on alteration of clay mineral
relevant to geological waste disposal.
Mrs. Mrunal Kangralkar
Evaluation of metal oxide based nanomaterials
for the removal of heavy metals and dyes from aqueous medium.
Mr. Prashant B Hiremath (2021)
Development of green protocols for the
synthesis of heterocycles, amino acid derived heterocycles and their
• Chemical Society
• Alumni Association
• Parent Teachers Meet
• Campus Interview by Industries
• Annual Industrial/ Technical Tour
• Internship Training(Optional)/ During M.Sc. Project Work
DAE BRNS-IANCAS National Workshop on Radiochemistry & Applications of Radioisotopes [Convener: JM] Sept 20-26, 2016
Special Lecture on Importance of Millets in Diet: A Scientific Understanding[Convener: JM] 21-11-2016
Special lecture on Vedic Astrology as a tool for early Detection of Cancer [Convener: JM] 21-11-2016
Special lecture on Radiation & Photochemistry (ii) Remediation for disposal of Thermocol (Polystyrene).[Convener: JM] 25-11-2016.
Chemical Process in Sugar Industry (CHEMICAL Society Inauguration).[Convener: JM] Sept 16, 2016.
Water Management Issues on the occasion of World Water Day-2017
[Convener: JM] 31-03-2017.
Special lecture programme on NMR and related techniques
[Convener: KK] Oct. 11, 2017.
National Symposium on UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY Interaction to Promote Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship
[Convener: JM] Oct 14, 2017
Special lecture on ‘Quantum Chemistry’ [Convener: KK] xx/10/2017
National Seminar on ‘Spectroscopic Techniques & its Application in Chemical Science’ [Convener: KK] March 6-7, 2018.
National Seminar on NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY[Convener: JM] March 19, 2018
Department Achievement Info:
Innovations in teaching
and learning practiced in the department.
Allotment of Projects,
Internships, Field training & Seminars to students.
Developed teaching modules.
Multi-media and audio/visual
techniques in teaching.
Writing project proposals to
external funding agencies.
Regular Departmental Council
Teaching & Research activities.
Faculty recharge programmes by attending refresher courses and seminars/
conferences/ workshops etc.
Arranging seminars on
multidisciplinary subjects for students.
Special lectures programmes, seminars are organized in the Dept.
Technical visits are arranged
Students are encouraged to
attend Seminar and present papers.
2019-20 , 2018-19
SLET/NET Passed: 02
Research Facilities Available at the Department
• Table-top X-ray Diffractometer (XRD)
• Thermal Analyzer (TG-DTA)
• Energy dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) spectrometer
• Electrochemical Workstation with ac-impedance analyser
• Gas Chromatography (GC).
• Computational Lab (High-end PCs)
• FT-IR spectrometer (under BRNS/DAE Project).
• UV-Vis Spectrophotometer (VGST K-FIST)
• Spray Pyrolysis Unit (VGST K-FIST).
• Photo-Catalytic Reactor (VGST K-FIST)
• Gas sensor Unit (VGST K-FIST)
• Rota-evaporator (UGC-MRP)
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