Chemical Society Events


Chemical Society Seminar: (Late)Prof. Charusita Chakravarty 2nd Memorial Lecture, 27th March 2019

Dynamics of Water in Biomolecules



Prof. Marcia C. Barbosa

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre

Brazil
Date: March 27th 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Committee Room (MS710), Chemistry Department, 6th Floor, Main Building

Abstract:

Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to study the water structure and dynamics in the hydration shell of two biomolecules: the globular TS-Kappa protein and the DNA. Our results for the protein show that for a wide range of temperatures the diffusion coefficient of water near the protein surface is lower than in bulk. A crossover in the diffusion behavior of hydration water is observed at different temperatures at hydrophilic and hydrophobic vicinities of the protein. We found a correlation between the crossover in the hydrophilic case and the protein dynamical transition. We also study the mobility of water within the major and minor groove of the DNA. Similarly to what happens for the protein, the water shows a lower diffusion constant and a crossover associated with the DNA mobility. An explanation in terms of the competition between water-water water-protein H-bond formation is provided based on H-bond network analysis.

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Chemical Society Seminar

Centenary of Science Departments in Indian Universities : A Comprehension



Prof. Arun K. Grover

Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University)

Chandigarh-160012
Date: February 11th 2019 (Monday)
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Room 101, Bharti Building

Abstract:

Establishment of Hindu College (school section to begin with) by Raja Ram Mohan Rai in Calcutta in 1817 marks the beginning of secular English education in India. The College was taken over by the then government in 1854 and renamed Presidency College. Calcutta University was set up in 1857 as a merely examining body. Sixty years later (in 1917), its legendary Vice Chancellor (VC) Justice Sir Asutosh Mukherjee (1864-1924) could succeed in nucleating the University Departments for post graduate teaching and research, concurrent with the assumption of Palit Professorship by Sir C V Raman at Indian Association of Cultivation of Science (IACS), and induction of University toppers, like, Meghnad Saha, Satyan Bose, S K Mitra, S K Banerjee, J C Ghosh and J N Mukherjee in the newly created University College of Science as research and teaching faculty. This success spurred its replication in other Universities of India. As we mark the completion of the centenary of Science departments in India, I shall share a comprehension connecting the following dots : (i) Addition of Punjab to British administered territories (1849) to extend their domain over the entire Indian sub-continent, (ii) commencement of regulation of school education (1854-56), (iii) nucleation of three affiliating Universities at Calcutta, Madras and Bombay (1857), (iv) permitting creation of a constituent college of Calcutta University at Lahore and establishing Muir Central College at Allahabad (1869), which progressed to become (People’s) University of Panjab in 1882 and University of Allahabad in 1887, respectively ; (v) promulgation of Indian Universities Act, 1904 for the then five Universities, encouraging college teachers to take study leave, providing grants to Universities to invite faculty from abroad (a la contemporary GIAN scheme) and enticing Universities to appoint Professors along with Lecturers to kick start their research agenda (alas, sans any financial support), (vi) partnership between Ms Annie Besant and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya to get promulgated BHU Act (1915) and have its its foundation stone laid (1916), (vii) establishment of University of Mysore (1916), Osmania (1918) and AMU (1920); (viii) Sir B N Seal (1864-1938), a contemporary of Sir Asutosh Mukherjee, as the first King George-V Chair Professor of Philosphy (1913-21) at Calcutta University, and as VC, University of Mysore (1921-29); (ix) movement of Dr. S Radhakrishnan from Madras Presidency College (1909-18) to University of Mysore (1918-21) to University of Calcutta (1921-28) to Oxford University (1929) to Andhra University (as VC from 1931-36) to BHU (as VC from 1939-48); (x) Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) as Research Professor at BHU (1921-24), as first Director, University Chemical Laboratories, Lahore (1925-39), his movement from Lahore to Calcutta to aid the creation and registration of CSIR as a Society (1942), his appointment as the first Indian to be Secretary, Higher Education (1947) and the first Chairman, UGC (1953); (xi) initiation of TIFR by Dr. Homi Bhabha (1945), formation of Committee for Atomic Research in CSIR (1945), creation of Atomic Energy Commission (1948); (xii) initiation of Annual Indian Science Congress by Asutosh Mukherjee (1914), establishment of Science Academies by Meghnad Saha at Allahabad (1930) & by C V Raman at Bangalore (1934) and creation of National Institute of Sciences (at Calcutta in 1934), which transforms as INSA; (xiii) initiation of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) by P C Mahalanobis & his colleagues at Calcutta (1932); (xiv) contributions of Dr. J N Mukherjee and Dr. B P Pal, to IARI, and (xv) movement of Dr J C Ghosh, Director, IISc. Bangalore to IIT-Kharagpur as its first Director (1953).
About the speaker: Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, assumed responsibility as the 12th Vice Chancellor of Panjab University (PU) in 2012 and completed his two three years terms in 2018. He served at the prestigious Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai for over four decades rising to the rank of Senior Professor. He superannuated from TIFR on December 31, 2016. TIFR had assigned him the responsibility of commemorating the Birth Centenary of Dr. Homi Bhabha from 2008-11.The Alumni Association of TIFR awarded him its Excellence award in 2018. He is an experimental physicist who has published over two hundred research papers in broad areas of magnetism and superconductivity and he has to his credit a US Patent. He was awarded the first BRUKER Young Scientist Award for NMR applications in Physical Sciences in 1982. In recognition of his research in superconductivity, Dr. Grover was awarded Research Award for Foreign Specialists by Science and Technology Agency of Government of Japan in 1991. He received Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award of BARC in 1995, MRSI Medal in 1996, elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (1997) and National Academy of Sciences of India (1997). He served as the Convener of Homi Bhabha Birth Centenary Commemoration Committee from 2008-11 and Vice President of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2016-18). He is currently the Chairperson of Research Council of National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, Member, Governing Council of CSIR and Member, Board of Governors, Panjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University), Chandigarh. His current responsibility at PEC, Chandigarh envisages development of entrepreneurial activities, mentoring of Faculty for enhanced R&D activities, inter-disciplinary research and industrial consultancy.

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Chemical Society Seminar

The Art of Scientific Publication

(How to Make Your Next Paper Scientifically Effective?)


Prof. Prashant V. Kamat

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Radiation Laboratory

Notre Dame, USA; Webpage: http://www.kamatlab.com
Date: February 6th 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:00 Noon
Venue: Committee Room (MS710), Chemistry Department, 6th Floor, Main Building

Abstract:

Sharing scientific knowledge through publications is an integral part of research career. Since more and more organizations evaluate scientific productivity by scholarly publication rates, the impact of published work becomes an important issue.1-3 New researchers face the challenge of mastering the art of scientific publication to draw attention to their new scientific findings. Whether or not we want to describe science in such terms, scientific publishing is competitive in nature, and thus younger scientists must vie with their more experienced peers for recognition. While the electronic age has made the publication process easier and quicker, optimizing the structure of a scientific paper requires a certain degree of skill and proficiency. It is important to realize that a well-composed manuscript with a compelling scientific story that can appeal to the journal’s readership sees a higher rate of success. The lecture will address following questions.
What are common practices in publishing scientific work?
What are common misconceptions?
What are the key steps that are necessary to compose an effective paper?
How to respond to reviewers’ comments?

    Additional Reading:
  1. How to Make Your Next Paper Scientifically Effective. Kamat, P.; Schatz, G. C., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 1578-1581. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jz4006916 (OA Article)
  2. Kamat, P. V.; Buriak, J. M.; Schatz, G. C.; Weiss, P. S. Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2014, 5, 3519-3521. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1021/jz502010v (OA Article)
  3. “On Being a Scientist” –U.S. National Academy Press. http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12192.html (Free Download)

  4. About the speaker: Prof. Prashant V. Kamat is John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a Principal Scientist of Radiation Laboratory, University of Notre Dame. He is also a Concurrent Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Kamat earned his masters (1974) and doctoral degree (1979) in Physical Chemistry from Bombay University, and carried out his postdoctoral research at Boston University (1979–1981) and University of Texas at Austin (1981–1983). His area of research covers a wide range of topics including solar cells, hydrogen generation, batteries and chemical sensors. He is more known for his outstanding contribution in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, specifically Quantum dot solar cells. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical Society. He has also received the CRSI medal by the Chemical Research Society of India and the Langmuir Lectureship award. Currently, he is serving as an editor-in-chief of "ACS Energy Letters" and deputy editor of "J. Phys. Chem. Lett."

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Chemical Society Seminar

Chemistry at the Nanoscale: When Every Reaction is a Discrete Event



Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy

Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi
Date: January 17th 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Committee Room, Chemistry Department, 6th Floor

Abstract:

Traditionally the kinetics of a chemical reaction has been studied as a set of coupled ordinary differential equations. The law of mass action, a tried and tested principle for reactions involving macroscopic quantities of reactants, gives rise to deterministic equations in which the variables are species concentrations. In recent years, though, as smaller and smaller systems - such as an individual biological cell, say - can be studied quantitatively, the importance of molecular discreteness in chemical reactions has increasingly been realized. This is particularly true when the system is far from the 'thermodynamic limit' when the numbers of all reacting molecular species involved are several orders of magnitude smaller than Avogadro's number. In such situations, each reaction has to be treated as a probabilistic 'event' that occurs by chance when the appropriate reactants collide. Explicitly accounting for such processes has led to the development of sophisticated statistical methods for simulation of chemical reactions, particularly those occurring at the cellular and sub-cellular level.

About the speaker: Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi, is President of Indian Academy of Sciences (2016-18). Prof. Ramaswamy’s research interests are in the intersection of nonlinear science, statistical physics, and computational biology. He is also a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and of The World Academy of Sciences, (TWAS).

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Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Chemical Society Event: Prof. Charusita Chakravarty 1st Memorial Lecture, 28th March 2018

Title: Nanoparticle Assemblies in Polymers: Fundamental Studies Enabling Applications
Speaker: Prof. Sanat K. Kumar, Bykhovsky Professor of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, USA
Date: March 28th 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 5.15 pm - 6.15 pm
Venue: LH-416

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Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Chemical Society Event: Second Faculty Interactive Seminar

Title: Crystallisation of Molybdate Based Materials: Molecular Insights
Speaker: Prof. A. Ramanan, Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi
Date: March 19th 2018 (Monday)
Time: 5.15 pm - 6.15 pm
Venue: LH-527

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Department of Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Chemical Society Event: First Faculty Interactive Seminar

Title: Chalcogen Tailored Metal Based Catalysts for Some Organic Reactions
Speaker: Prof. A. K. Singh, Department of Chemistry, IIT Delhi.
Date: February 12th 2018 (Monday)
Time: 5.15 pm - 6.15 pm
Venue: LH-108

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