The Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is one of the premier teaching and research departments in the country. The Department started its journey in early nineteen sixties under the leadership of Professor C.N.R. Rao and maintained vigorous momentum under a galaxy of exceptionally gifted faculty members over these years. Altogether, they propelled the department forward and put it firmly on the path of excellence in modern chemistry teaching and research.


Over the years, the department has been able to maintain a steady growth by not only increasing visibility in academics, but also by leading in the chemical sciences research landscape in India.

This has been made possible by the collective efforts of dedicated faculty members, motivated students and committed supporting staff. Since its inception, the department has attracted world class faculty, who are involved in research in all major areas of chemistry. Several of our faculty members are also engaged in interdisciplinary research spanning fields such as biology, physics and materials science. We offer a challenging environment for teaching and research in order to inculcate excellent working relationships with undergraduate and graduate students. The department has several state-of-the-art instruments to support cutting-edge research activities.

Moreover, we have access to the excellent facilities in other departments and centers across the Institute. The Institute also provides other infrastructural support in various forms, such as central machine shop, glass-blowing section, central library and high-performance computing facility. Together, they support all research missions of the department. For last several decades, IIT Kanpur in general and the Department of Chemistry in particular has been a role model for academic programs throughout the country.

This is due to the quality education imparted to the students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and through interactive student-teacher relations. The accomplishments of our alumni reflect the high quality training imparted during their sojourn here, as many of them occupy prominent positions in academia and industry all over the world. Our faculty members have been recognized nationally and internationally for their excellent contributions to research and teaching.

As India progresses towards becoming a global power, aspirations of the society as well as demands of the industry are undergoing significant changes. Keeping these in perspective, the Department is committed, with active support from the Institute as well as various funding agencies, to be at the forefront of exciting changes through high quality teaching and research.