Saturday, June 19, 2010

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is one of the oldest thriving Departments of the University. It is housed in two Blocks: the Old Block was erected in 1896 and the New Postgraduate Chemistry Block was constructed in the 1990s. The New Postgraduate Block has seven well-equipped laboratories with modern apparatus. A galaxy of distinguished scientists has chaired the Department of Chemistry here at GCU Prof. Dunnicliff, a prescient scholar and educationist, joined the Department as Chairperson in 1917 while simultaneously chairing the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of the Punjab. After the Professor’s promotion to Principal, Government College Lahore, Bhai Man Singh replaced him at the Department, becoming the first Indian Professor of Chemistry at GC. He remained Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, from 1936 to 1947. At the time of the Partition of the Subcontinent in 1947, Pir Ghulam Waris took over the responsibility of chairing the Department. Dr. Riffat Siddiqui held the Chair from 1950 to 1957. Dr. M.A. Azim became the Chairperson in 1958 and retired in 1970. The Chairpersons succeeding him are: Prof. Mahboob Shah Hashmi, Dr. Ahsan Akhtar, Prof. Masood Hassan Khan, Dr. Anwar Chaudhry, Dr. M. A. Rehman, Dr. B.A. Khokhar, Dr. M. Nasim Akhtar and Prof. M. Akram Kashmiri. Prof. M. Saeed Iqbal is the present Chairperson of the Department.

Facilities Library

The Library at the Department of Chemistry has an extensive collection of books, journals and other research material. The Library has material on Physical, Inorganic, Organic, Bio, Analytical and Applied Chemistry.


The Department has the following state of the art and well equipped laboratories.
• Materials Chemistry
• Physical Chemistry
• Natural Products
• Biochemistry
• Advanced Research Lab-I
• Advanced Research Lab-II
• Organic Lab
• Process Development Lab
• Applied Chemistry
• Inorganic Chemistry
• B.Sc Physics Chemistry
• B.Sc. Inorganic Chemistry

Research Groups
• Metal-Based Drug Development
• Biomaterials
• Materials & Analytical Chemistry
• Biotransformations
• Natural Products
• Herbal Medicine
• Bioremediation
• Pesticides
• Surface Chemistry
Research Projects

The Department promotes a culture of inquiry and research and prods its students to carve a niche for themselves in the field of research. Currently, the Department has undertaken 25 research projects in collaboration with industries and research institutions.

Academic Programmes

The Department of Chemistry offers BSc (Hons.), MS, MPhil and PhD Degree Programmes.
List of Equipments in Chemistry Department
Description Make/Model
Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer Bruker
CHNSO Elemental Analyzer Elementar
GC-MS QP2010, Shimadzu, Japan
HPLC (02) Shimadzu; Altech; with UV, DAD, RID & ELSD detectors
UV/Visible Spectrophotometers (03) Cessil CE-7200
Techom UV-2300
Shimadzu UV-1700
Electrophoresis DEP-1, Local

1 comment:

  1. I think the department had a team of very distinguished teachers in 1950s/60s, including Dr Azeem and very cheerful Mehboob Shah Hashmi who once during a lesson in 1957 said, "A charming girl asked me how much oxygen one needs to burn the whole world" and I replied, "os ke liey to aap ki ankh ka ik ishara heh kafi hey"!

    Husain Akhtar,
    a Ravian (1954-60)
    retired Inspector of Schools
    and a Councillor in England