Chemistry Department Profile
The Chemistry Department of Lucknow University came into existence on 3rd March, 1927. The first Head of the Department was Prof. P. S. McMahon, FNI a brilliant academician from University of Oxford. Professor McMohan was also one of the founder members of the Indian Science Congress. The department had been lucky in having on its roll a distinguished staff, to name a few, Prof. S. M. Zaheer, Prof. G. S. Siddhu (who later rose to the chair of Director General, CSIR), Prof. A. C. Chatterjee, Prof. S. N. Shukla, Prof. T. N. Srivastava, Prof. Ram Gopal, Prof. M. P. Khare and many more. Apart from this the Department had been fortunate to have short stints of some eminent personalities like Prof. R. C. Mehrotra who had published a very classic paper in the Journal Nature dealing with a very novel idea of dry test for gold. Also, Prof. R. P. Rastogi, (Ph.D. student of Prof. A. C. Chatterjee) also spent some time in the department and later elevated to the position of Vice Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University. This is the largest department of the faculty of science with a strength of about 2500 Post Graduate and Under Graduate students, apart from about 85 research scholars. It imparts teaching both to the Biology as well as the Mathematics group students. It forms a subject combination with every subject in the science faculty.A post-graduate institution is judged not only by maintenance of high teaching standards, but also by its focus on research activity. Since its inception the department had showed rigour in doing excellent research work in the research area such as carbohydrates in able guidance of Prof. M. P. Khare, main group organometallics in supervision of Prof. T. N. Srivastava and solution chemistry under the leadership of Prof. Ram Gopal. The legacy of these eminent faculty members had been continued by the next generation faculty members like Prof. Anakshi Khare, Prof. S. N. Bhattacharya, Prof. P.C. Srivastava, Prof. R. C. Srivastava, Prof. A. K. S. Chauhan, Prof. Naveen K. Khare, Prof. Arun Sethi and many more.
Though plagued by problems of infrastructure the Department has consistently endeavoured to raise its standards. Recently Department had successfully completed the DST-PURSE program in which 300 MHz NMR spectrometer and FT-IR spectrometer was purchased and installed. Additionally, the Department had finished Centre of Excellence Program funded by UP State government Department and had purchased UV-Vis. Spectrophotometer, Fluorescence Spectrophotometer, Ultrasonic Interferometer and Ultracryostat circulatory chiller. Many alumni of the department were on prestigious positions in India and abroad.