The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization. Having a pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units. CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience is embodied in about 4600 active scientists supported by about 8000 scientific and technical personnel.
IStructure and bonding in homo- and heteronuclear molecules, including shapes of molecules (VSEPR Theory).
Crystal systems: Designation of crystal faces, lattice structures and unit cell; Bragg’s law; X-ray diffraction by crystals; Close packing, radius ratio rules, calculation of some limiting radius ratio values; Structures of NaCl, ZnS, CsCl and CaF2; Stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric defects, impurity defects, semi-conductors.
Main group elements and their compounds: Allotropy, synthesis, structure and bonding, industrial importance of the compounds.
Transition elements and coordination compounds: structure, bonding theories, spectral and magnetic properties, reaction mechanisms.
Inner transition elements: spectral and magnetic properties, redox chemistry, analytical applications.
Organometallic compounds: synthesis, bonding and structure, and reactivity. Organometallics in homogeneous catalysis.
Cages and metal clusters
Analytical chemistry- separation, spectroscopic, electro- and thermo-analytical methods.
Bioinorganic chemistry: photosystems, porphyrins, metalloenzymes, oxygen transport, electron- transfer reactions; nitrogen fixation, metal complexes in medicine.
Characterisation of inorganic compounds by IR, Raman, NMR, EPR, Mössbauer, UV-vis, NQR, MS, electron spectroscopy and microscopic techniques.
Nuclear chemistry: nuclear reactions, fission and fusion, radio-analytical techniques and activation analysis.
Postulates; operator algebra; exactly- solvable systems: particle-in-a-box, harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom, including shapes of atomic orbitals; orbital and spin angular momenta; tunnelling.
Variational principle; perturbation theory up to second order in energy; applications.
term symbols; many-electron systems and antisymmetry principle.
elementary concepts of MO and VB theories; Huckel theory for conjugated π-electron systems.
symmetry elements; point groups; character tables; selection rules.
Rotational and vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules; electronic spectra; IR and Raman activities – selection rules; basic principles of magnetic resonance.
Laws, state and path functions and their applications; thermodynamic description of various types of processes; Maxwell’s relations; spontaneity and equilibria; temperature and pressure dependence of thermodynamic quantities; Le-Chatelier principle; elementary description of phase transitions; phase equilibria and phase rule; thermodynamics of ideal and non-ideal gases, and solutions.
Boltzmann distribution; kinetic theory of gases; partition functions and their relation to thermodynamic quantities – calculations for model systems.
Nernst equation, redox systems, electrochemical cells; Debye-Huckel theory; electrolytic conductance – Kohlrausch’s law and its applications; ionic equilibria; conductometric and potentiometric titrations.
Empirical rate laws and temperature dependence; complex reactions; steady state approximation; determination of reaction mechanisms; collision and transition state theories of rate constants; unimolecular reactions; enzyme kinetics; salt effects; homogeneous catalysis; photochemical reactions.
Stability and properties of colloids; isotherms and surface area; heterogeneous catalysis.
Crystal structures; Bragg’s law and applications; band structure of solids.
Molar masses; kinetics of polymerization.
Mean and standard deviation; absolute and relative errors; linear regression; covariance and correlation coefficient.
IUPAC nomenclature of organic molecules including Regio- and stereoisomers.
Configurational and conformational isomerism in acyclic and cyclic compounds; stereogenicity, stereoselectivity, enantioselectivity, diastereoselectivity and asymmetric induction
Benzenoid and non-benzenoid compounds – generation and reactions.
Generation, stability and reactivity of carbocations, carbanions, free radicals, carbenes, benzynes and nitrenes.
Organic reaction mechanisms involving addition, elimination and substitution reactions with electrophilic, nucleophilic or radical species. Determination of reaction pathways.
Common named reactions and rearrangements – applications in organic synthesis.
Functional group interconversion including oxidations and reductions; common catalysts and reagents (organic, inorganic, organometallic and enzymatic). Chemo, Regio and stereoselective transformations.
Retrosynthesis, disconnection, synthons, linear and convergent synthesis, umpolung of reactivity and protecting groups.
Chiral auxiliaries, methods of asymmetric induction – substrate, reagent and catalyst-controlled reactions; determination of enantiomeric and diastereomeric excess; enantio-discrimination. Resolution – optical and kinetic.
Pericyclic reactions – electrocyclisation, cycloaddition, sigmatropic rearrangements and other related concerted reactions. Principles and applications of photochemical reactions in organic chemistry.
Synthesis and reactivity of common heterocyclic compounds containing one or two heteroatoms (O, N, S).
Carbohydrates, proteins and peptides, fatty acids, nucleic acids, terpenes, steroids and alkaloids. Biogenesis of terpenoids and alkaloids.
Structure determination of organic compounds by IR, UV-Vis, 1H & 13C NMR and Mass spectroscopic techniques.
Chemistry in nanoscience and technology.
Catalysis and green chemistry.