The Department of Chemistry is one of the oldest at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University). Its rich tradition as a leading institution of chemical knowledge is reflected by eminent scholars of chemistry who served it. Special mention must be made of Prof Dr Carter Speers (1940-1951), who was Head of the Department and Professor of Technical Chemistry at the University of the Punjab; Dr R F Tebbe, an eminent Organic Chemist and learned scholar, who served the Department as Professor and later as Principal of the College for twelve years; and Prof Khairat M Ibne Rasa, an internationally known chemist, who was Professor of Organic Chemistry and Head of the Department.
Chemistry is an important discipline of scientific knowledge that plays a central role in our daily life. It is vital to our understanding of molecular transformations that are important to the production of food, medicines, fuel and countless other manufactured and extracted products. Chemistry helps to sustain the natural resource base for life, and contributes to environmental protection and economic development. Design and synthesis of new organic and inorganic molecules, new methods of synthesis via microwave or ultrasonic irradiation, isolation and structural elucidation of novel natural products, development of biopolymers for targeted drug delivery, use of electroanalytical techniques for studying molecular interaction, computer aided drug design and discovery, and design and synthesis of catalysts for photocatalytic degradation of textile and other waste molecules are some of the areas where the faculty of the department are currently involved in research. Career opportunities for Chemistry Graduates are available in education, R&D organisations, Research, and a wide range of industries such as pharmaceutical, fertilizers, cement, leather, textile, paints and dyes, petroleum, sugar, soap and detergents, food and beverages, cosmetics and many more.
The Department of Chemistry at FCCU currently offers BS (4-year), MPhil (2-year) and PhD (3-year) programs.
The main objective of the degree is to train students intellectually and professionally to work in a variety of capacities in their future life providing informed and skilled human resource for national and international needs. It offers a wide range of courses in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, applied, biochemistry, and other interdisciplinary areas. The teaching / research equipments available in the department include GC-MS, HPLC, CHNSO Analyser, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Flame Emission spectrophotometer, TGA-DSC, FT-IR spectrometer, Cyclic Voltammetry, 60 MHz Benchtop NMR (1H, 13C, DEPT, COSY), Magnetic Susceptibility Balance, Digital Polarimeter, Freeze Drier, Plate Reader and others.
The program prepares the students to demonstrate the ability to understand, analyze and address the real world problems, from academia to industry, using Chemistry; and provides them with plenty of opportunities to excel both in the diverse job market, and in future learning.
A graduate in Chemistry from FCCU is expected to have, at the time of his/her graduation, the ability to:
- Explain major concepts of chemistry
- Think critically and be able to apply chemistry concepts to the real world
- Describe the range of career possibilities with training in chemistry
- Use library resources and technology efficiently to gather information and solve problems
- Apply ethical principles in the domain of chemistry
Eligibility criteria For BS (Hons):
- Students who have passed their Intermediate
- A- Level students who have cleared at least 3 principal A-Level exams (not AS Level) Equivalence attested from the IBCC Needed .
- A- Level students who have given their A levels exams in October, November and are awaiting results are eligible to apply, they need to attach a copy of the statement of entry.
- Students who have done their American High School. Equivalence needed attested from the IBCC .
- Students who have done their Intermediate from the Technical Board
- Students applying for BS (Hons) Biotechnology must have done FSc Pre-Medical or should have studied Biology and Chemistry in A-Level.
PhD (HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi)
MSc (University of Karachi)
Course on Science Religion and Environment (Cambridge University, UK)
Room # 103, Armacost Science Building
Professor Emeritus of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
PhD (Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
MSc (University of Peshawar, Peshawar)
Room # 122, Armacost Science Building
Professor of Inorganic & Analytical Chemistry
PhD (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)
MSc (University of the Punjab)
Room # 159, Peter H Armacost Building
Post Doctorate in Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Characterization and Application (Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia) Post Doctorate in Physical Chemistry; Catalysis, Micellar Effects, Kinetics (Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil) PhD Chemistry (University of Karachi) Room # 147, Armacost Science Building Ext: 555
Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry
PhD (University of Punjab, Lahore)
MSc (University of Punjab, Lahore)
Room # 163, Armacost Science Building
Assistant Professor of Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry
PhD (Government College University, Lahore in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, UK)
MPhil (Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad)
Room # 164, Armacost Science Building
Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry
PhD (Government College University, Lahore)
MPhil Chemistry (GCU, Lahore)
MPhil Mol. Biol. (CEMB, PU, Lahore)
Room # 146, Armacost Science Building
PhD (GC University Lahore in collaboration with University of Washington, Seattle)
MS (University of the Punjab)
Room # 153, Armacost Science Building
Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry
PhD (KAU Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) MPhil (QAU, Islamabad) MSc (QAU, Islamabad) BSc (GCU, Lahore) Room # 141, Armacost Science Building Ext: 507
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