IIT Dharwad Ph.D. Admission for Autumn 2023-24 Announced

Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad announces PhD Admission in chemistry and chemical engineering department, Chemistry admission 2023 – 2024, IIT Dharwad PhD admission for the session 2023-2024. Intrested and eligible candidates may check out all the details on the same below:



Qualifying Degree

M.Tech./M.E./M.Sc.(Engg.) or equivalent degree in Chemical Engineering or any related stream.

G.1.2 Minimum score required in the qualifying degree and GATE Qualification
For General/OBC category candidates and/or for candidates where no concession in academic performance is called for, the eligibility criteria in the qualifying degree (M.Tech./M.E.):

1) a minimum of 60% marks (without round off) in aggregate, OR,

2) a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) or Cumulative Performance Index (CPI) of 6.0 on the scale of 0-10; with corresponding proportional requirements when the scales are other than on 0-10, (for example, 4.8 on a scale of 0-8).

3) Candidate must qualify in GATE at least once (Candidate need not to have a valid GATE score) OR Candidate must have at least one SCI indexed journal publication as a first/second author.


Eligibility for Admission

Qualifying Degree

M.Sc. or equivalent

degree in any area of Chemistry and/or any other related areas.
The candidates must also fulfill any one the following additional requirements:

  • Valid GATE Score or M.Phil or M.Tech./M.E. or equivalent degree in chemistry (for TA
  •  Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR/UGC/DST INSPIRE/DBT/MHRD/ICMR or
    any other relevant funding agencies (for FA category)

The minimum score in the qualifying degree

1. For General/OBC category candidates and/or for candidates where no concession in
academic performance is called for, the eligibility criteria in the qualifying degree is First
Class, as specified by the candidate’s Institution/University. If the Institution/University
does not specify the division/class, then one of the following will be considered as the
eligibility criteria:

  • a minimum of 60% marks (without round off) in aggregate. (OR)
  •  a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) or Cumulative Performance Index
    (CPI) of 6.0 on the scale of 0-10; with corresponding proportional requirements when the scales are other than on 0-10, (for example, 4.8 on a scale of 0-8)

Focus area of research

The broad areas of research will include organic chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical biology, organometallic chemistry, materials chemistry and computational chemistry. Students will haven18 exposure to different interdisciplinary areas of chemistry, protein biochemistry and material science. The Department of Chemistry admits Ph.D. candidates under the Teaching Assistantship (TA) and Fellowship Assistantship (FA) category for this round of admissions in the following research areas.

1. Functional π-conjugated compounds: The π-conjugated compounds (oligomers, onedimensional and two-dimensional polymers) are of great importance in semiconducting
applications because electron delocalization along the π-conjugated backbone gives rise to
interesting electronic and optical properties. Thus, the π-conjugated compounds have been well explored for various applications in molecular electronics such as organic field effect transistors (OFETs), Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), solar cells, fluorescent/resistive sensing and photocatalysis. Thus, our group is interested in developing new π-conjugated organic compounds using novel synthetic routes and exploring their applications in organic materials with a particular interest in fluorescent sensing and photocatalytic applications for organic transformations and hydrogen evolution.

2. Bio-organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology:
Enzymes are nature’s organic chemists that carry out remarkable chemical reactions, particularly in the synthesis of antibiotics and other important drug compounds. To study the enzyme reaction mechanisms, one requires sound knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry. Our area of research involves studying the organic chemistry of enzymes involved in the synthesis of biologically active compounds (anticancer, antibacterial, antifungal etc.). Some natural products that we focus in the lab are ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified (RiPP) peptide natural products,
non-ribosomal natural products and nucleoside based compounds. All these have impressive antibacterial properties to combat antibiotic resistance, a global health threat nowadays. We study the chemistry of the enzyme mechanisms (such as C-H activation, C-C bond formation, molecular rearrangement, amide bond activation, peptide bond formation etc.) involved in synthesizing these natural products. During these studies, we employ interdisciplinary techniques from chemistry (synthetic organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, spectroscopic techniques, inorganic chemistry, and anaerobic techniques), biochemistry/chemical biology, protein chemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. Suitable collaborations (such as for protein crystallography,
complex organic synthesis, EPR techniques, proteomics, and synthetic biology etc.) will be
initiated to gain insights into the molecular details of these enzymatic mechanisms. In addition, analog generation for medicinal chemistry, enzyme inhibitors development and structure- function elucidation of new compounds will also be undertaken in the future for drug design. Students will get exposure to synthesis, biochemistry, molecular biology, and various spectroscopic techniques.

3. Surface Organometallic Chemistry: Organometallic complexes are widely known for their
reactivity in coupling reactions, dehydrogenations, C-H or C-X (X= N, O, Cl, Br, F) activations, transfer hydrogenations, metathesis, polymerization, Michael addition etc. Most of the industrial processes comprise heterogeneous catalysts. The surface organometallic chemistry unifies the benefits of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. The most common approach is immobilization of molecular complexes on support. The advantages offered by immobilization are ease of separation and recyclability can be privilege for a chemical reaction. These integrated systems will be made in a way that can be applied to reactions which are difficult to achieve otherwise e.g., conversion of renewable raw materials CO2, CO, H2, N2 into value added chemicals and biomass valorization among others through thermal or photochemical activations.

4. Computational Chemistry: We employ density functional theory (DFT) based computational techniques to study various problems in chemistry and material science. Our current research interests are designing electrocatalysts for nitrogen reduction reactions to ammonia. In this project, we will be employing high-throughput based calculations in conjunction with molecular dynamics simulations for rational catalysts design. We are also interested in studying the covalent organic frameworks based organic electrodes for alkali ion batteries using computational methods.

Modality of the Selection Process

Only the eligible applicants are permitted to participate in the selection process.
The selection process comprises two rounds of interviews.

(1) Online interview

(2) Offline interview for those who are shortlisted in the online interview


1. Please read all the instructions given in the brochure carefully before filling up the
application form.

2. Please note that the application is to be filled at one go. There is no save and proceed
option. The application process flow is given below:

a. The institute application form should be filled first, the form contains general
information such as your name, category, email id, contact details, address and most
importantly preference for departments (especially for those candidates who want to apply
for more than one department).

b. After the successful submission of the institute form, a Submission Id is generated and the same to be noted for all future references.

c. After filling the institute form, department specific application form shouldbe filled.

3. Keep all the documents handy >> pay the application fee through SBI e collect facility
>> Note down SBI e collect reference No>> Start online application form>> Fill all
particulars including SBI e collect reference No>> Take a print/ save a pdf copy of preview
of completed application form >> Final submission of application form >> Note down
submission ID for future reference

4. This information brochure and future updates regarding the admission process will bemade Please note that it is mandatory to fill both institute and department specific
application forms. Failure to submit both the forms leads to non- consideration
of your application for the selection process. Only the applicable single application fee should be paid per applicant irrespective of the number of the departments applicant is applying to. available on the institute website under section Academics >> Admissions >> Ph.D.

5. You are required to submit the application form online. There are no downloadable forms
available. After filling the form, you are advised to take a print and keep the same for future reference.

6. The application fee is as follows: Please visit the link given below and choose “Application Fee (M.Tech/MS/PhD)”, fill all the particulars and chose an amount based on your social category. Please submit and note down the transaction reference number to be
mentioned in the application form as well as for future reference.
State Bank Collect (onlinesbi.sbi) Gen/Gen (EWS)/OBC/ all other
candidates ₹ 200/- Women/SC/ST/PwD category candidates ₹ 100/-

7. The Application Form without valid online payment details will not be considered.
Application FEE once paid is Non-Refundable.

8. Applicants may find it convenient to keep following information handy while filling the
application form online (whichever relevant). This is especially important as the form
cannot be saved and as such once started one needs to complete the entire form and submit:

  • Skype Id or Gmail Id for G-meet
  • Passport size photo whose size is less than 50 kb
  •  Educational details from secondary school onwards
  •  GATE qualification details
  •  Statement of Purpose (pdf file)
  •  List of fellowship/ awards
  •  Publications
  •  Sponsorship Letter and CV of co-supervisor if you are applying under ‘EX’
  •  JRF Award Letter if you are applying under ‘FA’ category, if applicable.
  •  Any other achievements/information.

9. Amendments to the form will not be possible once the last date to apply online is over.
However, amendments can be considered if the applicant resubmits the entire form without
making repeat fee payment before the deadline.

10. Keeping checking the institute website and your emails regularly for any
communication from the institute regarding the selection process. It is candidate’s
responsibility to be aware about the schedule of various events related to the
admission process.

11. The Shortlisted candidates’ list will be uploaded on the institute website as per the schedule given above in Section A.

12. Candidates (if) called for written test / interview should bring with them Photo ID Card,
PrintedCopy of Online Application Form, Photocopies of Academic Transcripts, Degree
Certificates & Experience Certificates, Caste Certificate (if applicable), PwD Certificate
(if applicable), EWS Certificate (if applicable), Thesis/Dissertation/Report/Publications
and all other relevantdocuments.

13. Please note that the candidates (if selected) should be able to produce all relevant
documents within a short period of notice. If the documents are not produced within
the deadline, the admission is liable to be cancelled.

Important Dates:

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