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M.Sc., Ph.D., MISTE

History and Features of the Department

Chemistry is the science that deals with composition of materials, their structures and properties, the transformations they undergo, and the energy changes that accompany these transformations. The goal of engineering chemistry department is to provide broad as well as fundamental knowledge of theoretical, applied and experimental chemistry to the budding engineers to enable them to embark on professional careers of their choice and also to become an outstanding centre for research and developmental activities.

The department offers PhD programme in chemistry 6 research scholars awarded PhD during the last 3 years and 5 research scholars are pursuing doctoral degree from VTU. The project with a budget of 30 lakhs was sanctioned to Dr. H. R. Shivakumar, Prof. & Head by VGST, Govt. of Karnataka for carrying out research on polymer composites is under progress. The new instruments like Universal Testing Machine (UTM), Impact and Wear testing machines and FTIR Spectrophotometer procured to the research centre under this project grant.

A project with a budget of 7.8 lakhs sanctioned by VTU and a BRNS project with a budget of 17 lakhs sanctioned by the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India are successfully completed. Chemistry department is also offering consultancy services in UTM, Wear and Impact testing for polymer composites. The department has highly qualified and well experienced faculty.

Dr. H. R. Shivakumar has been serving the department since 1986. He has been deputed as Special Officer, VTU — Mangalore Region on 1° August 2018*. He has published 28 research papers in reputed national and international journals and has an equal number of conference papers to his credit. His fields of interest are conductivity, ultrasonics, corrosion studies, biodegradable polymers and polymer Nano composites. He is a referee for 5 international journals. He is guiding for 5 research scholars and 6 research scholars awarded Doctorate from VTU, Belgaum.

Mrs. Surekha M. has 16 years of teaching experience and is actively involved in conductivity and ultrasonic research. She has published 4 research paper in reputed international journal. Mr Vivek Padpu working as Assistant Professor since 6 years. He is involved in the research work in the field of nanotechnology. Mr. Sujay M. M., working as the instrument lab specialist in Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Advanced Materials and Technology(CRAMT). He has published one research paper in reputed international journal. Mr. Sathish 1.B. and Mr. Honnappa P. are working as supporting staff in the department.

Facilities and Resources: Digital viscometer, Digital Ultrasonic Interferometer, Double beam UV-VIS spectrophotometer, 4 & S5digit electronic balances with computer and density kit, Flame Photometer, Digital Conductivity meter/TDS meter, Titanium graphite electrodes, Graphite anode, Colorimeter, Digital pH/Potentiometer, De-ionizer, Distillation plant, Hot air oven, IR Lamp, Centrifuge, Magnetic stirrer, Sonicator, Dielectric constant meter and computers with internet facility.

Departmental activity/News

  • Department of Chemistry and Department of Mechanical Engineering jointly organized 3rd National Conference on " Emerging Trends in Materials for Advanced Technology " (NETMAT) on 20th & 21st March 2012 at KVG College of Engineering, Sullia, D.K.
  • Department of Chemistry & Department of Mechanical Engineering jointly organized a National Conference on "Advances in New Engineering Materials and Characterization" (AMC 2010) on 28th December 2010.
  • VTU has sanctioned a research grant of Rs. 8 lakhs for the research project entitled "Conductometric and Ultrasonic Investigations on Benzoic Acid and Oxalic Acid in Protic Solvent Mixtures under Varying Conditions" to Dr. H. R. Shivakumar as the Principal Investigator & Mrs. Surekha M. as Co-investigator.
  • Vision Group of Science and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka & VTU has sanctioned Rs. 1.54 lakhs to the Department of Chemistry for the conduction of 3 days faculty development program on "Specialty Polymers for Engineering and Biomedical Applications". The program will be held on 24th, 25th & 26th of March 2011 at KVG College of Engg., Sullia.
  • The Department has under taken consultancy work for water quality analysis of water sample collected from Kushalnagar for SELCO SOLAR LIGHT PRIVATE LIMITED, Sullia.


1 Dr Shivakumar H R Professor & HOD M.Sc., Ph.D 10-08-1987
2 Mrs Surekha M Associate Professor M.Sc. (Ph.D) 09-02-2009
3 Mr Vivek Padpu Assistant Professor M.Sc. (Ph.D) 16-07-2012

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