Sophisticated analytical instruments are important for advanced research in basic sciences today. Such instruments are expensive and are not affordable to all research centers, especially to arts and science colleges like our college, individually. Moreover, these instruments are of inter/multidisciplinary utility and thus it is desirable to use them on sharing basis for their effective utilization. We have taken novel efforts in making these facilities available open to many people in academics ensuring the effective utilization of the public exchequer. The Department of Science and Technology has sanctioned FIST (Fund for the Improvement of Science and Technology) fund of Rs. 45,00,000 (Rupees Forty Five Lakhs) to the Department of Chemistry of this institution during 2008-2012 and another DST-FIST support of Rs. 75,75,000/- (Rupees Seventy Five Lakh Seventy Five Thousand) has been received by the science departments of the institution during 2015-2015. Financial aids of Rs. 2,10,63,000/- (Rupees Two Crore Ten Lakh and Sixty Three Thousand) and Rs. 3,00,00,000/- (Rupees Three Crore) have been sanctioned by the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Kerala in the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20 respectively, for setting up a centralized Common Instrumentation Facility. By utilizing all these funds, our college has set up an instrumentation lab with a wide range of major and minor equipment. Sophisticated analytical instruments are provided to researchers in general, especially from the institutions which do not have access to such instruments. This enables them to pursue R & D activities requiring such facilities and to keep pace with developments taking place in the field. The facilities thus provided are utilized by about 500 users every year from various academic and research institutions and industries in and outside the state. Thus the aim of the practice is summarized as,
- To provide measurements through the scientific instruments to the scientific community of our college and other institutes and industries.
- To use the nominal fee collected for providing the facility for the maintenance of all scientific instruments in the college.
- To utilize these instruments to enhance collaborative research.
- To enhance the quality of Undergraduate and Post Graduate research projects.
Evidence of success:
We maintain all the analytical instruments in the instrumentation lab using this fund. The maintenance of all major equipment and purchase of analytical grade chemicals are met using the profit of the practice. We have analyzed about two thousand samples and collected a sum of Rs 1,50,000/- (Rupees One Lakh Fifty thousand) from the analysis of external samples so far. Several papers have been published under collaborative research by utilizing the facilities, a list of which follows.
List of Research Publications in SCI Journals coming from the department during the last five years, through collaborative research.
- Pradeep Kumar R, Dinesh Babu K. V., Evans D. A., Isolation, characterization and mode of action of a larvicidal compound, 22-hydroxyhopane from Adiantum latifolium Lam. against Oryctes rhinoceros Linn. Pestic Biochem Physiol. 2019, 153,161-170.
- Shibu Prasad, M. R. Sudarsanakumar, V. S. Dhanya, S. Suma, M. R. P. Kurup, Synthesis and characterization of a prominent NLO active MOF of lead with 1,5-naphthalenedisulfonic acid, J. Mol. Struct.2018, 1167, 134–141.
- Shibu Prasad, M. R. Sudarsanakumar, V. S. Dhanya, S. Suma, M. R. P. Kurup, Design, synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence studies of two new coordination polymers based on 4,4́′ -oxybis(benzoic acid) and N-donor ligand with transition metals, J. Mol. Struct. 2018, 1173, 196–204.
- Vidya Raj, Saji Alex, Heparin Gold Nanoparticles for Colorimetric detection of Cardiac Troponin I (cTnI). Anal. Chem. (2019-Accepted).
- Vidya Raj, Saji Alex, Naked eye detection of infertility based on sperm protamine-induced aggregation of heparin gold nanoparticles, Bioanal. Chem., 2018, 410,3053-3058.
- Biju, Shubha S. Kumar, V. Sadasivan,Synthesis, spectral and single crystal X-ray characterization of 5-(2-(2,3-dimethyl-5-oxo-1-phenyl -2,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl) hydrazono) pyrimidine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione and its copper(II) complexes, Polyhedron, 2018,144, 210-218
- Shubha S. Kumar, Biju, V. Sadasivan, Synthesis, structure characterization and biological studies on a new aromatic hydrazone, 5-(2-(1,5-dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)hydrazono)-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxane-4,6-dione, and its transition metal complexes, J. Mol. Struct., 2018, 1156, 201-209
- N. Sheemol, Peer Mohamed A, S. Ananthakumar, Optically Transparent Polymer Coating Embedded with IR Reflective Rare Earth Yellow Pigment: – Innovative Strategy for Cool Windows, Materialstoday Proceedings, Advances in Photoresponsive Materials, 2019, 9, 32-37.
- Soumya, V. N. Sheemol, P. Amba, A. Pee rMohamed, S. Ananthakumar, Sn and Ag doped ZnO quantum dots with PMMA by in situ polymerization for UV/IR protective, photochromic multifunctional hybrid coatings, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2018, 174, 554-565.
- Sheemol V N, Peer Mohammed A, Ananthakumar S, IR Reflective LaPO4 Ceramic Colorants Reinforced Polymer Composite Coatings on Glass and Metal Substrates for Heat Management Applications, ACS Chemistry of materials (2020-Communicated).
- Sheemol V N, Valan Rebinro Gnanaraj, Sruthi C R, Viji Selvaraj, Peer Mohammed A, Ananthakumar S, Organic-Inorganic ‘Brilliant Orange’ Hybrid Colorants From Rare Earths Family: A Possible Non-Cytotoxic Colorant, RSC Materials advances (2020-Communicated).
- Wenyu Wang, Anthony Clay, Retheesh Krishnan, Neil J. Lajkiewicz, Jayaraman Sivaguru, and John A. Porco, Jr., Total Synthesis of Aglain Natural Products Foveoglobin A and Perviridisin B: Mechanistic Studies of ESIPT Photocycloaddition, Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 56, 14479 – 14482.
- Sumesh Babu Krishnan, Retheesh Krishnan, and Karical Raman Gopidas., Effect of N‐alkyl Substituents on the Hierarchical Self‐Assembly of β‐Cyclodextrin‐linked Pyrene‐Pyromellitic diimide Charge‐ Transfer Complex, Eur. J. 2018, 24, 11451 – 11460.
- Retheesh Krishnan, Sumesh Babu Krishnan, Bijitha Balan and Karical Raman Gopidas, Self-Assembly and Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Donor- β-Cyclodextrin-Acceptor Supramolecular System. Chem. Sci. 2018, 130,134.
- Aakash D. Nidhankar Goudappagouda Divya S. Mohana Kumari Shailendra Kumar Chaubey, Rashmi Nayak Rajes,h G. Gonnade, G. V. Pavan Kumar, Retheesh Krishnan Sukumaran Santhosh Babu, Self‐Assembled Helical Arrays for the Stabilization of the Triplet State, Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 31, 13079-13085.
- Goudappagouda, Kiran Asokan, RashmiNayak, Retheesh Krishnan, Sukumaran SanthoshBabu, Tuning phosphorescence features of triphenylamines by varying functional groups and intermolecular interactions, Dyes and Pigments, 2020, 173, 107931.
- Amitabha Chattopadhyay, Richard Cogdell, Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández, Ankona Datta, Arijit De, Stefan Haacke, Mahesh Hariharan, John Helliwell, Ashley Hughes, Roberto Improta, Mike Jones, Joshy Joseph, Tolga Karsili, Bern Kohler, Retheesh Krishnan, Anvy Kuriakose, Mahil L, Dimitra Markovitsi, Himani Medhi, Ganga Periyasamy, P. I. Pradeepkumar, Priyadarshi Roy Chowdhury, Manas Sarangi, Igor Schapiro, Gebhard F. X. Schertler, Ilme Schlichting, Javier Segarra-Martí, Rajaram Swaminathan, Vishnu V, Rienk van Grondelle, Ravi Kumar Venkatraman, Ravindra Venkatramani and Anthony Watts., Light induced charge and energy transport in nucleic acids and proteins: general discussion. Faraday Discuss. 2018, 207, 153.
- Amitava Chandra, Amitabha Chattopadhyay, Richard Cogdell, Ankona Datta, Arijit De, Shaina Dhamija, Murali Golla, Stefan Haacke, Mahesh Hariharan, John Helliwell, Roberto Improta, Ramapurath S. Jayasree, Mike Jones, Joshy Joseph, Tolga Karsili, Bern Kohler, Retheesh Krishnan, Imon Mandal, Dimitra Markovitsi, Himani Medhi, Padmaja P. Mishra, Priyadarshi Roy Chowdhury, Manas Sarangi, Ilme Schlichting, John Seddon, Amit Sharma, Atchimnaidu Siriki, Rajaram Swaminathan, Rienk van Grondelle, Reji Varghese, Ravindra Venkatramani and Anthony Watts; Bionanophotonics: general discussion. Faraday Discuss, 2018, 207, 491.
- Vinayak Bhat, Richard Cogdell, Carlos E. Crespo-Hern ́andez, Ankona Datta, Arijit De, Stefan Haacke, John Helliwell, Roberto Improta, Joshy Joseph, Tolga Karsili, Bern Kohler, Retheesh Krishnan, Mahil L, Frederick Lewis, Imon Mandal, Dimitra Markovitsi, Padmaja P. Mishra, Sneha Paul, Ganga Periyasamy, P. I. Pradeepkumar, Priyadarshi Roy Chowdhury, Manas Sarangi, Devika Sasikumar, Igor Schapiro, Gebhard F. X. Schertler, Ilme Schlichting, Javier Segarra-Mart ́ı,Rajaram Swaminathan, Vishnu V, Rienk van Grondelle, Reji Varghese and Ravindra Venkatramani; Photocrosslinking between nucleic acids and proteins: general discussion. Discussion. Faraday Discuss, 2018, 207, 283.
List of main institutions that benefited from the practice are,
- Department of Physics, Sree Ayyappa College, Nagercoil
- Department of Chemistry, Scott Christian College, Nagercoil
- Department of Nano science, NIT Calicut
- Department of Botany, Govt. College, Pattambi
- Department of Chemistry, SN College, Punalur
- Department of Chemistry, SN College, Kannur
- Department of Chemistry, MG College, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Chemistry, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Botany, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Physics, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Chemistry, Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Physics, Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Botany, University College, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Chemistry, University College, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Physics, University College, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Chemistry, Govt. Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Chemistry, SG College, Kottarakkara
- Department of Chemistry, FMN College, Kollam
- Department of Chemistry, SN College, Kollam
- Department of Physics, All Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram
- Department of Chemistry, Christian College, Chengannur
- Department of Pharmacy, Dale View College of Pharmacy, Thiruvananthapuram
- Govt Eng College, Barton Hill, Trivandrum
It is to be noted that the teachers in charge of the instruments do not avail any remuneration for the extra time they spent on the analysis.
Problems encountered and resources required:
Occasional power failure is a problem for the smooth functioning of the instrumentation center. A high capacity generator is to be installed for the instrumentation room. More analytical instruments like NMR spectrometer, Mass Spectrometer, X-ray diffractometer, etc. may be available in near future itself for extending this facility to the next level. Another problem encountered is the availability of staff to perform the analysis. The number of samples received for analysis has ever been increasing, but technical staff could not be appointed for the analysis and maintenance. Teachers have to find more time to operate the instruments along with their teaching, clerical and research activities.
|Name of the Principal||Dr. Aravind Krishnan K|
|Name of the Institution||Govt. College for Women|
|Work Phone||0471 2324986|