The Department of Chemistry of St. Alberts College was recognized as a Research Centre under M. G. University, Kottayam in the year 2000. Research interests of the department are all-encompassing various field of fundamental and applied Chemistry such as the marine chemistry, organic synthesis, organic catalysis, organometallic homogeneous catalysis, polymer chemistry and interdisciplinary areas as well. The Research undertaken by the Department is aimed at addressing contemporary cross-cutting issues of the society.
The Kerala State Pollution Control Board has accredited our Water Analysis /Pollution control laboratory as a ‘B’ grade analytical laboratory in 2007, while the Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India, has identified the department as a ‘FIST aided Department’ in 2008 and 2013. The Department is one of the beneficiary departments of “Star College” scheme of DBT.
The Department laboratory is equipped with various analytical instruments for chemical and spectral analysis of chemical substances. Our ‘Water Quality Analysis Lab’ is equipped with pH meter, conductivity meter, BoD incubator, turbidimeter , microwave oven microwave oven, double distillation unit, autoclave and a laminar flow chamber. The centralised DST- FIST funded laboratory has sophisticated instruments like HPLC, rotary evaporator, uv-visisble spectrophotometer, gas chromatography, IR spectrophotometer, ultrasonicator etc. which help in smooth conduct of research works. To imbibe a research culture among its students, the research wing of the Department has been regular in hosting international and national seminars, providing a platform for researchers, students, representatives of regulatory authorities and Industry to interact and exchange views on current trends in research and innovation and future prospects and possibilities. Presently there are eight research guides for the department, out of which four are external teachers. Till date, four research scholars from our centre have been successfully awarded a doctoral degree in Chemistry by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and eight others are journeying towards the same.