Course Name: Inorganic Chemistry of Life: Principles and Perspectives

Course abstract

It is a general belief that inorganic means lifeless. However, if you analyze the life there is a huge contribution of inorganic chemistry to life and life processes. Therefore, this course is intended to give the involvement and role of inorganic ions and species particularly in the context of enzymes. In addition several inorganic salts and complexes act as drugs and learning this will support the knowledge gained in this course in a cooperative manner and hence the interaction of inorganic complexes with the tissue and their characteristics as drugs will also be highlighted. All this will be dealt at principles and perspectives level and hence useful to both the bachelor and masters students

Course Instructor

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Chebrolu Pulla Rao

Prof. C.P. Rao currently holds Institute Chair Professorship in Dept of Chemistry, IIT Bombay wherein he is a faculty since 1988. He did his MSc from IIT Madras, PhD from IISc., Bangalore, and two post doctoral stints one at Harvard University and the other at MIT. He has been teaching UG, PG and Ph.D. students at IIT Bombay for over three decades. His research interest spans across Biological Inorganic and Supramolecular chemistry using small synthetic molecular systems as well as proteins with an extension of the studies to biological cells, and the efforts are way into nanobiomaterials. His research group extensively uses spectroscopy, microscopy and diffraction techniques besides practicing biochemical methodologies including antiproliferative activity. Till now 31 PhD and 55 MSc students completed their degrees and published over 200 papers in journals of international repute and completed a number of research projects sponsored by DST (SERB, Nano Mission), CSIR and DAE-BRNS.
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Teaching Assistant(s)

Ashiv Narula

MSc, pursuing PhD


Sirilata Polepalli

Integrated Masters (IMSc-Chemistry) ; PhD 4th year


 Course Duration : Jul-Oct 2018

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 Enrollment : 18-Apr-2018 to 30-Jul-2018