The School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME) is established as a School of Excellence to act as a precursor for research and development within public and private sector. It strives to attract faculty of outstanding talent and ability and to provide them with a supporting and enabling environment. It hopes to produce highly skilled engineers and scientists who distinguish themselves by their professional competence, pragmatic approach to problem solving and organizational abilities.
The School is primarily a Post Graduate School catering for the need of Masters and PhD students but an undergraduate program is also to be established within the framework of the Centre. The first batch of Masters leading to PhD students is inducted in fall 2006, in the two disciplines of Energetic Materials Engineering and Materials and Surface Engineering.
The School is composed of a Department of Chemical Engineering and a Department of Material & Engineering. Both departments offer individual Masters and research programs although the resources of the School including faculty and laboratory facilities are interdependent in both of these programs. A number of state of the art research equipment is available to the students and researchers of this Centre. This includes High Resolution Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM),Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), to name a few.
The research and teaching activities of the School are focused along Advanced Energetic Materials, Chemical Reaction and Separation Processes, Surface Coatings and Surface Engineering, Ceramics and Glasses, Polymers and Composites, Bio Materials and Novel Synthesis Techniques.
The School is offering a Masters leading to PhD program in the fields mentioned above. From 2008 candidates may be able to apply directly to the PhD program.