Past Events

1) International Year of Chemistry

Chemistry department received 1lac rupees from UGC to celebrate International year of Chemistry 2011.
In association with Xavier’s research Foundation, Chemistry department organized two events to celebrate IYC-2011 to popularize Chemistry. A work shop was organized on “Analytical tools for estimation” in association with XRF. The major event was held on 17th Dec 2011. More than 160 students participated from six different science colleges of Ahmedabad. The one of the event was titled as “Inter College Completion on “Chemistry” for Life. The Key note address was delivered by Prof (Dr) S K Patel from South Gujarat University Surat, followed by Quiz competition. After the lunch break students participated in Poster competition. More than 63 poster were evaluated by Two judges (Prof Dr N K Shah from Department of Chemistry, Gujarat University and Prof J J Vora From M G Science college.
Live Chemistry Demonstration competition was also organized along with poster presentation and 28 students participated in the completion.
The Association of Chemical Technologist India ACTI (Ahmedabad) has also partially sponsored some of the prizes for the first three winners of the Competition in addition to prizes given by college.

2) Academic Tour CSMCRI Bhavnagar

An academic trip to Central Salt and Maine Chemicals Research Institute, (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar was organized for the Third Year students of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry (40 students along with 6 Faculty members), SXCA on 19th October 2012.They visited the Biodiesel unit, where Biodiesel was being produced form Jatropha seeds and micro-algae. The second unit was Electro-Membrane Lab where ultra pure water was being produced. The analytical unit was next having two NMR spectrometers, one with 200MHz and the other with 500 MHz frequency, scanning electron microscope which can magnify up to 3.5 lakh times used to analyse metal oxide nano particles and salt crystals. One more jewel was Electron microscope which has a magnification capacity up to 15 lakh times. It is used to analyse the shape, size and surface topology of any particle and also nano fibres and bacteria colonies.
In the RO unit the group met Dr. P S Anand who explained how CSMCRI solved the problem of high Arsenic content in the ground water in the North district of West Bengal. Several R O Units with Arsenic selective membranes were installed in some houses by CSMCRI as the project met with success, such cylinder were also installed in mosques so that a larger number of people could be benefitted from it.
The last unit visited was the membrane casting unit. In this unit non-permeable salt waters were prepared. Into it a non -woven cloth is first made to undergo polysulphonation. Later it undergoes amination and further cross-linking is done by acetyl chloride. With this process membranes with different pore size can be produced.

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