Physical and Electrochemical Characterizations in Chemical Engineering

By Prof. Tamal Banerjee   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 334
Information on the various properties of materials are the key to unlock and analyze their suitability for various futuristic applications. The course Physical and Electrochemical Characterizations in Chemical Engineering aims to address these aspects fundamentally and practically in the field of Chemical Engineering and allied disciplines. The study span during the course includes the fundamental principles of various instrumentation techniques, which include spectroscopy, surface and electrochemical characterizations, and mechanical stability. Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to be conversant with various characterization techniques including characterization of bio/nanostructures and nano/bio/smart materials. They are expected to become competent in carrying out analysis on the structural, thermal, chemical and mechanical properties of materials. 
PRE-REQUISITE Elementary Chemistry 

INDUSTRY SUPPORT Most of the Industries does utilize these tools to characterize materials whether in Electronic, Chemical or Pharmaceuticals Industries for characterizing and confirming the final product to Specific Standards. Hence, the knowledge of these will be helpful for outgoing undergraduates and postgraduates for better employment opportunities.

INTENDED AUDIENCE Undergraduates and Postgraduates from different disciplines related to Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Spectroscopic Techniques
Week 2: Spectroscopic Techniques
Week 3: Physical and Chemical Absorption Methods
Week 4: Rheological and Interfacial Measurements
Week 5: Rheological and Interfacial Measurements
Week 6: Electron Spectroscopy for Surface Analysis
Week 7: Electrochemical Characterization Techniques
Week 8: Electrochemical Characterization Techniques

Books and references

1.Y. Leng, Materials Characterization: Introduction to microscopic and spectroscopic methods, 1st Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
2.S. Zhang, Material Characterization Techniques, CRC Press , 2009
3.Pallab Ghosh. Colloid and Interfacial Science, PHI Publisher 2009

Instructor bio

Prof. Tamal Banerjee

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Tamal Banerjee earned his Doctorate degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in the year 2007. Subsequently, he joined the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and is currently a Full Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2017. He has published over 150 papers in reputed peer-reviewed journals. In 2011, he was awarded the Indo-US Fellowship in Engineering Sciences. He has also authored two books each in CRC Press and Elsevier which discusses experiments and molecular modelling aspect of Ionic Liquids as an extractive agent. Prof. Banerjee’s research focuses on the use of Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents as green solvents concerning both energy generation and environment mitigation. His group uses both ab-initio methods and Molecular Dynamics methods to predict thermodynamic and transport properties. The properties of interests are primarily in predicting activity coefficients for phase diagrams using Continuum Solvation Model such as COSMO (COnductor like Screening MOdel). His other interests lie in the Reactive Force Field simulations of both renewable (alcohols) and non-renewable (coal and chemical hydrides) energy sources. Recently his group have started evaluating Deep Eutectic Solvents as potential electrolytes and thermal fluids for supercapacitors and solar desalination respectively. He has also initiated thermodynamic pathways using biocompatible gels comprising of Polysaccharide or DES based precursors for drug delivery.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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