(Professor and Head of the Department)
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Professor Rita Kakkar, FRSC, joined the Department of Chemistry in 1984 after a three year stint at Miranda House. She took her B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees all from the University of Delhi. Her field of specialization is Physical Chemistry. She has published over 130 research papers in International journals of repute and several chapters for reputed publishers. Her research interests include the application of computational methods to investigation of mechanistic pathways of reactions at nanosurfaces and on understanding enzyme catalysis and small molecule chemistry. She heads a large research group and has supervised forty doctoral and several M.Phil. theses. She regularly reviews papers for journals and books published by several renowned publishing houses. She has delivered invited lectures at various International conferences and is an International Advisory Board member of various international conferences on Applications of Computational Chemistry. She is strongly motivated to curriculum improvement and has conducted several workshops. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of several Indian and foreign universities, and has been instrumental in introducing modern topics in the syllabi of these universities, as well as in the CBCS syllabus of UGC. She has authored a book on Atomic & Molecular Spectroscopy, published by Cambridge University Press, UK.