The Department of Chemistry, IIT-BHU, previously known as Department of Applied Chemistry (Institute of Technology), was established in the year of 1985. Earlier this Department was functioning as a Section in the School of Basic Sciences in Banaras Hindu University-Varanasi. This Department currently constitutes 16 faculty members including 9 Professors, 3 Associate Professors and 4 Assistant Professors. The prime responsibility of the department is to organize the teaching of chemistry courses for various B.Tech and integrated M.Tech programs. In addition, this department is also providing an excellent research platform to the students in various thrust areas of chemistry.
The Department of Chemistry offers a five year integrated M.Tech program in Industrial Chemistry and Ph. D programs in Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Analytical chemistry. More than 100 PhD's have been awarded from this department and about 50 students are currently pursuing their research. Research programs in the department have been supported by DST, CSIR, BRNS, UGC and AICTE. The department has recently received 85 lakhs from DST-FIST for the establishment of research and teaching facilities. The department is presently equipped with primary instruments including AAS, AFM, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, FT-IR, and powder-XRD, etc.