Department of chemistry, Istanbul Technical University, is founded in 1982 and one of the leading chemistry departments in Turkey.

The objective of the undergraduate program is to train the students in best way both for academic and industry. A person who wants to enroll chemistry department, has to interest in basic sciences and as well as scientific research.

In first year of the undergraduate program, the students are given courses on basic sciences such as physics, mathematics, etc. Analytical, organic, physical and inorganic chemistry courses are taught in the following years.

Undergraduate students are offered a double major study in the following departments (General point average (GPA) and quota restrictions apply): Mathematical engineering department, molecular biology and genetics department, environmental engineering, chemical engineering department, food engineering department.

The objective of graduate programs is to create a suitable environment for students who will afford original contributions to research facilities in chemistry. Two graduate programs: Chemistry and Polymer Science and Technology (in English) programs are offered.

Job Opportunities After Graduation

  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Paint industry
  • Petrochemical industry
  • Metal industry
  • Textile industry
  • Ceramic industry
  • Cement industry
  • Leather industry
  • Detergent and soap industry
  • Food industry
  • Cosmetic industry
  • Glass industry
  • Environmental analysis laboratories
  • Biochemistry laboratories
  • Scientific research institutes
  • Plastic industry

Main Research Fields

  • Complex macromolecular structures,
  • Polymeric gels, hydrogels, microgels,
  • Liquid crystal copolymers, block copolymers, conducting polymers,
  • New photo- and electro-polymerization techniques,
  • Supramolecular systems based on phthalocyanine derivatives, crown ethers, calix[4]pyrroles and the other complex organic molecules,
  • Biological systems Capillary electrophoresis
  • Identification of polymerization and organic reaction mechanisms using quantum mechanical methods,
  • Synthesis of new organic compounds,
  • Fuel cells,
  • Spectroscopic calculation of the electronic and the optical properties of the materials.

Some Instruments in the Department of Chemistry

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR, 250 MHz for proton and 68.29 MHz for carbon)
  • Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer (FT/IR)
  • Ultra violet/visible spectrophotometer (UV/VIS)
  • High performance/pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • Gas chromatography/ mass spectrometer (GC/MS)
  • Gel permeation chromatography (GPC with refractive index, UV, light scattering, and viscosity detectors)
  • Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC)
  • Thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA)
  • Dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA)
  • Atomic absorption spectrometer (AA)
  • Light scattering