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Department of Polymer and Process Engineering (DPPE) is one of the unique departments of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), located in the Saharanpur Campus of IIT Roorkee. The department performs fundamental and applied research in Polymer Science and Technology, Process Engineering and Management under the supervision of highly motivated faculty members, who are enthusiastically working towards creating highly competitive, academic and research environment in the department.
The history of department dates back to 2006, when on the basis of a plan prepared with the contributions of experts from Academic Institutions, Industries, R&D and Strategic Sectors, and Management Institutions, the department started an Integrated M.Tech program in Polymer Science and Technology. The 5-Year course was designed to cater to the needs of the Polymer industry and simultaneously impart knowledge of the allied chemical, petrochemical industry and applied sciences. Subsequently, the department initiated a 5-Year Integrated Dual Degree programin Process Engineering and MBA in 2008. The course offered a Bachelor’s Degree in Process Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration on successful completion. The academic program covered both technical aspects of process engineering and develop managerial prowess involving core chemical engineering principles of process control, plant design, modeling and simulation whilethe MBA structure encompassed operational, financial and marketing skills for enterprises.
Later, to consolidate department’s strengths, the intake in the aforementioned dual degree courses was dropped, and the department efficiently supports a comprehensive course of B.Tech in Polymer Science & Engineering keeping in line with the dynamic needs of the industry and society. The course is an effective integration of courses in Polymers with those of Chemical engineering as well as Basic and Engineering sciences that makes this program unique in its structure and utilitarian in its employment potential. This is evident from the successes in the past through placement of students in various renowned multinational companies and higher study (PhD/M.Tech) offers from several universities abroad.
In addition to the extensive B.Tech course engagement, the department faculties are engaged in performing cutting edge research in various fields of Polymer Science and Technology, as well as chemical process engineering and management, through national and international collaborations.The department offers a doctoral program wherein many bright research scholars join the course from various eminent institutes such as IITs and NITs from different corners of the country.
The department houses state-of-the-art advanced characterization equipments such as DSC, TGA, FTIR, DMA, XRD, AFM, SEM, DLS, UV-vis-IR, to name a few. The department faculties are engaged in extensive research duly supported and funded by several industries and government funding agencies.