Chemistry

Introduction

Sultan Qaboos University is the premier university in the Sultanate of Oman. The University was established in 1986. The Department of Chemistry began with the establishment of Sultan Qaboos University. Four departments were initially established in the college of science and the Department of Chemistry had been the major hallmark of the college since its inception.

Infrastructure, Location and Facilities

The Department occupies second floor of the College of Science building, consists of six laboratories for undergraduate teaching, several research labs, and one glass-blowing workshop. These laboratories are equipped with wide-ranging facilities including specialized instruments such as 60MHz NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer), IR (Infra-Red Spectrometer), HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatograph), GC/MS (Gas Chromatographs / Mass Spectrometer), flame photometers and UV/Vis (Ultra Violet / Visible) spectrophotometers and a laser optics lab. Over the years most of these instruments were replaced by state of the art instruments including 400 MHz NMR, GC/MS, CHN analyzer, AAs, CE, CV Voltammetric Analyzer, Bipotentiostat, Rotating Disk Electrode, Low Current Module, etc. 

HODs and Faculties

The development of the Department of Chemistry has been remarkable. During the earlier years, the department had seven faculty members, five technical staff and one coordinator all of them were expatriates. The number of faculty grew from seven to twenty-nine including thirteen Omanis. The number of technical staff increased from five to seventeen technicians. The number of undergraduate students increased from eight to 75 students per cohort, and the number of MSc candidates grew from five to ten per cohort. 

Chronological listing of the departmental Head

Prof. Ralph Stock   1986-1990
Prof. Stan Anderson   1990-1992
Prof. Roger Decock   1992-1994
Prof. John Rutherford   1994-1996
Dr. Abdulrahman Abulnoor   1996-2001
Prof. Salma Al-Kindy   2001-2005
Prof. Mohamed Khan   2005-2009
Prof. Muna Al-Mandhary   2009-2011
Prof. Majekodunmi Fatope   2011-2014
Dr. Haider Al-Lawati   2014-2017
Prof.Fakhreldin Suliman   2017-Present

Chemistry department landmarks  

First Batch of Chemistry Graduates   1991  
 Acquired Its First 400 MHz NMR   1997
Started MSc Program in Chemistry     2000
First HM funded Grant in Chemistry   2001
Establishment of Central Analytical and Research Facility   2003
A New Degree in Applied Chemistry Was Approved   2006
Department Started to Offer Ph.D. Program in Chemistry   2008
First Chemistry Alumni Congress   2008
First Ph. D. Graduate   2013
Accreditation of B. Sc. In Chemistry By Canadian Society of Chemistry   2014
First Chemistry Conference   2015
Accreditation of M.Sc. Program (Chemistry) By Royal Society of Chemistry   2016

 

It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Department of Chemistry at Sultan Qaboos University. Our academic, technical and administrative staff as well as our students are glad that you are taking time to visit our website to be acquainted with our programs and activities. The Department of Chemistry strives to maintain its standing as a center of excellence for training in chemistry in the region. To implement quality measures and to improve its services, the Canadian Society of Chemistry (CSC) accredited the chemistry undergraduate program for Chemistry in 2014. The department is preparing itself for the second round of accreditation by the CSC in 2019, along with the Applied Chemistry degree. On the other hand, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has accredited our master program in chemistry in 2015. The department is well established in terms of sophisticated instrumentation and human resources with 29 highly qualified faculty members having expertise and experience over a broad range of subject areas. Our faculty is active in research, and have successfully acquired generous internal and external research funds. The department is additionally supported by strong technical team consisting of 18 highly skilled technicians and research associates. Over the past decade, department has been supported by modern instruments, such as single X-ray diffractometer, femtosecond laser system and NMR equipment’s to support teaching and research. Furthermore, the department has access to instrument and high performance computational facilities run by the College of Science and other several scientific research centers on the university campus.   Prof. Fakhr Eldin Suliman, HoD  

Vision

The department of Chemistry aspires to maintain its standing as a center of excellence for training in chemistry and applied chemistry in our sub-region. The department prepares students for a competitive and challenging world. We strive to contribute to a chemically literate society through teaching (with classrooms, labs, and research), scholarship, and service.

The department of Chemistry is dedicated to: 

  • providing a comprehensive and significant curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate level  
  • producing career oriented and knowledgeable graduates for academic, industrial and government services.
  • committed to conducting research on fundamental and applied problems.
  • promoting the development of innovative interdisciplinary research programs.
  • independent thought, collegial exchange of ideas and high ethical standards.
  • use of modern educational technology in lecture and laboratory courses.
  • development of strategic partnerships with other departments, academic institutions and chemical industry.
  • carry out world-class research and scholarly work with relevance to contemporary problems facing society and industry.

Mission

The department of chemistry mission is to achieve excellence in the area of chemical science, research and community service by promoting the principles of scientific analysis and creative thinking, and supporting the scientific development of Oman. The department provides rigorous preparation of citizens whose career paths require expertise in chemistry. The department is dedicated to rigorous standards for content knowledge, communication skills, research quality, and professional behavior. The mission is to educate the students for research to meet the global environmental issues through chemical education. Department is committed to consolidate funding for research and development of infrastructure facilities.


Department of Chemistry 

College Of Science

Sultan Qaboos University

PO Box 36, Al Khod 123

Sultanate of Oman

Phone: (+968) 2414 2370

Fax: (+968) 2414 1469