The department has contributed significantly to higher education and research in the area of Applied Chemistry, Polymer Science and Chemical Technology. This department is the parent department of Textile Engineering and Chemical Engineering departments which have been enbloc to IIT Delhi in 1960s. Also, Biotechnology department of DTU, Delhi was incepted in 2004 by Applied Chemistry and Polymer Technology department. The department offers B.Tech (Polymer Science & Chemical Technology), M.Tech (Polymer Technology) and Ph.D programme in Applied Chemistry, Polymer Science and Chemical Technology. The M.Tech (Polymer Technology) programme was started in 1986 while four year B.Tech course in year 1998. In addition to the above, department inculcates the sound Chemical Science base to all students in first year UG programme in the form of Applied Chemistry and Engineering Materials courses. Both B.Tech & M.Tech courses are interdisciplinary to prepare the technical manpower for Chemical and Polymer industry. The annual intake of B.Tech students is 62. The annual intake of regular M.Tech student is 25 and part-time student is 8. The department also admits research scholars with university scholarships. A large number of its alumni are occupying prestigious positions in India and abroad.
The department has thirteen regular faculty members and two teachers on contract. In addition a good number of expert visiting faculties deliver lectures to B.Tech & M.Tech students on hourly basis as and when required. The new syllabi of B.Tech & M.Tech have been implemented from the academic year 2010-11. The department has 15 well-established laboratories on Applied Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis, Polymer Testing & Characterization, Polymer Processing, Chemical Technology, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Textile Technology, PG lab, CAD Lab, Research Labs, etc along with the departmental library. B.Tech & M Tech students carry out their minor/ major projects in these laboratories jointly with experts from industry, R&D organization and teachers of the department. The department has undertaken sponsored projects funded by AICTE, CSIR, UGC, DRDO, DST, BARC etc. The department has produced more than 50 Doctorates, 350 postgraduate and 450 graduate students. The faculties of the department have published nearly 350 research papers in the journals of national and international repute. The faculties have written text books on Applied Chemistry, Latex Technology and Polymer Composites etc.
The department organizes Curriculum Development Workshops/Conferences/ Symposium/FDP programmes time to time to cope up with the latest development in the above mentioned areas. The department conducts annual technical festival TATVA in which the students and experts from industry participate in academic deliberations to enhance Industry- Institute interactions. Such useful interactions help the students for industrial trainings and job placements. The Department has student chapter of Indian Plastics Institute (IPI) so that students interact with industry scientists in area of Polymer Science and Chemical Technology. The department has established world-class laboratories for undertaking joint research projects with industry, R&D organizations, national and international universities. Currently, the department is undertaking R&D projects in the areas of Biopolymers, Nanopolymers, Conducting Polymers, Polymer Blends & Composites, Bioactive compounds, etc. The Department had an international collaboration with Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan under DST-JSPS collaborative programme.