Sophisticated Instrumentation Facility

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Scanning electron microscope is one of the most powerful and commonly used techniques for characterizing the surface morphology of materials. In addition, an SEM coupled with EDS (Energy dispersive Spectrometer) is used to determine the elemental composition of the sample.

Make and model Hitachi S 3500
Detectors BSE and SE
Resolution 30 nm
Magnification up to 300,000k
Coating Carbon and gold
Accessories Cooling stage for observing viscous or gel like materials

Applications

  • Surface features (size, shape, texture, microstructure)
  • Fracture analysis
  • Compositional analysis using EDAX
  • Determine thickness and uniformity of thin films/coatings

High Performance Preparative Liquid Chromatography (Prep-HPLC)

HPLC is an analytical technique widely used to separate, identify, and quantify each component in a mixture. It relies on pumps to pass a pressurized liquid solvent containing the sample mixture through a column filled with a solid adsorbent material. The individual component of the sample interacts differently with the adsorbent material used in the column, causing a difference in the rate at which they flow out leading to their separation.

Make Shimadzu
Pump LC-20AP (2 modules) Preparative
solvent delivery Parallel- type double plunger system
Flow rate Upto 150 mL/min
Detector SPD M20A Photodiode Array Detector
Fraction collector FRC 10A
Software LabSolutions, Shimadzu
Operating Temperature 4oC to 35oC

Applications

HPLC finds widespread application in Quality control, Analysis and R&D labs of the Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Food, pharmaceutical industry and many other industries where there are high benchmarks for precision, sensitivity and reproducibility.

Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy

Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is a method used to obtain absorption or emission spectrum of a solid, liquid or gas after exposing it to the infrared rays. This spectrometer simultaneously collects the spectral data over a wide range of wavelengths. The raw data (inteferogram) obtained is converted to the actual spectrum by using an algorithm called Fourier-transform.

Make Shimadzu
Model IRAffinity-1SWL
Wave number range 7800-350cm-1
Resolution 4 cm-1
Coating ATR diamond

Applications

FTIR is chiefly used in the identification of the functional groups present in a sample. It is an ideal analytical tool employed in Pharma industries for the formulation and structural elucidation of drugs.  This analysis is instrumental in material identification and verification in packaging, food, chemical and other industries.

Powder X ray Diffractometer

X ray diffraction is one of the most sought after characterization techniques, and is the basic necessity of any R&D lab to start with. One of the major reasons being its non-destructive nature for most of the materials, unlike electrons. Basically, X-rays interact with electrons surrounding the atoms of the target material and the reflected signal gives a variety of information about the inner structure of the material. But, later advances by the advent of high brilliance X-ray sources and drastic improvement in detector technology have led to tremendous improvement in the information that can be obtained from new generation x-ray diffractometers.

D8 ADVANCE ECO is one such all-purpose x-ray analyzer, which can be configured for all powder diffraction applications including phase identification, quantitative phase analysis, micro-structure and crystal structure analysis.

Make Bruker
Model D8 ADVANCE ECO
X-ray Source 1 kW Cu Kα (λ = 54 Å)
Geometry Bragg-Brentano (θ-θ)
Angle Range (2θ) -110° to +168°
Sample holder Regular as well as special Si Zero back ground sample holders
Sample stage Rotating
Detector SSD 160 detector
Softwares DIFFRACT.EVA-Diffraction evaluation package
Database PDF-2

Applications

  • Phase identification,
  • Quantitative phase analysis,
  • Micro-structure and crystal structure analysis

Electrochemical Workstation

CHI 660E electrochemical workstation integrates almost all common electrochemical measuring  and testing technique, including potentistatic method, galvanostatic method, potential scan, potential step, current step, pulsing test, square wave test,  cyclic voltammetry, coulometry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and so on. The instrument offers a very wide dynamic range of experimental time scales. For instance, the scan rate in cyclic voltammetry can be up to 1000 V/s with a 0.1 mV potential increment or 5000 V/s with a 1 mV potential increment. The potentiostat/galvanostat uses a 4-electrode configuration, allowing it to be used for liquid/liquid interface measurements, and eliminating the effect of the contact resistance of connectors and relays for high current measurements. The data acquisition systems also allow an external input signal (such as spectroscopic) to be recorded simultaneously during an electrochemical measurement.

Make CH Instruments Inc., USA
Model CHI660E
Licensed Full version of software for Electrochemistry
2 mm dia. Platinum Working Electrode
3mm Glassy Carbon Electrode
Platinum Wire Counter Electrode (2no’s)
Calomel Reference Electrode (2no’s)
Ag/AgCl Reference Electrode
Electrode Polishing Kit
Electrode Leads
NPN Cell stand with Teflon cap and glass cells (4 no.)
SSI-CHI Power Cable and USB Interface Cable

Applications

  • Corrosion studies
  • Sensors studies
  • Impedence Studies
  • Batteries
  • Fuel cell and solar cells
  • Super capacitors
  • Biological Studies

Thermogravimetric Analysis

Thermal analysis is the characterization of a sample of matter based on the properties related to temperature changes. These properties include heat-related phase changes and degradations, crystallizations, heat capacities, heats of reaction, glass transitions, curing rates for adhesives, and weight changes. Even though there are more than a dozen thermal analysis techniques, this program is confined to thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis, which are the most versatile methods. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) is a technique in which the weight of a sample is monitored during the controlled temperature program. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) is a technique in which the temperature difference between the sample tested and a reference material is measured while both are subjected to the controlled temperature program.

Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is a technique in which the heat flow difference between the sample and reference material is monitored while both are subjected to the controlled temperature program.

Make Shimadzu
Model DTG-60
Balance principle Parallel guide differential top pan type
Temperature range Ambient to 11000C
Measurable range (TG) ±500mg
Measurable range (DTA) ±1000µV
Weight readability 0.1µg
Sample quantity 1g Max. in gross weight
Atmosphere Air and inert gas
Size W 367×D 650×H 453mm
Weight 35kg

Differential Scanning Calorimeter

Make Shimadzu
Model DSC-60 Plus
Measurement principle Heat-flux type
Temperature range −140~600°C (With standard cooling chamber and using liquid nitrogen)
Calorimetric measurement range ±150mW
Noise level Less than 0.5µW (RMS, when held at 150°C)
Atmosphere Nitrogen, inert gas, dry air gas flow
Sample quantity 1g Max. in gross weight
Atmosphere Air and inert gas
Size W 320 × D 500 × H 290 mm
Weight 28 kg

Gas Chromatography

Gas chromatography is one of the familiar chromatography methods in analytical chemistry for separating and analyzing compounds that can be vaporized without decomposition. GC is extensively used in various analytical fields.

Make Shimadzu
Model GC-2014 AF
Software LabSolution
Columns Capillary (SH-Rxi-5Sil MS) Packed (Rtx-Stabilwax  silicoport W)
Detector Dual, Flame Ionization Detector (FID)
Gases used Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Air

Applications

  • Catalysis: Qualitative and quantitative analysis of organic compounds in synthetic organic chemistry.
  • Environmental: Identification and quantification of ubiquitous pollutants in the environment.
  • Food Industry: Quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of food composition, natural products, food additives, flavor and aroma components, and packaging materials
  • Forensic: Analysis of body fluids for the presence of illegal substances, to testing of fiber and blood from a crime scene, and to detect residue from explosives.

UV Visible Spectrophotometer

Ultraviolet and visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy is the measurement of the attenuation of a beam of light after it passes through a sample or after reflection from a sample surface. Absorption measurements can be at a single wavelength or over an extended spectral range.

Make Shimadzu 2600
Model Shimadzu 1800
of Cuvette Holders 06 (Shimadzu 2600) & 02 (Shimadzu 1800)
Wavelength range 190 to 1100 nm
Spectral bandwidth 1nm (190 to 1100 nm)
Wavelength display 1-nm increments
Wavelength setting 1-nm increments (1-nm increments when setting scanning range )
Wavelength accuracy ±0.1 nm at 656.1nm D2

±0.3 nm (190 to 1100 nm)

Wavelength repeatability ±0.1 nm
Stray light less than 0.02% NaI at 220 nm, NaNO2 at 340 nm

less than 1.0% KCl at 198 nm

Photometric system Double Beam
Photometric range Absorbance: -4 to 4 Abs

Transmittance: 0% to 400%

Photometric accuracy ±0.002 Abs (0.5 Abs)

±004 Abs (1.0 Abs)

±006 Abs (2.0 Abs)

Photometric repeatability less than ±0.001 Abs (0.5 Abs)

less than ±0.001 Abs (1 Abs)

less than ±0.003 Abs (2.0 Abs)

Baseline stability less than 0.0003 Abs/H at 700 nm
Baseline flatness within ±0.0006 Abs
Noise level Within 0.00005 Abs RMS value (at 700 nm)
Dimensions (W×D×H): 450(W) x 490(D) x 270(H)

Applications

  • Determination of Absorption, Transmission and Emission spectra
  • Elucidation of Structure of organic compounds
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Study of Chemical Kinetics
  • Detection of Functional Groups from various organic compounds
  • Quantitative Analysis of Pharma compounds
  • Molecular Weight Determination
  • Study of Microbial growth kinetics