Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIFs)
of Science and Technology (DST) is providing facilities of sophisticated analytical
instruments to researchers through its Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities
(SAIF) Programme so that the non-availability of these instruments in their institutes
may not come in the way of scientists in pursuing R&D activities requiring
such facilities and they are able to keep pace with developments taking place
globally. Thirteen Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIFs) which
provide sophisticated analytical instruments to users are functioning at IIT,
Chennai; IIT, Mumbai; Bose Institute, Kolkata; CDRI, Lucknow, Panjab University,
Chandigarh; NEHU, Shillong; Nagpur University, Nagpur; IISc., Bangalore; AIIMS,
New Delhi; Gauhati University, Guwahati; IIT, Roorkee; C.V.M., Vallabh Vidyanagar,
Gujarat and STIC, Cochin. The instruments available at the SAIFs include SEM,
TEM, EPMA, Mass, ICP, NMR, EPR Spectrometers, XRD, Thermal Analysis Systems, Gel
Permeation Chromatograph, Mercury Porosimeter and accessories such as Graphite
Furnace and Hydride Generator.
About 8,000 scientists/users are utilizing
the facilities at the SAIFs annually. The SAIFs regularly organize short term
courses/training programmes on use and application of various instruments and
analytical techniques to create awareness among the users about them and on maintenance/repair/operation
of instruments for technicians.
Objectives of the SAIFs
- to carry out analysis of samples received from the scientists/institutes;
- to provide facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to scientists
and other users from academic institutes, R&D laboratories and industries
to enable them to carry out measurements for R&D work;
- to acquire
and develop capability for preventive maintenance and repair of sophisticated
- to organize short term courses/workshops on the use
and application of various instruments and analytical techniques;
train technicians for maintenance and operation of sophisticated instruments;
- to undertake design and development of instruments/accessories
of existing instruments.
At present the SAIFs are functioning at IIT, Chennai; IIT, Mumbai;
CDRI, Lucknow; Panjab University, Chandigarh; NEHU, Shillong; Nagpur University,
Nagpur; IISc., Bangalore; AIIMS, New Delhi; Gauhati University, Guwahati; IIT,
Roorkee; C.V.M., Vallabh Vidyanagar and STIC, Kochi. Click
Here for Addresses and Other Details about the SAIFs
Instruments/Facilities Available at the SAIFs
The SAIFs are equipped
with sophisticated analytical instruments in the areas of Optical spectroscopy,
NMR and EPR spectroscopy, X-ray based analysis, Electron microscopy, Mass spectrometry,
Chromatography, Organic elemental analysis, Thermal analysis etc. to meet the
needs of users in various areas of science & technology. A wide range of analytical
methods/techniques for chemical/material analysis/testing/characterization including
qualitative and quantitative elemental, molecular/compound analysis, structure
determination, surface topographic studies, study of physical, optical and electrical
properties of materials etc. are available to the users at these Facilities for
helping them in their research work. Click
Here for Areawise Instruments/Facilities Available at the SAIFs
Below for Details About the Facilities Available at the Individual SAIFs
IIT-Madras, Chennai|| |
AIIMS, New Delhi
Guwahati Univ., Guwahati
Punjab Univ., Chandigarh
Facility, IIT, Roorkee
CVM, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Nagpur Univ., Nagpur
Services Provided/Other Activities Undertaken
by the SAIFs
(i) Analytical Services: The SAIFs offer
the following analytical services:
- Sample analysis: The SAIFs carry
out analysis of samples received from scientists/institutions and provide spectra/results
of analysis on routine basis.
- Facilities and assistance for sample
preparation are provided to the users, if needed.
- Testing of quality
of raw material and end products is done for industry/users.
of the SAIFs provide complete range of analytical services including interpretation
of results etc. The present emphasis is to provide total quality of analysis to
(ii) Short term Courses/Training Programmes:
The SAIFs organize the following types of short term courses/training programmes/workshops:
- on use and applications of various instruments and analytical techniques for
research students, teachers and personnel from academic institutions, R&D
labs and industries.
- on repair/maintenance and operation of sophisticated
instruments for technicians. Such training programmes are also organized by some
of the SAIFs on specific requests.
Development of new measurement/analytical techniques: Apart from providing
routine analytical techniques/methods of analysis available on the instruments,
efforts are made by the SAIFs to develop new techniques/methods of analysis to
put the instruments to their full use and offer them to the scientists for exploring
new dimensions in research in various areas of science and technology.
Consultancy on Analytical Problems: The SAIFs offer consultancy on solution
to analytical problems including development of analytical methods for specific
needs, sampling problems, spectrum analysis and interpretation of results etc.
as well as on R&D problems/issues.
and Maintenance of sophisticated instruments: Some of the SAIFs have over
the years developed expertise to repair and maintain sophisticated instruments
available with them and on specific request undertake servicing of such instruments
at other institutions.
The facilities provided by the SAIFs may be utilized by any user/organization
on payment of nominal charges. The details about the procedure for using the facilities
and the charges for sample analysis, information about short term courses/training
programmes/workshops etc. can be obtained from the respective Heads of the SAIFs
or the websites of the Facilities.
For any other Information/Suggestions,
Dr. P.K. Malhotra
Department of Science & Technology
Telefax: 011- 26963695
Email: idpkm at nic dot in