This Centre has the following five sections:-
i. Analytical Instrument Section
ii. Instrumentation Section
iii. Electronic Equipment Repair Section
iv. Refrigeration Equipment Repair Section
I. Analytical Instrument Section:
The Analytical Section houses sophisticated and advanced analytical instruments such as Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer, Transmission Electron Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, Atomic Absorption/ Emission Spectrophotometer, X-Ray Diffractometer, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, Mosssbauer Spectrometer, Universal Testing Machine, DTA/DSC, Inductively Couple Plasma Mass Spectrometer, Gas Chromatograph, 10 litres /Hour capacity Liquid Nitrogen Plant installed and Electron Probe Micro Analyser.
The sophisticated equipment housed in this section are extensively used by the various departments of the Institute for their teaching, research and development program. These facilities are also used by other academic, industrial, and research organizations such as IIT Kharagpur, Jadavpur University Calcutta, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, University of Calcutta Calcutta, Banaras Hindu University Varanasi, Regional Research Laboratory Bhubaneswar, Indian School of Mines Dhanbad, WIHG Dehradun, Hindustan Zinc Limited Udaipur, Delhi University Delhi, GSI Faridabad, University of Madras Madras, CBRI Roorkee, University of Hydrabad, Hydrabad and Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh.
II. Instrumentation Section:
Two B.Tech. III year students has undergone summer vacation practical training during the past summer vacation from MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly & Two students from IITR has completed the dissertation work of MPhil Instrumentation. The students of Electronics Computer Engineering Department have utilized the facilities of PCB fabrication for Project work.
III. Electronic Repair Section:
The Electronic repair section has adequate expertise and facilities to repair scientific/Analytical/Electronic equipment of the IIT in addition to the maintenance of major equipment of IIC.
During the reporting year more than 130 instruments have been repaired which include five highly sophisticated equipment in addition to the maintenance of Major Equipment of IIC. This section has also assisted in Research Projects of Ph.D students in their projects.
IV. Refrigeration Repair Section:
The Refrigeration Section has a very wide responsibility for the operation of Central Air Conditioning Plant of Central Library and regular servicing and maintenance of all Refrigeration equipment of the Departments of the Institute .
During this year, the section has repaired more than 90 Refrigeration instruments in besides minor repair, regular inspection and checking at site of various equipment for their efficient working.
This Centre has a fairly well equipped mechanical workshop which are used by the various Departments and for the development work of the Centre.
Major Intra-continental Shear Zones of South India and their role in Gondwana Assembly: Geochronological and Geochemical Constraints, P.I. : A.K. Choudhary
The regional granulite terrain of the Eastern Ghats, along the east coast of India , is a highly prospective terrain for the study of mantle-related processes. It has a variety of mafic granulite xenoliths of primary nature within massif-type charnockite-enderbite gneisses. The mineral equilibria in these xenoliths indicate a lower crystal depth of equilibration and hence they represent the lower continental crust in this regional granulite terrain. The chemical and isotopic composition of these xenoliths is similar to that of the oceanic plateau and arc basalts. Hence the incompatible element distribution and isotopic composition of these xenoliths can be used to constrain the nature of the mantle plume. The isotopic ratios may be used to differentiate arc and plume related basaltic magmatism. Thus, petrology, geochemistry and isotope geochemistry of these xenoliths in the Eastern Ghats terrain would lead to an understanding of the mantle-related tectonic processes in time and space.
Study of Optical and mechanical properties of nanophase materials, P.I.: Ramesh Chandra
The optical and mechanical properties of nanomaterials have been of both experimental and theoretical interest for some time. It has been known for over a thousand years that the colour of small metal particle embedded in glass depends strongly on the size and shape of the particles. Similarly the mechanical properties of these materials changed drastically as compared to their bulk counterpart. Under these projects we are doing systematic studies on these properties as a function of the particle size