The Heber Analytical Instrumentation Facility (HAIF) has been established in the year 2017 at Bishop Heber College to strengthen the quality of research in advanced as well as applied field of sciences. The centre is equipped with sophisticated Analytical equipment’s that facilitates students and researchers of Bishop Heber College, and other academic institutions and industries, to carry out cutting-edge interdisciplinary research of national and international importance. The centre provides facilities for fabrication work, material testing, characterisation, new device fabrication, etc., to help R&D labs, industrial R&D, MSME, Incubators and Start-ups, etc. The college has also received several grants from UGC, DST SERB, DBT, DST FIST and MOFPI New Delhi to augment the facilities of the Science Departments and the common instrumentation centre.
HAIF envisions to be a state of the art instrumentation centre by acquiring the sophisticated analytical instruments to serve in cutting edge areas of science and technology.
The centre is equipped with the following instruments procured under the support of different funding agencies:
Name of the Instrument
|1||X-Ray Diffractometer||PANALYTICAL / X’PERT3||UGC - CE|
|2||Electron Beam Evaporation Unit||HHV/ Auto 306||DST-SERB/MOFPI|
|3||Gas Chromatograph –Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)||SHIMADZU/ QP2020||DST - FIST|
|4||Spectro Fluorophotometer (PL)||SHIMADZU/ RF 6000||DST - FIST|
|5||UV - Visible Spectrophotometer||SHIMADZU/ UV 2600||DST - FIST|
|6||Electrochemical Analyzer (CV)||CH/ CHI608E||DST - FIST|
|7||Digital Source Meter||KEITHLEY/ 2450||DST - FIST|
|8||Fermentor||LARK||DST - FIST|
|9||ELISA Reader||BIOBASE/EL10A||DST - FIST|
|10||Digital Visualizer||CLARITY/PH-130W||DST - FIST|
|11||Incubator||KEMI / KIS-3||BHC - HAIF|
|12||Ultrasonic Cleaner||AVM / USE-200||BHC - HAIF|
|13||Laminar air Flow Chamber||KLEANZONE / VERTICAL||BHC - HAIF|
|14||Autoclave||NEWLAB||BHC - HAIF|
|15||Surface Profilometer||MITTUTOYO / SJ 301||UGC|
The equipments, specimens, chemicals and contingencies are purchased by purchase committee comprising of the Principal Dr. D. Paul Dhayabaran, Bursar Dr. Isaiah, Advisors Dr. V.Violet Dhayabaran, Coordinator Department of Biotechnology, and Dr. V.Anand Gideon, Head Department of Botany, and the Coordinator Dr.K.Vijayalakshmi Assistant Professor Department of Physics, as per the requirements of the teaching departments of the college. The college authority purchases them by calling quotations from the reputed companies. The teaching staff from life sciences, physical and chemical sciences departments are taught and trained about the use and maintenance of equipments and they also take the responsibilities of periodic up-gradations of the resources. The instrument facilities are maintained by technical support staff of the Instrumentation centre Dr. G. Solaraj and Mr. G. Manoji. The support staff keeps a record of all the equipments. Stock verification and auditing of accounts takes place every year. The cleanliness of laboratory is ensured by a group of workers and sweepers. Periodically, necessary steps have taken by the authority to develop the instrumentation centre by organising several training/internship and other workshop/seminar/demonstration programs for both staff and students of the college and other neighbouring institutions. The college authority also plays a vital role in providing financial support to the staff and students of the college by extending the characterization facilities for 50% of the original charge of the sample.
The facilities created in the centre have helped the researchers of Bishop Heber College to publish more number of papers in the reputed journals.
Centre Coordinator, Asst.Professor ,Department of Physics
Bishop Heber College (Autonomous)
Tiruchirappalli – 620 017