CUSAT, Cochin - 682 022, Kerala, India.

Electron Microscopy

Electron Microscopy division is equipped with high resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM) and Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscope (SEMEDAX).

EM analysis provides information on Topography, morphology and composition.

Ultra Microtome available for specimen preparation.

HRTEM: Jeol/JEM 2100

  • 200kV
  • LaB6 Electron gun
  • Point resolution 0.23nm
  • Lattice resolution 0.14 nm
  • SAED


  • Accelerating voltage : 0.5 to 30 kV
  • Filament: Tungsten
  • Magnification x 300000
  • EDAX resolution 136 eV
  • EDAX detector area 30 mm2
  • Elemental Mapping

Ultra Microtome: Leica UC 7

For preparing ultra thin sections for Electron microscopy application

Section thickness range 1nm to 10 μ m

Knifes : Diamond, Glass

X-Ray Diffraction

X-Ray Diffraction facility offers high quality diffraction data for powder specimen as well as single crystals.

This facility focus on

  • Qualitative and qualitative estimation of minerals
  • Rietveld refinement
  • Degree of crystallinity measurement
  • Gracing Incidence
  • Transmission Geometry
  • Temperature dependent powder XRD
  • Complete structure solution for single crystals
  • CIF editing
  • Aiding CCDC deposition

Data base available ISCD, PDF-2 (2018). Topaz 6.0 for Rietveld refinement

Powder XRD:

  • Bruker D8 Advance
  • Bruker D8 Advance Twin- Twin

Single Crystal XRD: Bruker Kappa Apex II

Elemental analysis

ICP-Mass Spectrometer with Ion chromatograph

Measure all analytes in a single helium Kinetic Energy Discrimination (He KED) mode. Capable of measuring lithium and beryllium at sub ppt levels. Excellent interference removal with high ion transmission. Reactive gas capability targets specific interference ions for challenging applications.

Microwave digester for specimen preparation. Standards available for nearly 50 elements

Estimation of elements in following sample matrix

  • Drinking water
  • Waste water
  • Effluents
  • Food
  • Geological
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Clinical
  • Biological specimen etc.

ICP-MS: Thermo Fisher iCAP RQ ICP-MS

Ion Chromatograph: Thermo Fisher Dionax Aquion

Cations Anions, and Speciation studies

CHNS Analyzer:

for estimation of Carbon Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Sulfur (Ultimate analysis)

  • Total Carbon estimation in solid and liquid samples
  • C/N Ratio
  • C H N and S estimation for both liquid and solid specimens


FT Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer (FTNMR)

400 MHz NMR for molecular structural analysis,

  • 1H, 13 C
  • 31P
  • 15N

FT NMR: Bruker Avance III

Mass Spectrometry

MALDI TOF Mass Spectrometer

High Performance MALDI Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer with Linear and Reflectron modes capable of mass analysis of Small Molecules, Polymers (Synthetic and Bio polymers), MOF, Dendrimers, Supramolecular assemblies, Proteins and Peptides. of Oligonucleotides, Nucleic acids, PNA-DNA Hybrids.

  • Bruker Bio tools for Protein and Peptide sequence database analysis, Polymerix
  • database for polymer analysis.

MALDI-TOF: Bruker Autoflex max LRF


Spectroscopy section is equipped with spectrometers that can record spectra of materials both in solid and liquid phases in UV Vis NIR and MID IR spectral region.

Integrating sphere available with UV-Vis NIR Spectrophotometer for acquiring solid state spectrum in Diffuse Reflectance mode (DRS)

UV Vis NIR Spectrophotometer: Perkin Elmer Lambda 365 200 nm to 1000nm

DRS integrating sphere 50mm, angle of incidence 8 °

FTIR spectrometer: Thermo Nicolet iS50 4000 cm-1 to 100cm-1

  • Resolution 0.2 cm-1 , S/N Ratio 55,000:1
  • ATR- Diamond crystal, Liquid Cell, Gas Cell attachments
  • IR library

Thermal Analysis

Thermal Analysis facility offers Thermo gravimetric (TG) analysis up to 1500 deg C with simultaneous Differential Thermal analysis (DTA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) in the temperature range -150 to 600 deg C,

Instruments available are capable of

  • Decomposition studies
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Glass transition temperature determination
  • Melting point determination
  • Specific heat measurements
  • Degree of crystallinity measurement.

TGA-DTA Perkin Elmer STA6000, Perkin Elmer Diamond

TGA-DTA Hitachi STA7000

DSC Netzsch DSC 204 F1 Heat flux DSC

Ultra Pure Water System

Merck Millipore Milli Q

Resistivity 18.2 MΩ @25 °C

Conductivity 0.055μS/cm @25 °C

Pyrogens < 0.001Eu/ml

TOC <5ppb