Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC), SRMIST inaugurated X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) facility at Kattankulathur campus!!
SRMIST has added another state of art facility, the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) in its Kattankulathur campus. The other existing state-of-the-art facilities at SRMIST include High resolution Transmission electron microscope(HR-TEM), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM), X-ray Diffractometer (XRD), Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM), Micro-Raman spectrometer ,Gas-Chromatography Mass-Spectrometry (GCMS),High resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR-500MHz) ,Six axis modular spine testing machine, High Performance Computer cluster, a supercomputer that is typically used for scientific and engineering applications etc.,.XPS also known as Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA) is an advanced surface analysis technique that provides chemical composition, chemical state and hence chemical bonding information on the surfaces of almost all materials. This facility (Model: PHI VersaProbe III Scanning XPS Microprobe, Physical Electronics, USA) is fully sponsored by SRMIST with a cost of ~ 4.03 crore INR (USD 580,000).
Dr. D. K. Aswal, Director, National Physical Laboratory (NPL) New Delhi has inaugurated the XPS facility on 24-04-2019 and delivered a talk on X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy to research scholars and faculty members. “XPS facility at SRMIST will enable the research scholars and scientists working in thrust areas like energy (solar cells, Li-ion batteries, thermoelectrics), electronic devices (sensors, transistors, photodetectors and light emitting diodes) and advanced nanomaterials (air filters, photo catalyst) to further understand the chemical state of the atoms and electronic structure of the materials. This will strengthen the research findings and hence pave the way for high impact publications and patents”, he quoted
Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Director, Engineering and Technology added that SRMIST is one among few premier institutes like IIT-Madras to have XPS facility with advanced features like scanning XPS microprobe and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS)housed in a single unit.This facility can be used to understand many industrial problems like environmental pollution (automobile emissions or water contamination), surface contamination & oxidative state of elements in automotive industry, energy storage, healthcare, pharmaceutical industry, oil refineries and semiconductor industry.
Providing hands-on operational and analytical training to the undergrad and postgraduate students with such advanced techniques as part of their academic course will help them to excel in research as well as in industrial R&D sectors. This XPS facility can be accessed by researchers in other academic institutions by online booking. Also teachers and students from other colleges across the country will be trained in this facility through workshops/short term training conducted periodically by SRMIST.