Aug 17, 2015 | Abhipsa Nayak
The Chromatography Laboratory (previously Spectroscopy Laboratory) had been constructed a couple of years ago with the objective of providing the Department of Chemical Engineering a central facility in Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Analysis. Started in the year 2013, the laboratory has seen some major developments during these years. The laboratory development is being overseen by Prof. Sujit Sen, a dynamic professor of the department in every aspect, from developing research laboratories to inspiring students in research work. He is also the professor-in-charge (PIC) for infrastructure development of the department, PIC for Analytical Laboratory (under construction) which is being developed with the thought of creating an all-purpose departmental analytical facility. He is also the PIC of Catalysis Research Laboratory, which is dedicated and actively involved in catalysis research, currently engaged in phase transfer catalysis, green synthesis in fine chemicals, utilization of waste to develop fine chemicals and petro-chemicals.
The fully- air conditioned Chromatography laboratory has Agilent GC-MS (gas-chromatograph coupled with mass spectroscope) which is very useful for identification of organic compounds having mass/charge ratio up to 1000u. The laboratory also has a GC with FID (Flame Ionization Detector) useful for the quantification of organic compounds. The lab provides Analytical Facility in Chromatography which analyses samples not only from the department, but also from other departments like Chemistry, Life Science etc as well as industries. The organic samples are sent for analysis (both identification using MS and quantification using FID). Some examples are bio fuels, any type of organic compounds, pharmaceuticals etc. The emerging laboratory needs to be supported with better infrastructure and enhanced maintenance of the instruments, providing better service to the users.
The laboratory plans to have HPLC (high pressure liquid chromatography), which is used to separate, identify and quantify each component in a mixture. It also plans for FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscope) used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption, emission, photoconductivity and a Hydrocarbon Analyzer. All these are very precise instruments used for identification of compounds. With the rapid development in science and technology, this will definitely create a benchmark in the department.