Centre for Automation and Instrumentation (CAI)
Centre for Automation and Instrumentation (CAI), formerly known as the Centre for Instrumentation Facility, was established at the National Institute of Technology, in the year 2005, with the support of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India,
CAI houses sophisticated analytical instruments which are operated and maintained by dedicated and qualified Technicians. It is an integral part of NIT.CAI does not operate to compete with any commercial laboratories but, it has a vision, "to be amongst the top Analytical Instrument Laboratories in the world".
Instrumental methods of analyses form an indispensable aspect of any Research & Development program. Keeping in view the inability of small educational institution and industries to procure and maintain sophisticated analytical instruments, the Department of Science & Technology, set up Centre for Automation and Instrumentation (CAI) in different parts of the country.
The main objectives of CAI facilities are:
To provide for guidance acquisition of data using Sophisticated Instruments.
- To organize workshops on the use and application of various spectroscopic and analytical techniques for students, teachers and personnel from other Laboratories, Universities and Industries.
- To provide facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to scientists and other users from academic institutes, R&D laboratories and industries to enable them to carry out measurements for R&D work.
- Development of new measurement/analytical techniques: Efforts are made by the CAI to develop new techniques/ methods of analysis to put the instruments to their full use and offer them to the scientists for exploring new dimensions in research in various areas of science and technology.
Currently the following facilities are available to the users.
- 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrophotometer
- X-Band Electron Spin Resonance(ESR) Spectrometer
- Liquid Chromatography-High Resolution Mass Spectrometer (LC- HRMS)
- Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
- UV-VIS-NIR Spectrometer
- Wide Range Fluorescence Spectrophotometric Workstation
- Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrophotometer (ICP-OES)
- Circular Dichroism-Optical Rotatory Dispersion (CD-ORD) Spectrometer
- Universal Testing Machine (UTM)
- Powder XRD