Materials Characterization and Instrumentation Division (MCID) offers comprehensive techniques and capabilities that are crucial to modern materials research and analysis to draw composition-structure-property correlations in ceramics, glass, metals, and composite materials important for both academic Institutes and Industry. Facilities at MCID can provide information about the thermal and physical properties and chemical state of elements in a wide variety of materials. The Division houses various state-of-the-art instruments for characterizing various aspects of materials. These include Atomic and molecular spectroscopy based techniques like Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (FAAS), UV-Visible Spectrophotometry, CNO analyzer. There are various other instrumented characterization techniques like Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Dilatometry, Themal Conductivity, Rheometry, Porosimetry, Particle Size Analysis, Gas Pycnometer, etc. which are employed by the Division for characterization of the various thermo-physical properties of materials to contribute to the institute’s various R&D activities on wide variety of materials. The Division has a major activity for the development of analytical methods for chemical characterization of glass, ceramic and allied materials, metals and environmental samples related to all the projects of the institute as well as different glass, ceramic and other industries, universities, research organizations etc. Primary objective of Materials Characterization Division is to develop analysis tools and methodologies to promote multidisciplinary research for better understanding of composition-structure-properties correlation.
The Instrumentation group of this division caters and co-ordinates the engineering needs, both R&D and infrastructural of the laboratory. The services encompass various areas such as, Developments of Prototypes, Design & drafting, Engineering Support for running of Pilot Plants, Augmentation & Modernization of Existing Infrastructural Facilities etc.