सीएसआईआर-केंद्रीय काँच एवं सिरामिक अनुसंधान संस्थान

CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute

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सीएसआईआर-केंद्रीय काँच एवं सिरामिक अनुसंधान संस्थान

CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute

Materials Characterization


Materials Characterization Division (MCD) 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.

Areas of Research

  • Development of atomic and molecular spectroscopic techniques using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP MS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP AES), Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (FAAS), UV-VIS Spectrophotometry.
  • Development of solid phase extraction technique using polyurethane foam (PUF) for separation, pre-concentration and analysis of trace and ultra trace elements
  • Development of chemical processes for separation and removal of toxic elements from waste water.
  • Development of analytical methods for the extraction of precious metals from waste materials.
  • Study of Rheological and magnetoreological properties of Ferro fluids and MR fluids.
  • Study of thermal (DTA, TGA, DSC, Thermal Conducvity) and physical characteristics (Particle Size, Surface Area, Porosimetry) of different glass and ceramic materials and evaluation of specific heat, phase transitions, softening point and glass transition temperatures, viscous and elastic modulus, creep and yield study and pore size and its morphology thereof.
  • Analysis of C/N2/O2 content (ppm to percentage) in any type of solid sample by CNO analyzer and measurement of true density of any shape of porous or solid sample by Helium Gas Picnometer.
  • Development of measurement set-up comprising of different type of platinum electrodes for study of electrical conductivity of lead glass systems and borosilicate glass beads in molten as well as solid conditions.
  • Development, characterization, calibration and telemetry of sensors for bio medical applications.
  • Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured ZnO thin films for dynamic strain sensing.

Technology Developed


Ongoing Projects

Sl No Title of project Duration Source of funding Principal investigator Co-investigators
1. Development, characterization and testing of minimal invasive micro system for the monitoring of intra ocular pressure, sub-task under Development of Novel CSIR Technologies for Manufacturing Tailored and Patient-specific Bioceramic Implants and Biomedical Devices at Affordable Cost (ESC0103). 2012-2017 CSIR Ashim Kumar Chakraborty Mousumi Majumder
2. Development of analytical methods for chemical characterization of glass and ceramic materials. 2014 – 2015 In House Project Dr. P. K. Sinha Ashim Kumar Chakraborty
3. Development of Seven Components Borosilicate Glass Beads. 2014-2016 NRB, DAE Sitendu Mandal Santanu Sen (Co-PI),
Dr. Dipali Kundu (Co-PI),
Ashim Kr. Chakraborty,
Dr.Ranjan Sen
4. Energy efficient, cost effective method for preparation of specialty glass by dielectric heating. (12th Five Year Plan Project) 2012-2017 CSIR Ashis Kumar Mondal Santanu Sen.
Dr.Ranjan Sen,
Ashim Kr. Chakraborty
5. Development of manufacturing technology and supply of radiation shielding window glass blocks (5.2gms/cc) to BARC (DAE) for hot cell application. (MOU-I & II completed & MOU-III is in process) 2001-2015 DAE Dr. Ranjan Sen Sitendu Mondal,
Ashim Kr. Chakraborty,
Santanu Sen

Completed Projects

Sl No Title of project Duration Source of funding Principal investigator Co-investigators
1. Development of analytical methods for chemical characterization of glass and ceramic materials. 2012 – 2013 CSIR Dr. Dipali Kundu Dr. P. K. Sinha
2. Development, production and supply of Neodymium doped phosphate laser glass (square cylinders for use in high power glass lasers). 2011-2013 BRNS Dr. Ranjan Sen Dr. Dipali Kundu
Dr. P. K. Sinha
3. Study of electrical conductivity of SiO2-PbO-K2O glass systems and SiO2-B2O5-K2 O) glass nodules in the molten condition at high temperature. 2011-2013 CSIR Santanu Sen Ashim Kr Chakraborty,
Sitendu Mondal
4. Development, synthesis, characterization and thermo-physical property measurement of ceramic nanoparticles dispersed nanofluids for thermal applications 2010-2013 CSIR Dr. Indranil Manna Mousumi Majumder (Co-PI)
5. Proficiency testing under NABL programme on complexometric determination of Alumina, Titania and iron oxide in China Clay. 2000 – 2001 DST Dr. Dipali Kundu Dr. P. K. Sinha
6. “Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) as Strain Sensor” Sub-Task 2 of Task 4, Technology for Engineering Critical Assessment (TECA), COR 0022. April 2002 – March 2007 CSIR Ashim Kumar Chakraborty Dr.T.K.Gangopadhyay,
Mousumi Majumder,
Kamal Dasgupta,
7. Determination of softening point and the working range of different glasses through viscosity measurement (OLP 0091). 2003 – 2006 CSIR Ashim Kumar Chakraborty Mousumi Majumder,
Santanu Sen
8. Development of thyristor power controller (5 KW) for use with electrical furnace: OLP 180109. April 2002 to June 2003 CSIR Ashim Kumar Chakraborty Mousumi Majumder,
Santanu Sen,
Asit Maiti

Divisional Facilities

Central Materials Characterization Facility (CMCF)

Central Materials Characterization Facility

STA 449, RT to 1600, Netzsch

Twin Surface area analyzer, Quantachrome)

Dilatometer (RT to 1600o C), Netzsch

Rheometer, Malvern

Rheometer with magneto rheology attachment

Microparticle Analyzer, Methrom

Zetasizer, Malvern

Gas Pycnometer, Micromeritics

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS), Perkin-Elmer

Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (ICP-AES), Spectro Analytical

Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (FAAS), Perkin Elmer

UV-VIS Spectrophotometer

Flame Photometer

Carbon Analyser, LECO

Nitrogen & Oxygen Analyser, LECO



Dr. Tarun Kumar Kayal, Chief Scientist and Head

Dr. Sandip Bysakh, Senior Principal Scientist, Leader (TEM/ XPS/FIB)

Dr. Mousumi Majumder Senior Principal Scientist, Leader (Central Material Characterization Facility)

Dr. Jiten Ghosh,Principal Scientist, Leader (XRD/GAXRD/XRF/FESEM)

Dr. Prabir Pal, Principal Scientist

Technical/Support Staff


Name Designation Expertise / Capability
Ashok Kumar Mandal Senior Technical Officer (2) FE-SEM

Swati Samanta
Senior Technical Officer(2) Operation and maintenance of STA, Particle size analyser, Rheometer including magneto rheology, MIP, SAA, Dilatometer, Thermal constant analyser. Operation& maintenance of EPABX, including line fault repair, new intercom connection, maintenance of P & T lines etc.
Prosenjit Khan Senior Technical Officer (1) XRD-XRF
Titir Maity Senior Technical Officer (1)
Kajari Dasgupta Senior Technical Officer (1)
Nitai Dey Senior Technical Officer (1) FE-SEM

Mousumi Baral Narjinary
Senior Technical Officer (1) Material processing, sensor platform fabrication, characterization of sensors.
Asian Hemrom
Senior Technical Officer (1) Operation and maintenance of STA, Particle size Analyzer including zeta potential measurement, Rheometer , Hot disk thermal constant Analyzer & FTIR
Subash Sharma Technical Assistant
Prosenjit Das Technical Assistant
Sumit Nath Technician (2)
Bholanath Jana Laboratory Assistant FE-SEM



Name Status Project Co-Supervisor



Dr. Tarun Kumar Kayal
Chief Scientist and Head

Last Updated on February 2, 2024