Prof. N. Suryaprakash
Sophisticated Instruments Facility (SIF) was established
in 1977 by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India,
initially under the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC)
programme, with Indian Institute of Science, Raman Research Institute,
National Aeronautical Laboratory, all in Bangalore and Tata Institute
of Fundamental Research in Bombay as the participating institutions,
and was called "Bangalore NMR Facility". It came under
the purview of Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre (RSIC)
programme in April 1982 and was called the "Sophisticated Instruments
Facility" and later as "Sophisticated Analytical Instruments Facility".
The broad objectives of the Centre are:
To provide NMR facilities to scientists to carry out measurements for
the purpose of research.
To organise short-term courses/workshops on the use and
application of various instruments and techniques for research students,
teachers and personnel from other laboratories and industries.
To acquire and develop capability for preventive maintenance and
repairs of Sophisticated instruments and also help other laboratories in
this direction if and when possible.
To train technicians in maintenance and operation of
To promote projects aimed at the development of new techniques,
sophisticated instruments or improvement of existing instruments.
The Sophisticated Analytical Instruments Facility has the following
spectrometers for the general use.
400 MHz solid state NMR spectrometer
400 MHz liquid state NMR spectrometer
500 MHz liquid state NMR spectrometer
In accordance with the objective of the Centre, the facilities are made
to scientists from all over the country. Schools / workshops are organised at
level to make the users aware of the latest developments in
the area of NMR spectroscopy
and also to help them in making the best
use of the
available facilities. Generation of capability for maintenance / development /
improvement of sophisticated instruments and providing assistance to other
laboratories are also the objectives of the Centre.
NMR Research Centre site is hosted here,
National Magnetic Resonance Society of India is here and
Indian Institute of Science site here.
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More pictures here.