Central Instrumentation Laboratory

About CIL

The Central Instrumentation Laboratory (CIL) was established at Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies (VISTAS), Pallavaram, in 2017 to help the scientific community for their advanced research with nominal charges. The centre was initially housed with the state-of-the art facilities such as Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) with Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) for Particle size and Zeta Potential measurement High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) and BET surface area analyzer.

Owing to the overwhelming response from the research community, by 2019 the centre has been equipped with additional high end sophisticated instrumentations such as Confocal Raman imaging and spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), Electrochemical workstation, Contact angle meter, Real time polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR), UV-Visible spectrophotometer and Fourier Transform-Infra Red Spectroscopy (FT-IR) including Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) and Diffused Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS) modes.

The faculty, researchers and scholars of all academic institutions and Industries are welcome to use the equipments at Central Instrumentation lab, VISTAS. In this regard for further information and details kindly contact below


To be a reliable equipment facility centre for the advanced research and experimentation, creating a vibrant inter-disciplinary atmosphere.


To help the academic and industrial communities in solving the challenging scientific and industrial tasks using the established non-profitable facilities.


  •     •  To serve the needs of the researchers within VISTAS, other academic institutions and industrial partners with utmost sincerity and dedication.
  •     •  Work in an ambience of transparency, with the commitment of maintaining the confidentiality of the work of the users/researchers.
  •     •  Periodical review of all measurements conducted, to impart actionable insights so as to value to the efforts of the researchers.

S.no Instrument Model Principal Company Download Request form
1X-ray diffractometer (XRD)SmartLabRigaku Corporation International Marketing Division. JapanDownload
2Dynamic light scattering - Particle Size and Zeta potential analyzerNanotrac Wave IIMicrotrac, Inc. USADownload
3BET Surface area analyzerBELSorp MaxMicrotrac, BEL Corp, JapanDownload
4Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM)- Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)FESEM: Quattro SFEI Company of USA (S.E.A) PTE LTD, SingaporeDownload
5Confocal Raman Spectroscopy/Imaging Alpha300RWITec GmbH GermanyDownload
6Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)STAR e System TGA/DSC3+ Mettler-Toledo, SwizerlandDownload
7Differential Scanning Colorimetry (DSC)DSC-3Mettler-Toledo, SwizerlandDownload
8Fourier Transform IR spectroscopy (FTIR)Spectrum Two FT-IR/Sp10 SoftwarePERKIN ELMER, USADownload
9Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)XE7Park Systems, South KoreaDownload
10High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC)Autosampler: Linomat 5, Developer: TLC Scanner 3CAMAG, GermanyDownload
11Real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)StepOneThermofisher Scientific, USADownload
12UV-Vis SpectrophotometerJAZOceian optics, USADownload
13Electrochemical Workstation760ACH instruments, USADownload
14Contact angle meterHolmarch, IndiaDownload

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Charge details for using the equipment at Central Instrumentation Laboratory (CIL), VISTAS

Instruments (Model & Make) Service Charges excluding 18% GST per sample (Rs.)
External Internal
Academic Industries VISTAS
Powder X-Ray Diffraction (P-XRD) (2θ range-5 to 130) (Model- SmartLab SE X-Ray; Make- Rigaku, Japan)
Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometer (EDS) (Model- Quattro S; Make- ThermoFisher Scientific, USA)
FESEM image (5 to 7 images)150030001200
EDS (One EDS spectra & one elemental mapping) 7501000500
FESEM with EDS (5 images with One EDS spectra & one elemental mapping )200040001500
Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) Analysis (Model- Nanotrac Wave II; Make- Microtrac Inc, USA)
Particle Size10002000800
Particle Size with Zeta potential150030001000
Bet Surface Area Analysis (Model -BETSORP Max; Make- Microtrac BEL, Japan)
Surface Area200040001000
Adsorption/Desorption isotherm250050001500
Simultaneous Thermogravimeter / Differential Scanning Calorimeter (TGA-DSC) (Temp from RT to +1500° C) (Model- DSC 3+ Make- Mettler toledo, Swizerland)
Heating only (charges per hour)150020001000
Heating and Cooling (charges per hour)200030001500
Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) ) (Temp from -80° C to +400) (Model- DSC 3+ Make- Mettler toledo, Switzerland
Heating only (charges per hour)150020001000
Heating and Cooling (charges per hour)200030001500
Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectrometer (ATR-FTIR)
(Model- Spectrum 2 ; Make- PerkinElmer, USA)
ATR mode300700200
Transmittance mode400800300
Diffused reflectance mode5001000400
Liquid sample (non-aqueous)7501500500
Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) (Model- Park XE7 ; Make- Park System, Korea)
Non-Contact mode (4 images per sample)150020001000
Tapping mode (4 images per sample)200030001500
Contact mode (4 images per sample)200030001500
Lateral Force Microscope (LFM) mode200030001500
Electrochemical In-suite studies 7500100005000
Liquid probe mode 200030001500
Magnetic Force Microscope (MFM) mode200030001500
Force Modulated Microscope (FMM) mode200030001500
Confocal Raman Microscope-Imagining / Spectrometer (Model-Apollo 300R Make-Witech, Germany)
Raman spectra only10001500800
Chemical(2D) imaging and spectra analysis200030001500
Depth profiling and spectra analysis 300050002000
3D imaging and spectra analysis7500100005000
High Performance Thin Layer Chromotography (HPTLC) (Model- Linomat 5, TLC Scanner 3 ; Make- Camag, Switzerland)
Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) (Model - StepOne; Make- Applied Biosystems, ThermoFishier Scientific)
*Charges on Request
Contact angle meter (Model- ; Make-Holmarch, India)
Electrochemical Workstation (Model- 760A; Make-CH instruments, USA)
Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) studies (5 cycles at scan rate 20mV/s) 300500100
Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)5001000300
UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (Model-JAZ ; Make-Oceian optics, USA)
Solid samples- DRS mode5001000300
Absorbance mode300500200

Note: GST (18%) should be paid along with the analysis charges

How to contact the Centre?

Central Instrumentation Laboratory (CIL)
Chennai - 600 117, Tamil Nadu, India
Email: technicalofficer.cilab@velsuniv.ac.in