Department of Chemistry and Research Centre

Certificate Course


Training of Sophisticated Instruments Handling

Course Code: NACSPCC-01


Now a day there is a tremendous growth in pharmaceutical, chemical, bio-chemical, health care, metallurgical, forensic, food etc. industries across the globe. Day by day large numbers of newer compound have been synthesized by various institutions. The understanding of the characteristics of these compounds and their QSAR studies are of great importance. Therefore, the characterization of these compounds has become the prime aspect. The instrumentation in quality control laboratories plays vital role for fast processing and analysis of testing samples. There is enhancement in quality and minimization of errors in testing samples through the use of instruments in laboratories. There almost complete customization in the analytical tools, which helps to produce timeline results. Thus, skilled personnel, who is trained for handling sophisticated instruments is another important aspect in the characterizations. There is a challenge before universities to fulfill the demand of skilled human resources as the education given in academic institutions may not be fully acquainted with needs of the today’s growing industries. We, the academic institutions working under the umbrella of university do not have that much academic flexibility in designing the syllabi of our courses. Universities need to make frequent reforms in their syllabi. Hence, in order to cater the requirements of chemical industries and analytical laboratories there is utmost need to design and develop a course which will provide practical knowledge and skills of handling sophisticated instruments to the students.

Department of Chemistry has designed new certificate course on “Sophisticated Instrument Handling” especially for post – graduate students of chemistry. This course will provide breakthrough knowledge of instrumentation, handling and applications of the high-cost instruments viz. FT–IR with ATR system, UV–Visible Double Beam Spectrophotometer with solid assembly, Flame photometer, Karl–Fischer Autotitrator, Rotary evaporator, Nephelo–Turbidity meter.

Who can join?

            Graduate, postgraduate or research students having chemistry or physics as one of the subjects or any industry personal who is working in industry or has desire to make career in industry.  

Course Structure and Syllabus

Duration: Four weeks

Lectures: 6 Lectures per week

Assessment: At the end by a paper consisting of 100 marks (Theory 50% and Practical 50%). It will comprise multiple choice questions (MCQs), small experiment on use of instrument and short answer questions.

Batch of 6-8 students will be conducted twice a year

Training of Sophisticated Instruments Handling (NACSPCC-01) [24 Lectures]

  Certificate will be awarded to successful students who will attend at least 80% lectures, practical's, complete the assignments and will qualify the examination.

Course Outcomes Expected: 

  1. Introduction of Instrumental Analysis

Objectives – students must be able to-

  1. Need of chemical analysis
  2. Methods of chemical analysis
  3. Various methods of instrumental analysis and their appropriateness
  4. Some important applications

  1. FTIR Spectroscopy –

Aim: To learn principle, theory and practical applications of FTIR spectroscopy.

Objectives – students should learn

  1. Basic principle of infrared spectroscopy
  2. Regions in infra – red band
  3. Modes of vibrations
  4. Fourier transform
  5. Standardization/calibration of the instrument
  6. Instrumentation and how to record the spectrum
  7. Interpretation of spectra and application of FT-IR.

  1. UV-Visible Spectrophotometry –

Aim: To study principle, theory and applications of UV-Visible Spectroscopy

Objectives: The student must be able to understand

  1. Basic principle, Lambert’s – Beer’s law
  2. Instrumentation of technique
  3. Standardization/calibration of the instrument
  4. Analysis using calibration and standard addition method
  5. Tabulation and interpretation of results.

  1. Flame photometry –

Aim: To study the elemental analysis of elements like Li, Na, K and Ca.

Objectives: After learning this chapter students should be able to

  1. Understand and illustrate the principle
  2. Preparation of aliquots of samples in ppm concentrations
  3. Standardization/calibration of the instrument
  4. Handle and record the readings independently
  5. Analyse elements using calibration and standard addition methods.

    5.Karl-Fischer Auto Titrator-

Aim: To find out water content in the given sample

Objectives: After learning of this chapter students must be able to

  1. Introduce the use of equipment
  2. To prepare Karl-Fischer reagents
  3. Understand water equivalence
  4. Standardize auto titrator
  5. Record reading on auto titrator
  6. Applications of auto titrator in analytical laboratory

  1. Rotary Evaporator-

Aim: To separate solvents precisely from different reaction mixtures under normal conditions.

Objectives: After learning this technique students must be able to

  1. Understand the operations of technique in order to carry out distillation of various mixtures of solvent/chemicals.
  2. Learn high vacuum separation of different solvents.
  3. Remove/separate solvent from targeted compound.
  4. Applications in research and routine practical work.

  1. Nephelo – Turbidity meter

Aim: Quantification of emulsions

Objectives: After learning this technique students must be able to

  1. Understand the use of this technique.
  2. Standardization and optimization of parameters.
  3. Measurements
  4. Interpretation of results.


  1. Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis, Chatwal and Anand.
  2. Principles of IR Spectroscopy, Nakamoto Organic Spectroscopy, LDS Yadav