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Oxford Instruments Bringing Expertise in Nanotechnology to India

Oxford Instruments has just completed its second series of successful and well attended seminars in India following its first in Bangalore in 2012.

Over 500 people registered overall during the two events, emphasising the intense interest in the nanotechnology sciences. With its key theme of ‘Tooling Nano’ the seminars took place first at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, followed by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Mumbai, and focussed on cutting edge nanotechnology tools and their use in multiple fields.

At each venue, two parallel sessions focussed on fabrication and analysis methods, with scientific and technology papers on a wide range of topics within each technical area. These sessions included guest international speakers including speakers from the University of Cambridge and University of Bath, UK, and TU Delft in the Netherlands, TATA Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, IIT Bombay, and IISER Mohali. Technical experts from Oxford Instruments also presented. The events provided an excellent opportunity for networking and information sharing between all participants.

Prof. Ananth Venkatesan, from IISER Mohali, who hosted the Mohali event and spoke at IIT Bombay said, “These seminars were well thought-out with an excellent balance of specialist speakers covering a wide variety of processes and tools for nanofabrication and nanoanalysis. We were extremely pleased that Oxford Instruments chose to organise this event at IISER Mohali in addition to IIT Bombay.”

Professor Ashok K Ganguli, INST Director and Adjunct Professor at IISER, Mohali was also very pleased to be involved with event and said, “I mentioned in my opening address that we were extremely happy that specialists of Oxford Instruments had come to IISER Mohali to give such a wide range of in-depth talks on many novel aspects of nanotechnology research. We were extremely pleased to be part of the event.”

Prof V.Ramgopal Rao, IIT Bombay commented, “It was a pleasure for me to introduce the graphene plenary sessions at IIT Bombay, and to give a talk on MEMS & Sensors for Healthcare & Homeland Security. Events such as this are an excellent opportunity not just for our researchers at IIT Bombay to learn about latest techniques but also for our colleagues outside this establishment to network and keep up to date with scientific advances. The Graphene plenary session with the keynote talk by Ravi Sundaram, Marie Curie Research Fellow, Cambridge University was an excellent overview on many aspects of this growing field of research.”

The fabrication sessions discussed latest etch and deposition technological advances, including: ALD, Magnetron Sputtering, ICP PECVD, Nanoscale Etch, MEMS, MBE and more. The Analysis sessions

covered multiple topics and technologies including: Ultra high vacuum SPM, Cryo free low temperature solutions, XPS/ESCA, an introduction to atomic force microscopy and applications such as nanomechanics, In-situ heating and tensile characterisation using EBSD, measuring layer thicknesses and compositions using EDS, nanomanipulation and fabrication within the SEM / FIB.

“Oxford Instruments is a leading provider of high technology solutions, actively listening and engaging with our customers for mutual success, building long term relationships based on trust and respect”, comments Mark Sefton, Sector Head of Oxford Instruments Nanotechnology Tools, “Educational events such as these, coupled with our high technology tools and superior service, demonstrate our commitment to our customers, and encourage discussion and cross dissemination of ideas that  benefit us all.”

About Oxford Instruments plc

Oxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications. It provides solutions needed to advance fundamental physics research and its transfer into commercial nanotechnology applications. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for over 50 years, and its strategy is to effect the successful commercialisation of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion.

The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University over fifty years ago, Oxford Instruments is now a global company with over 1900 staff worldwide and is listed on the FTSE250 index of the London Stock Exchange (OXIG).  Its objective is to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the research and industrial sectors.

This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature, high magnetic field and ultra high vacuum environments, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, X-ray, electron and optical based metrology, and advanced growth, deposition and etching.

Oxford Instruments aims to pursue responsible development and deeper understanding of our world through science and technology. Its products, expertise, and ideas address global issues such as energy, environment, security and health.  

About Oxford Instruments India

Oxford Instruments India Pvt. Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Instruments plc (based in UK) and supports key customers in industry, research and academia. Based in Mumbai, it is one of the few companies in India to set up a demonstration lab for Industrial Analysis. In this lab distributors and customers can analyse samples, demonstrate systems and be introduced to new technologies. This lab houses a range of analysers that span applications from metals analysis, to low sulphur in petroleum and gold coating analysis


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