02-01-2018 11:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
State-of-the-art ‘atomic probe’ to impart a thrust to nanotechnology
India got its first Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) equipment that will make it one of the major hubs of research in designing materials with tailored properties. From steel to automobiles and energy to transport, LEAP will have a major impact on industries. Globally, there are only 90 LEAP platforms.
The equipment was brought to India under the leadership of IITMadras and five Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs) as well as the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad.
The cost of the equipment is Rs 32 crore and each institute contributed an amount of Rs 2 crore while rest was funded by Department Of Science and Technology's (DST) 'Nano' mission.
The state-of-the-art 'atomic probe' research is installed at IIT Madras and is the first of its kind that can be operated from anywhere in the world. The high-performance microscope provides a precise atom-by-atom view of a material, enabling a true three-dimensional (3D) atomic scale reconstruction and is expected to impart a thrust to research in nanotechnology, among other fields.
Dr B S Murty, head of IITMadras's department of metallurgical and materials engineering, said, "The knowledge of atomic distribution in a material at the nano-scale is vital for those interested to design and create new materials. Facilities to study material at a small scale are very few even globally and very expensive to create.” He added that most microscopes are 2D and they have been able to set up a 3D atom probe.