Advancing Scientific Frontiers: IIT Bombay Unveils Cutting-Edge National Cryogenic Electron Microscope Facility

5 Apr 2024

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Secretary of DST and CEO of the Anusandhan National Research Foundation, Government of India, inaugurated IIT Bombay’s National Cryogenic Electron Microscope facility on campus. Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, was present at the occasion. The event also witnessed the presence of:

  • Prof. Subramaniam from the University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Prof. Shekhar Mande, Distinguished Professor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Former DG-CSIR
  • Prof. KVK Rao, Deputy Director (FEA)
  • Heads of various departments of IIT Bombay
  • National and international scientists specializing in Structural Biology and related fields

This state-of-the-art facility houses cutting-edge equipment including:

  • The Vitrobot Mark IV, Leica’s Cryo-Ultramicrotome, and high-pressure freezer
  • A screening 120 kV Cryo-EM (Talos L120V)
  • The 300 kV Krios G4 equipped with a Biocontinuum Energy filter
  • The Gatan K3 detector

Supported by SERB, IIT Bombay’s facility is one of the four national facilities and the Institute is immensely proud and grateful to be first to be inaugurated. The facility’s mission is to cater to the scientific needs of the nation, and to that end, this facility will provide access to advanced technology, thereby contributing to a positive impact on the global scientific landscape.

Inaugurating this cutting-edge facility marks a significant stride towards advancing scientific exploration, placing IIT Bombay at the forefront of groundbreaking research in the global scientific arena.