Research Outreach

NPL Outreach for National Development

About Program: CSIR NPL has developed a strong knowledge base, application base, and research infrastructure over the last 69 years. The objective of this Research outreach programe is to make these facilities available beyond office hours and on holidays, to scientific institutions and industries that do not have the access to these facilities and thereby providing maximal utilization of available resources, as well as catalyzing the growth of these institutions / industries.

Novelty and Positioning of the Work: This service will be the first of its kind in India – a 24×7 E-Commerce scientific service portal with end to end processing. NPL will train the manpower with the necessary skill to run these operations. as a first phase we are introducing a static page.

Goal of the Project: There are three main goals viz

  1. Maximize the utilization of NPL facilities such as Powder X-ray Diffractometer (PXRD), Bruker D8, High Resolution X-ray Diffractometer (HRXRD) Panalytical X'pert MRD, Magnetic_EPR, Magnetic_Moke, Magnetic_PPMS, FIB Microscope with electron beam writer (EBL), Multiprobe Surface Analysis System, Mask aligner, and many more for the growth of Indian science, technology, educational and industrial growth,
  2. Train the manpower in the area of measurement science and technology
  3. Standardization centre for small scientific instrument manufacturers.

Services: The Services will be provided in 11outreach cluster areas.

Booking Procedure:-

For Information and Booking Please Contact:

Head, NPLONE Program
CSIR- National Physical Laboratory,
Dr. K S Krishnan Marg,
Phone : 011-45608385, 45608396
email :

Service Tax @14.0% + Swachh Bharat Cess @0.5% + Krishi Kalyan Cess @0.5% is applicable.

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Surface / Interface Characterizations and Spectroscopy

Sr. No Instrument Name
1 Multiprobe Surface Analysis System


Sr. No Instrument Name
2 NanoMOKE
4 R heometer

Micro Structure

Thin Film

Special Bulk

Nano Fabrication

Silicon Solar cell Fabrication

Efficiency Measurement of Organic Solar Cells

Equipment: Class AAA Solar Simulator (M/s Photo Emission Technology, USA and Calibrated in APEX Level Facility at CSIR-NPL)

Property Measured: Open circuit voltage, short circuit current, Fill Factor and Efficiency of solar cell  

Basic Principle: Solar simulator provides illumination approximating natural sunlight. The use of solar simulator is to provide a controllable indoor test facility under laboratory conditions for the testing of solar cells.  

Capabilities: All the parameters used in measurement of efficiency of solar cell have been calibrated at apex facility of CSIR-NPL . Thus, the solar simulator being used can provide measurement of the solar cell parameters with greatest accuracy.

In India, the research on solar cells is being pursued in the scientific laboratories and industries; however, there is no center for the validation of solar cell efficiency. Globally there are three recognized centers available for validation of solar cell efficiency namely NREL (USA), PTB (Germany) and AIST (Japan). In order to validate the efficiency of the fabricated solar cells, these have to be sent to one of the mentioned centers and this process is not only expensive but also time consuming. For the validation of efficiency of such devices it requires calibration of various individual parameters involved in measurement of efficiency such as light source, current/voltage meter, temperature sensors and active area of device. Being ‘National Metrology Institute' (NMI) of India, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has standards and traceability to all units used in solar cell efficiency measurement. The ‘facility for validation of solar cell efficiency with the maximum possible accuracy available at CSIR-NPL is a potential service to the nation, including the academic institutions & research laboratories and industries across the country.

Sample Requirement: Min. 20 mm x 20 mm and Max. 10 cm x 10 cm with contact pads as specified in geometry of contact pads given in the link .

Time per Sample: One and half hour for the first sample and for the rest 30 min each.

Cost per Sample: As per CSIR guidelines and based on type of solar cell.