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CSIR-NBRI Central Instrumentation Facility (High end analytical facility and services for natural product)

CSIR-NBRI is a premier plant science R&D institute with state of the art facilities and expertise for undertaking multidisciplinary research in plant sciences. During the last decade there has been a tremendous upsurge in the study of plants as source of medicines, nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, cosmoceuticals, biopesticides and several secondary metabolites. In view of this, the institute has recently, established a CIF (Central Instrumentation Facility) with high tech and sophisticated instruments to cater the services to the institutes/organizations/individuals and developing projects in public private partnership (PPP) mode. CIF is NABL accreditated and well equipped for pysico-chemical and analytical analysis of various plant based products. Under this facility NBRI provides the services for the analysis of essential oils, vegetable oils, herbal drugs, pesticides, heavy metals using sophisticated analytical instruments. Based on scientific knowledge developed at NBRI, the institute has expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis of several groups of secondary and primary metabolites which includes polyphenols, alkaloids, withanolides, andrographolides, furocoumarins, amino acids, proteins etc. using HPLC-DAD, LC-MS/MS & HPTLC. Complete infrastructural facilities for analysis of essential oils and contract research (in Public-Private mode of partnership) are available with the institute. NBRI is recognized by AYUSH as center for standardization and quality control of herbal drugs and has also been involved in preparation of monographs for Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia of India. The institute is having facility for determination of heavy metal content in various sample types like soil, water and plant materials. Apart from these, NBRI is also having high end extraction technique in the form of supercritical fluid extraction equipment which is used for selective extraction of essential oils, aroma chemicals and other non-polar compounds. Today NBRI has established its valuable identity at national and international level as a unique center of excellence for research on natural products.

Objectives of CIF : Central Instrumentation Facility of the institute is established in March 2007, with following objectives:
  • Services to the industries/organization/universities/individuals.
  • Public private project development
  • Joint IPR with industries.
  • Instrumental and infrastructural support to R&D activities of institutes
Equipments available with CIF :

LCMS/MS, Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SCFE), HPLC, Flash Chromatography, AAS, GLC, GC-MS, MALDI-TOF, IRMS, TD-NMR, Plant growth chamber, Lypholizer, Typhoon Imaging Phosphoimager, Microscope, Refractometer (Digital), Polarimeter, Tintometer, Microwave Digestor, Sonicator, HPTLC, etc.

Pysicochemical analysis at CIF :

Facilities for physico-chemical analysis of herbal drugs, vegetable oils, essential oils and soil are available in the institute.

NABL- Accreditation :

NBRI has been accreditated as per the requirements of ISO-17025 from NABL (National Accreditation Board for Calibration and Testing of Laboratories) Department of Science and Technologies (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi Certificate No. Chemical: T-1381 Area of scope- Herbal drugs, Essential oils ,Vegetable oils ,Soil and water.

Services Offered by CIF :
  • Quality Assessment of Essential oils, vegetable oils, herbal drugs and soil
  • Standardization of Herbal drugs and products profiling
  • Single profiling with marker compound

Contact :
Dr Alok Lehri,
Principal Scientist
Ph:0522-2297924 / 2207255
E-Mail: a.lehri[at]
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