Equipment and facilities
The institute has access to the following laboratory facilities:
Product Development laboratory with a vast range of laboratory scale processing equipment such as, high and low sheer mixers, homogeniser, spray dryer, freeze dryer, vacuum dryer, high pressure processing equipment, centrifugal and membrane separators, micro-fluidiser, micro-encapsulator.
Microbiology laboratory with laminar flow chamber, anaerobic chamber, incubation rooms at different temperatures, microscope, spectrophotometer, sonnication chamber, cell disruption equipment, fermenter etc.
Analytical laboratory with a range of sophisticated analytical equipment including HPLC, LC-MS, GC-FID, GC-MS, electrophoresis equipment, particle size analyser (solid and liquid), rheometer, micro texture analyser, zeta sizer.
Molecular biology laboratory with PCR (real time), DDGE facility
Access to a Microscopy suite with Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy
Pilot plant capabilities:
- Tubular heat exchanger for diverse range of heat processing, i.e., pasteurisation, UHT, hot fill
- Homogeniser, colloidal mill, hammer mill
- Centrifugal and membrane separator
- Evaporator and spray dryer
- Freeze dryer
- Blast freezer
- Ice cream freezer
- Canning and retort
- High pressure steam cooker
- Meat handling and processing equipment
- Brewing equipment
The institute has also just purchased a QTOF mass spectrometer.