Director Message
CRL Introducation
CRL Facilities
CRL Electron Microscopy
Energy Dispersive
Thermal Method
DMA and SUAR Analyzer
Chromatography and Atomic Absorption spectometer
CRL Conference

Research Laboratories are the basic requirement of any good educational institution, where both the students and teachers (researchers) see the science in its real sense. Laboratories are so important today that we can not separate teaching from research in any institution of higher studies. The standard of any institution of higher studies is determined by the quality of research being conducted along with the standard of its graduates produced.

The idea of establishing the Centralized Resource Laboratory is to provide facilities to Teaching and Research Community where modern, sophisticated and state of the Art equipment are placed. Such equipments are chosen, which are of diverse use and are beyond the purchase power of an individual department. Most of these equipments are housed in the Centralized Resource Laboratory, situated in Physics Department, University of Peshawar.

The source of funding of these equipments is the Government of Pakistan through Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. First grant of Rs.39 Million is received after approval of PC-I prepared by the University of Peshawar.. The overall grant is for the purchase of equipment, without any construction work. The space for the establishment of this laboratory was provided by the Physics Department.

The work on the laboratory started in June 2001 and in five years time all the equipment were imported, working environment created and equipment are installed. Now these equipment are in working condition. The idea of establishment of Centralized Resource Laboratory is appreciated by Ministry of Science and Technology and University Grants Commission (now Higher Education Commission) so much that they asked other Universities to establish similar Laboratories. Also, they asked the University of Peshawar to prepare the 2 nd phase for Strengthening of this Laboratory. Another PC-1 was prepared for the second phase and submitted to the Higher Education Commission in October, 2002 and a further grant of Rs. 37 Million was approved for the extension of the Laboratory.



Researchers and students from different institutions like National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, (NIBGE) Fasalabad, , Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Topi, Swabi, Pakistan Institute of Applied Sciences and Engineering,(PIASE) Islamabad, NWFP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar National Centers of Excellences in Physical Chemistry and Geology, Department of Chemistry, Botany, Geology and Physics are using these equipments extensively. Also some industries have shown interest to use these facilities. Before the installation of these equipment, the samples were either sent out side the country or to laboratories rarely located within the country where the researchers either have no access or have to wait for months to get results.

The Equipments installed in this laboratory and their current status is given below

  1. Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX. (Installed and operative).
  2. X-ray Diffractometer (Software Problem can not operative)
  3. Polishing Machine (Installed and operative).
  4. Cutting Machine (Installed and operative).
  5. Inverted Metallurgical Microscope (Installed and operative).
  6. Distilled water unit (Operative)
  7. Universal Testing Machine ( installed and operative).
  8. Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (Gas Box Problem  not operative).
  9. High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) (Installed and operative).
  10. Gas Chromatography ( Installed and operative).
  11. 200kVA Diesel Power Generator for continuous electric supply ( Installed and Operative)
  12. Thermal Systems (TG/DTA, DMA, DSC)
  13. Surface Area Analyser
  14. 200KV Transmission Electron Microscope with EDX ( installed and Operative but EDX system arrived but not installed yet)
  15. Ion Beam Thinner ( Arrived and installed)
  16. Sputter Coater for Coating Insulating Samples for SEM and TEM (Installed & Operative)

All these equipment are the latest of their kind and highly useful for material characterization. If supported by fabrication/processing facilities, this laboratory can play a very vital role in industrial material development and characterization. I am proud to say that this is the only laboratory through out the country where such a class of equipment related to material studies exist and are operational.



Higher Education Commission Access to Scientific Instrumentation Project
 List of Instruments Offered for Services

S.NO Instrument Available Name Make Model Analytical Charges
1. Scanning Electron Microscope JEOL-Japan JSM 5910

Rs.500/- per print For Public Sector Orgs.


Energy Disperssive x-ray
Analyser (EDS)

Oxford Instruments, U.K. INCA-200

Rs.500/- per Analysis
For Public Sector Orgs.

3. X-ray Diffractometer
(Software Problem can not operative)
JEOL-Japan JDX-3532

Rs.500/- per sample
For Public Sector Orgs


Universal Testing Machine
(Extension, Compression,
Bending) up to 100KN

Testometric U.K. 100-500KN

Rs.500/- per sample for each test mode.
For Public Sector Orgs


Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
(Gas Box Problem  not operative)

(Lamps Available are) (Ag, Al, As, Ba, Ca,Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, Pb, Sb, Si, Sn, Sr, Y, Zn, Zr)

Perkin Elmer


Analyst 700 i). Rs.50/ per element per sample for Acetylene flame
ii) Rs.100/ per element per sample for Nitric
iii) Rs.150/ per element per sample for graphite
furnace. 50% concession on samples over and above 50. 
(For Public Sector Orgs)
6. Gas Chromatograph

Perkin Elmer


  i). Rs.100/- per sample per substance where H2
mobile phase is used with TCD & FID detectors
ii). Rs.200/- per sample per substance where He
mobile phase is used
with TCD & FID
iii).Rs.200/- per sample per substance where H2
mobile phase is used
with FPD & ECD
iv).Rs.300/- per sample per substance where He
mobile phase is used
with FPD & ECD
(For Public Sector Orgs)
7. High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) Perkin Elmer USA 200 series i). Rs. 100/- per sample/per
substance where simple
mobile phase is used
ii) Rs.200/- per sample/per
substance where
complex mobile phase
is used
(For Public Sector Orgs)
8. TG/DTA Perkin Elmer USA   Rs.500/- per sample
9. Differential Scanning Calorimeter DSC Perkin Elmer USA   Rs. 500/- per sample

Dynamic Mechanical Analyser DMA

Perkin Elmer USA

  i). Rs. 500/- per sample
with out LN2 use
ii) Rs. 600/- per sample
with LN2 use
(For Public Sector Orgs)

(These rates are subject to revision from time to time)

Equipment installed and Operative : (Phase – I) :

S.No Equipment Make/Model
1. Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Disspersive X-ray Analyser JEOL 5910/ Japan

INCA200/ Oxford

instruments, U.K.
2. Universal Testing Machine Testometric, U.K
3. X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) JEOL JDX-3520/Japan
4. Metallurgical Microscope PMG-3, Olympus/Japan
5. Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Analyst 700 Perkin

6. Gas Chromatograph (FID, TCD, ECD,FPD Detectors)

Elmer/USA Clarus 500
Perkin Elmer/ USA

7. High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (UV visible detector)

Series 200 Perkin Elmer/ USA


Specimen Cutting/Polishing

9. 200KVA Diesel Power Generator Broad Crown, U.K
(Phase – II)
S.No Equiepement Make/Model
1. (200Kev)Transmission Electron Microscope with Energy Disspersive X-ray Analyser JEOL JM2100/ Japan INCA100/ Oxford instruments, U.K.
2. Ion Beam Thinner for TEM Gatan PIP491/USA
3. Thermo gravimetric/Differential Thermal Analyser (TG/DTA)   Perkin Elmer Diamond Series, USA

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

Perkin Elmer Diamond Series DSC, USA

Dynamic Mechanical Analyser (DMA)

(DMA) Perkin Elmer DMA/ USA

Surface Area Analyser

NOVA 2200e Quanta Chrome, USA

Most of these equipment are only available in CRL through out the country or even if available are not in easy access to the users.

Almost all of this equipment are being used by the faculty members and the students of the University of Peshawar and other organizations through out the country. Our users other than the University of Peshawar include

    • National Centre of Excellence in Physical Chemistry, Peshawar
    • National Centre of Excellence in Geology, Peshawar
    • GC University, Lahore
    • NIBGE, Faisalabad
    • Quaid i Azam University, Islamabad
    • PIEAS, Islamabad
    • PINSTECH, Islamabad
    • University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar
    • Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Science & Technology, Topi, Swabi
    • BZU, Multan
    • Hazara University, Mansehra
    • Some Private users

In near future, the user list will further extend provided we are able to run this laboratory properly. To keep this laboratory operative and to further improve it, we need to think for its future. Currently the laboratory is highly under staff and its staff is not properly paid as well. The staff situation is as under


No of posts



Assistant Director


Analytical Chemist


Instrument Mechanics


Junior Clerk


Naib Qasid


University has created 3 new permanent post of Lab. Technician, one computer operator, two Naib Qasids, one accountant and two cleaners and has promised to advertise these posts in near future.

Centralised Resource Laboratory Staff:

  1. Prof Dr. Muahmmad Riaz Khan ( Director)
  2. Mr. Shahid Naseer (Assistant Director)
  3. Mr. Hassan Ali (Accountant)
  4. Mr. Syed Khalid Shah (Instrument Mechanic)
  5. Mr.Majid Khan ((Instrument Mechanic)
  6. Mr. Hazrat Amin ( Laboratory Technician)
  7. Mr. Imran Khan ( Laboratory Technician)
  8. Mr. Muhammad Tayyeb ( Computer Operator)
  9. Mr. Qasir Ali ( Naib Qasid)
  10. Mr. Salamat Amanat (Sweeper)


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