What is BARC B1201?

India’s Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) jointly developed BARC B1201, India’s first Bauxite Certified Reference Material (CRM). The launch of this CRM is a significant achievement, especially since it is the first of its kind in India and only the fifth in the world.

What is a CRM?

A CRM is a sample of a material that has been analyzed and certified for its composition, purity, and other important characteristics. It is used as a standard to compare other samples of the same material, ensuring that the results obtained from different laboratories are comparable.

Who is NALCO?

NALCO, also known as National Aluminium Company Limited, is a government-owned company that specializes in integrated and diversified operations in mining, metal, and power. Its main products are alumina and aluminium, and it is the leading manufacturer and exporter of these materials in India.

NALCO comes under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Mines. The Indian government owns  51.5% of the equity in NALCO.

What is BARC?

BARC, short for Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, is India’s premier nuclear research facility. It was founded by Homi Jehangir Bhabha in January 1954 and is headquartered in Trombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

The purpose of BARC is to conduct a multidisciplinary research program essential for India’s nuclear program. It is also involved in other areas such as chemistry, physics, engineering, and biosciences.

Launching of BARC B1201

Shri M.P. Mishra, Director (P&;T), NALCO, and Dr. A. C. Sahayam, Head of Division, National Centre for Compositional Characterisation of Materials, formally launched BARC B1201. The launch took place at NALCO Research & Technology Centre, Bhubaneswar, on 24th March 2023.





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