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Expanding our team in India: supporting the global growth of quantum R&D

By Matt Martin, Managing Director 

Recognising the growth of the industry in India, we’re pleased to be increasing our Oxford Instruments NanoScience local team in Mumbai. India has witnessed a rapid growth in quantum research and development over the past decade both academically and commercially, and we are growing our expert sales team to fully support demand.

India is developing in capability in quantum research at pace. Prestigious academic institutions, such as the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), and the Indian Institute of Technology have established dedicated quantum research labs and centres. We are proud to support the work of these universities and communities.

Collaborative efforts with global research institutions and multinational corporations have facilitated knowledge exchange, access to cutting-edge technologies, and joint research projects. These collaborations not only contribute to India's quantum capabilities but also aim to position the country as an international hub for innovation.

By increasing our sales count in India we’re building on the great work that Oxford Instruments has already supported for more than ten years. Every organisation within the Oxford Instruments group is active in India and we have many shared customers.

Most recently, we took part in an in-person and online workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. We joined speakers from across the Oxford Instruments group, covering the entirety of our combined quantum segment offer, as well as external speakers discussing the potential for the quantum industry in India and globally.

As a group we provide a comprehensive solution of quantum solutions for customers: Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology provides fabrication equipment to prepare quantum devices; at NanoScience we conceive the environments in which to operate quantum; Andor Technology provides measurement tools, such as quantum optics; and Oxford Instruments Materials Analysis group provides characterisation tools for understanding sample material.

The Oxford Instruments Material Analysis group is well represented by our office in Mumbai and our field sales, application scientists and service engineers across the country. The group provides the latest technologies for the analysis and characterisation of materials down to the nanoscale level. From high-resolution characterisation of surfaces and nanostructures using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), composition and structural characterisation using EDX, EBSD, WDS and BEX detectors for electron microscopes, 2D and 3D chemical characterisation with Raman imaging microscopes, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) used to identify molecular structure and monitor reaction dynamics.

Last month we were privileged to host Arindam Ghosh, Professor at the Indian Institute of Science at our UK factory. Our engineers were treated to a presentation on Arindam’s latest work. It is great for us to be able to continue to support our customers with their specific needs, especially our previous science prize winners. Arindam was the first ever Oxford Instruments India Science prize winner back in 2015 for his outstanding contribution to NanoScience.

We’re proud to have supported work at the Indian Institute of Science for almost ten years and are excited about our next chapter in India. I especially thank colleagues Liang Zhu and Mandar Kumthekar for their contribution to this growth.

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