What is BARC B1201?

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Recently, the National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), the Navratna CPSE has successfully developed a Bauxite Certified Reference Material (CRM) naming as BARC B1201 in collaboration with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).

About BARC B1201:

  • It is the first of its kind Certified Reference Material (CRM) in India and 5th in the World.
  • This new product will act as an import substitution for use by Industries, Research Laboratories and Academic Institutions as a calibration standard in evaluating analytical methods, the performance of Instruments, and data quality control in routine analysis of bauxite.

What is Bauxite?

  • Bauxite is an important ore that is used for making aluminium. It is not a specific mineral but a rock consisting mainly of hydrated aluminium oxides.
  • The deposits of Bauxite are mainly associated with laterites and occur as capping on hills and plateaus, except in coastal areas of Gujarat and Goa.
  • Bauxite is primarily used to produce alumina through the Bayer process.
  • In India Odisha alone accounts for 53% of the country’s resources of bauxite and it is also found in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.


Q1) What is an Ore?

Ore is a naturally occurring solid substance from which a precious metal or mineral can be successfully extracted.

Source: NALCO-BARC Releases India’s 1st Bauxite CRM