Sydney University’s newest research facility: Sydney Analytical

By on 17 July, 2018

Sydney University’s newest core research facility offers open access to a formidable suite of portable analysis equipment. Image courtesy of Sydney Analytical.

The University of Sydney’s newest core research facility puts a vast range of portable analytic technologies into the hands of a new generation of scientists.

The new lab will offer open access to the university’s flagship capabilities for material, biological and chemical analysis.

The new centre already holds partnerships and complements the capabilities of other collaborative research centres and organisations based at the campus, including Sydney Nano, the Brain and Mind Centre and Charles Perkins Centre, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), and industry collaborators.

“We’re delighted to launch Sydney Analytical and the infrastructure, tools and technical support that it brings to the University,” said Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

“Our investment in core research facilities supports our researchers who rely on the most modern equipment to further their findings and stay at the top of their game.”

Newly-installed Nano IR instrument at Sydney Analytical.

Some of the key research capabilities at the new centre include vibrational spectroscopy, x-ray analysis and magnetic resonance infrastructure, along with support services for researchers including technical guidance for their facilities and training courses.

The centre also offers commercial consulting services.

One of the centre’s core infrastructure purchases is a Nano IR instrument (left), which joins a formidable cast of infrared and raman spectroscopy instruments, both lab-based and portable.

The other main class of technical analysis capabilities is focused around X-ray analysis, for which Sydney Analytical boasts instruments for x-ray scattering, single crystal x-ray diffraction, powder x-ray diffraction and x-ray spectroscopy.

Sydney Analytical was formally opened on July 17, and has already informed investigations into the origins of microplastics in Sydney Harbour, and the coffin of the Egyptian mummy Mer-Neith-it-es  has been analysed with Sydney Analytical portable instruments, including vibrational spectroscopy equipment and micro x-ray-fluorescence.

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