Scientific Analytical Equipment

Imaging/Surface Analysis/Elemental Depth Profiling

Scanning Electron Microscopy/Sputter Coating

CAMScan  MX2500 Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX Analyser.

FEI Phenom Scanning Electron Microscope.

Emitech K757X Sputter coater.

Fluorescence Microscopy

TIRF Technologies Fluorogazer total internal reflection fluorometer

Atomic Force, Raman and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopes (AFM)/(STM)

Witec Alpha 300RS confocal Raman imaging with AFM and near scanning optical microscope Raman/AFM/NSOM

Digital Instruments Nanoscope IV, multimode scanning probe microscopy system including: atomic force microscopy (AFM-contact, tapping, fluid cell, force measurement, nanoindentation), electrochemical AFM (EAFM), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and electrochemical STM (ESTM).

Digital Instruments Nanoscope III, multimode scanning probe microscopy system incorporating custom made ultra high vacuum STM.

Digital Instruments Nanoscope II, multimode scanning probe microscopy system.

Novascan AFM/optical tweezer and Olympus IX fluorescence microscope.


Nanonics AFM/Tip Enhanced Raman Spectrometer (TERS)

Surface analysis:

Metastable induced electron spectroscopy (MIES), Ion scattering spectroscopy 1 to 5 keV, evaporation of organic materials and metals.

Neutral Impact Collision Ion Scattering Spectroscopy (NICISS)-elemental depth profiling up to 20nm. 

Leybold LHS10 (XPS) spectrometer with Al and Mg anodes.

SPECS XPS with Al and Mg anode, UV photoclectron spectroscopy (UPS) with He I line.

Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)

Biacore 2000 surface Plasmon resonance analyser (contact Dr Ingo Koeper).

GWC Surface Plasmon Resonance Imager

Surface Modification

Plasma vacuum surface modification apparatus- for the modification of surfaces using various gases (H2, CH4, SF4, O2, N2, Ar).

Structural Determination

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers (NMR)

Bruker 600 MHz spectrometer, 5 mm inverse multinuclear probe, 5mm triple resonance (HCN) probe, variable temperature, z-gradients and autosampler.

Bruker 400 MHz spectrometer, 5 mm inverse multinuclear probe, variable temperature, z-gradients, 4 mm MAS probe (solid NMR).

BET-(surface area and porosity)

Micromeretics Tristar III surface area and porosity analyser

Thermal Analysis

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

TA Instruments DSC 2930, high pressure differential scanning calorimeter with auto-sampler.

Simultaneous Thermal Analyser (STA)

Perkins Elmer STA8000 high temperature (1600°C) thermal analyser

Thermogravimetric Analyser (TGA)

TA Instruments TGA 2950, high resolution thermogravimetric analyser with auto-sampler.

Bomb Calorimeter

Gallencamp ballistic bomb calorimeter.

Electrochemical Analysis

CH Instruments 1650D electrochemical analyser. 

Zeta Streaming Potential

CAD Instruments zeta streaming potentiometer.

Chromatographic Separations 

Capillary Electrophoresis (CE)

Agilent capillary electrophoresis system with diode array detector.

High Performance Liquid Chromatographs (HPLC)

Agilent Model 1200 HPLC system quad pump system with diode array and fluorescence detectors, auto-sampler and fraction collector.

Shimadzu UFLC HPLC/GPC with UV and RI detectors (contact Flinders Analytical).

Shimadzu HPLC binary system with C18 column, autosampler and diode array detector

Ion Chromatograph (IC)

Dionex model ICS1500 ion chromatograph with AS40 auto-sampler.

Gas Chromatographs (GC)

Agilent 6850 series GC with FID detector.

Shimadzu GC-17 with FID detector.

Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS)-Pyrolysis/Thermal Desorption

Varian CP-3800 gas chromatograph coupled to Saturn 2200 mass spectrometer with CP-8400 auto-sampler.

Agilent 7890 gas chromatograph coupled to Agilent 5875 mass spectrometer with 7693 autosampler and CDS 5200 Pyroprobe pyrolyser/thermal desorber.

Agilent 7890 gas chromatograph coupled to Agilent 5973 mass spectrometer with auto-sampler (contact Flinders Analytical).

Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS)

Waters Quattro micro, triple quad mass spectrometer coupled to Waters 2695 HPLC and 2487 UV detector (contact Flinders Analytical).

Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

Waters Gel Permeation Chromatography including 2690 separations unit and 410 RI detector

Spectrophotometric Analysis

Raman Spectrophotometer (RAMAN)

Delta-Nu Advantage 200A Raman spectrophotometer.

UV-visible Spectrophotometers (UV-vis)

Varian Cary 50.

UV-visible Near Infrared Spectrophotometers (UV-vis-NIR)

Perkin-Elmer Lambda 950 UV-vis NIR with 150 mm integrating sphere accessory for reflectance analysis

Fluorescence Spectrophotometers

Varian Cary Eclipse fluorescence spectrophotometer with peltier temperature controller and front surface accessory.

Fieldspec 4 Hi-Res Portable vis-NIR Spectro-radiometer with fiber optic cable.

Stress-Strain Analysis

Rheometer - TA Instruments RA 2000 rheometer.

DMA Q 800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyser - Measures viscoeleastic properties (stiffness, glass transitiion) of a material as it is deformed under controlled stress/strain.

Instron 4301 Tensile Tester 

Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis (FTIR) 

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FTIR)

Nicolet Nexus 870 step-scan FTIR with DRIFT, ATR, photoacoustic, polymer stretching, PM-IRRAS, PM-VLOD and PM VCD accessories.

Perkin Elmer Spectrum400 FTIR with DRIFT and ATR accessories.

Perkin Elmer Frontier FTIR with ATR accessories.


Nicolet iN10MX IR-microscope with cooled MCT, micro-tip ATR accessory, ultrafast mapping capability, spatial RESOLUTION >10 um.

Thermo Nicolet Continuum FT-IR Imaging Microscope.

Elemental and Mass Analysis

GV Instruments Iso-Prime isotopic ratio mass spectrometer set for carbon and nitrogen (contact Flinders Analytical).

Waters MALDI-ToF mass spectrometer (contact Flinders Analytical).

Bruker Autoflex III Smartbeam MALDI-ToF MS/MS mass spectrometer with imaging capability (contact Flinders Analytical).

Waters Synapt High Definition ESI/Q-ToF Mass Spectrometer with ion mobility cell and accurate mass capability (contact Flinders Analytical). 

Agilent 7500 ICPMS (contact Flinders Analytical).

Picarro water isotope ratio analyser (contact Flinders Analytical).

Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometers (AAS)

GBC 933 and GBC 901 atomic absorption spectrophotometers with Cu, Co, Pb and Zn lamps.   

Biological/DNA Analysis 


BioRad Calligrapher microarray printer. 

Polymerase Chain Reactors (PCR)

Qiagen Rotor Gene Q-6 Plex real time PCR with 6 detector channels

Corbett Research FTS-1

Biorad MJ Mini thermal cycler 48 well

Magnetic Analysis

Magnetic Susceptibility Analysis - Sherwood magnetic susceptibility balance.

Particle Size/Film Thickness/Zeta Potential

Particle Sizer

Malvern high performance particle size analyser.

Particle size/Zeta Potential

Izon Q-Nano, particle size, particle, interactions, particle concentration, particle zeta potential

Film Thickness

Nima Langmuir-Blodgett trough 611.

Reverse Osmosis/Filtration Membrane Analysis

(Analysis of water flux and solute rejection properties of reverse osmosis and other filtration membranes)

Sterlitech HP4750 stirred cell.

Sterlitech crossflow apparatus comprising six Sterlitech CF042 crossflow units.

GE Osmonics Sepa CF II Crossflow unit.


Brookfield viscometer.

Optical Activity

Polarimeter - PolAAr 21 polarimeter with selection of standard, micro and thermo-stated cells.  

Radiation Equipment and Monitors

X-ray Fluorescence Analysis

Bruker Tracer III - V+ Rh TUBE portable handheld XRF

Radiation Monitors

"Inspector Alert" portable surface contamination monitor for the detection of low levels of alpha, beta and gamma radiation.

"Gamma Scout" portable monitor for the detection of low levels of alpha, beta, gamma and x-ray radiation.

Lasers and Chemical Dynamics

Assortment of lasers, spectrometers and associated equipment for fast gas reaction analysis and other spectroscopic studies.

Fluorescence Spectrometers

1 x High resolution 4.2 metre Czerny Turner spectrometer with single photon counting.

Nd:YAG Lasers

2 x Continuum Surelite III.

1 x Continuum Surelite II.

1 x Continuum Minilite II.

1 x Spectra Physics GCR 12.

1 x Spectra Physics GCR 170.

Pulsed Dye lasers

1 x Lambda Physik Scanmate Pro with tripling unit.

2 x Lambda Physik Scanmate with doubling unit.

1 x Lambda Physik LPD 3000 with doubling unit.

Turnable Infrared Analysis 

1 x Laser-Vision OPO/A.

Supersonic Free Jet Expansion Systems

3 x supersonic free jet expansion systems - two with time of flight mass spectrometers and ion imaging capability, the other with fluorescence detection.