Materials Characterisation Facility

The Materials Characterisation Facility provides advanced capabilities in the analysis of the chemical thermal and physical properties of a wide range of materials. 

We support the research activities of both Flinders and external researchers trough access to leading edge facilities in polymer and materials science, including training.

Our industrial experience means that we can apply these techniques to a wide range of industrial problems and standard analysis methods.


  • Thermal analysis
  • Chemical analysis (FTIR)
  • Polymer molecular weight and distribution
  • Rheological/Mechanical
  • Sample preparation


Thermal analysis

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

  • characterises glass transition, melting, crystallisation and degradation
  • TA Instruments DSC 2930 differential scanning calorimeter with liquid nitrogen cooling and high pressure capability.

Thermogravimetric Analyser (TGA) 

  • TA Instruments TGA 2950, high resolution thermogravimetric analyser
  • Characterises degradation (mass loss with temperature) in various atmospheres
  • Can be used to determine the amount of each component of a material

Simultaneous Thermal Analyser (STA) 

  • Perkin Elmer STA8000, high temperature (1600°C) thermal analyser (TGA and DSC combined)
  • Useful for thermal analysis of polymers, metals, glasses and ceramics

Chemical analysis

Nicolet Nexus 870 step-scan FTIR with DRIFT, ATR, photoacoustic, polymer stretching 

  •  PM-IRRAS, PM-VLOD and PM VCD accessories. 

Thermo Nicolet Continuum FT-IR Imaging Microscope 

Polymer molecular weigh and distribution

Waters 2960e/2414 Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

Rheological properties

TA Instruments RA2000 rheometer with high temperature furnace 

TA Instruments DMA Q 800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyser 

  • Measures viscoeleastic properties (stiffness, glass transition) of a material as it is deformed under controlled stress/strain. 

Mechanical properties

 Instron 4301 Tensile Tester

  • Measures the force-displacement behaviour of all types of materials, from which mechanical properties such as strength, stiffness and elongation can be determined.  

Sample preparation

  • High temperature programmable furnace (1100°C)
  • Glove box
  • Spin coaters
  • General chemistry laboratories



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(authorised users)


Dr Jonathan Campbell

Facility Manager
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Phone: (+61 8) 820 15738



Room 124
Earth Sciences Building (Bldg 45)
Flinders University 

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  Postal Address

Materials Characterisation Facility

Faculty of Science & Engineering
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide  SA  5001