Analytical and Specialist Services
The school has extensive analytical laboratory facilities with very advanced equipment. These facilities are supported by skilled staff with proven experience covering a wide range of work in product and process development, trouble-shooting and environmental technology.
Analytical Capabilities include:
- Elemental Analysis
Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry; Atomic absorption spectrophotometry (flame, furnace & vapour generation for detection to low ppb.); Total inorganic carbon and carbon analyser; Carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen analyser.
- Inorganic and Organic Anionic and Cationic Speciation and Quantification
Ion-chromatography - Merck speciation spectrophotometer (biochemical and environmental work)
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography
Bio-purification and quantification analysis; General assaying of bio-fermenter products (capable of scale-up to give purified product)
- Spectrophometric Analysis
The school has 3 machines, the most recent Cary 50 has sophisticated software with biochemical and bioprocess applications
- Thermal Analysis Facility
Differential scanning calorimeter (natural products, polymers; Thermogravametric analysis (inorganic and organic analysis including fingerprinting of unknown polymers; Dynamic mechanical analyser (characterising polymers and composites).
- Particle Characterisation
-Malvern 26 00: range 1800 - 1 micron
-Malvern mastersizer: range 800 - 0.05 micron
-Malvern zetasizer: range 3 micron - 3 nanometers
- Gas Chromatography
Thermal conductivity (flue gases - gas mixtures); Flame ionization (electroncapture chromatograph for analysis of organic liquids to ppm level).
- Viscosity Meter - Rheology
2 viscometer units for monitoring shear rate, shear stress and viscosity, over a temperature range of 5-95 deg.C.
- X-ray Diffractometer
One XRD unit for phase analysis of organic and inorganic crystalline compounds and a university shared facility with advanced phase identification software.
- Anton Paar Physica MCR 300 and MCR301 Rheometers
These state of the art instruments can be operated in the following modes
- Goettfert Capillary Rheometer (Rheo Tester 2000)
This is a capillary rheometer with a dynamic speed range of 1:400000, with digital measuring and online calibration. It can achieve a maximum extrusion force of 20kN and a speed of 20mm/s.
- Linkam CSS450 Optical Shearing System
This system allows microstructural dynamics of complex fluids to be directly observed via a standard optical microscope while undergoing shear deformation.
To discuss your analytical testing requirements, please contact our Laboratory Manager, Dr Jeffrey Shi or call Dr Shi on: 9351 7484 who will be happy to answer your questions.