Separations facility

The separations facility provides chromatography support and instrumentation for a wide range of research projects. Facility also offers technical and analytical consulting services as well. The facility instrumentation includes:

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) systems

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) systems are available for automated analysis and separation of complex mixtures in quantities ranging from milligram to gram scale.

Types of separation techniques available:

  • Reverse phase (typically hydrophobic compounds)
  • Normal phase (typically for hydrophilic compounds)
  • Chiral separation (for both hydrophilic and hydrophobic compounds)
  • Size exclusion (for large compounds, eg peptides and proteins)

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (LCMS)

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (LCMS) provides high throughput analysis providing separation of mixtures and mass data of each components.


The School uses the microanalysis services of the Campbell Microanalytical Laboratory within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago, New Zealand. To access this, you need to follow the following procedures.

Procedure for submission of Microanalysis samples to the Campbell Microanalytical Laboratory

  • Make sure that your samples are pure, dry and free of all extraneous material (boiling chips, aluminium foil, dust, etc.). Transfer your samples to suitable containers and label them with unique code names. Please refer to sample preparation page for further details.
  • Fill out the the Analysis Request Form (NZ) (.pdf) for your sample. For most samples, C,H,N analysis is sufficient. You can request the analysis of other elements, but additional sample is required and an additional cost is incurred.
  • Fill out a Microanalysis Order Form for each of your samples. Print it and obtain your supervisor’s signature. Give the form to Lisa and ask her for the Order Number as you will need to quote it in the documentation that accompanies your sample.
  • Access the AQIS Form and fill in the current date, any additional information necessary, your name and email address. After you have printed the form, sign it.
  • Securely place your samples in a sturdy box with sufficient padding to prevent movement during the transport to New Zealand. Make sure you place in the box; your sample, the Analysis Request Form (NZ) and Microanalysis Order Form. Secure the box with tape, place the AQIS Form on top of the container, wrap the parcel with brown paper, attach an airmail sticker and fill in the address details as follows:

    Mr B McAllister
    The Campbell Microanalytical Laboratory
    c/- Department of Chemistry
    Union Place
    P.O. Box 56
    University of Otago
    Dunedin 9054
    New Zealand

At the Post Office you will need to complete a customs declaration, which will be attached to the parcel by the staff, and show some form of photo I.D. (Driver Licence). On the Customs Declaration, make sure that you fill in the field labelled Detailed description of contents with the following words:

  • “Synthetic research samples. NOT of plant or animal origin.”

Any other description could result in confiscation of your valuable samples.

Obtain a receipt from Australia Post so you can be reimbursed from petty cash for the cost of the airmail postage.

Chromatography Facility instrument booking procedures

School of Chemistry users, please login via the HPLC Separation Facility website.

Outside users, please contact .

Note: All users must be trained and certified before use.


Dr Cody Szczepina
Professional Officer
School of Chemistry
Building F11
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
Room 208
T: +61 2 9114 1191