Thermophysical properties facility

Quantum Design: PPMS (Physical Properties Measurement System)

Quantum Design:
PPMS (Physical Properties Measurement System)

TA Instruments: TGA and DSC with LN2 accessory

TA Instruments: TGA and DSC with LN2 accessory

The Thermophysical Properties Facility of the University of Sydney provides a suite of Magnetic Susceptibility, Heat Capacity and Resistivity analysis (PPMS), ThermoGravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) to both internal and external clients.

The facility has laboratories on the first (PPMS) and third (TGA/DSC) floors of the School of Chemistry and is currently equipped with a Quantum Design PPMS (2 to 400 K in magnetic fields up to 9 T) with VSM, ACMS, heat capacity and resistivity measurement capability plus a TA Instruments 2950 TGA (ambient to 1000 °C), a TA Instruments 2920 DSC ( -150 °C to 600 °C) and a MicroCal Isothermal Titration Calorimeter (ITC 200).

Bookings for the Facility can be made through the online booking system:

Online Booking System (internal access only)

Facility charges

The facility operates on a subsidised cost recovery basis for Australian academic and government clients, and on a full cost recovery basis for others. The PPMS is charged by the full day or part thereof. Charges listed below include the professional officer's time for calibration, training, data conversion and transmission. Extra P.O.'s time for services such as running your samples, filling nitrogen dewars etc. will be charged at $40ph for University of Sydney users and $100ph for external clients.

User category
daily fee
(10am - 10am)

Chemistry School, University of Sydney



Other University of Sydney users


$15 /hr
$90 /day

LIEF partners: ANSTO, UNSW

$225 + GST


External clients

$450 + GST

$30 /hr

A relatively small extra charge, our cost price, may need to be applied for clients who use substantial quantities of consumables (e.g. PPMS sample tubes are $11 each, DSC pans are $4 each).

All charges apply regardless of the "success" of the experiment.

Contact details

Dr Hank de Bruyn

Professional Officer, Technical Support
School of Chemistry
The University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia
Room 353
T +61 2 9351 3330
F +61 2 9351 8651