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Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility

The Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility (VSCF) is a professional services unit (PSU) at The University of Sydney. It is located on Level 2 in Rooms 256 to 260 of the Madsen Building (F09). The VSCF houses the largest concentration of state-of-the-art Raman and FT-IR spectrometers in Australia. The instrumentation is available not only to the university community but also to government, not-for-profit organisations, industry and private companies. In order to maintain a high level of excellence in service and equipment, the Facility must operate on the basis of a user pays system. Charges for the use of the instrumentation with the facility can be found under the heading of Facility Charges. Details regarding facility access can be found under the heading of Facility Access.


Vibrational spectroscopy is used for the identification and/or characterisation of the molecular components of materials and fluids and their distributions therein in biological and non-biological samples. The research interests of facility users are diverse and applications include but are not limited to: nanotechnology, materials science, art and archaeology, polymer science, pharmaceutics, environmental, forensic science, soil science, mineralogy, gemmology, medical diagnostics, disease mechanisms and treatments, dentistry and other life sciences.