Introduction

Are you a researcher looking for state-of-the-art equipment in order to perform novel and exciting experiments? Do you need innovative research capabilities to give you the edge over your industrial or commercial competitors?

The Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility (VSCF) is a one of six University of Sydney’s core facilities providing access to high-end research infrastructure and services to the university community as well as government, not-for-profit organisations (NFPO), industry and private companies. The VSCF is one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and has a high international standing in terms of its capabilities and the science that it produces.

The Facility contains a range of vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and FTIR) instruments, each with specialised capabilities and sampling accessories used for simple point spectroscopy as well as more sophisticated experiments such as chemical/biochemical mapping and imaging.

Aspirin
 FT-Raman spectra of A) commercial aspirin B) the plastic packaging C) aspirin in the plastic packaging.
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Infrared image collected from a breast tissue cross section, the areas in red are indicative of regions of highly proliferating cells.
 
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 A Raman component map of a pharmaceutical illustrating the distribution of the active ingredient.