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Tailor-made research services to assist with your projects
Sydney Analytical offers various bespoke research services to assist our users, such as project development, instrument training, and contract research services.

We’re rapidly expanding in the field of museum studies, with capabilities for portable XRF, Raman and infrared analyses, as well as the capacity for detailed 2D and 3D mapping on our Laboratory instruments. Expansion of the facility will see the development of an analytical space in the new Chau Chak Wing Museum which we aim to be equipped with comprehensive imaging instrumentation and combined portable XRF/XRD equipment in the near future.

Scientific analyses performed at Sydney Analytical will help both internal and external users to:

  • examine and identify chemical alteration phenomena
  • inform cultural heritage diagnostics, conservation and restoration
  • identify materials and methods used in the making of artefacts, which illuminate the history and stories that give life to our cultural heritage.

The size of data generated by modern instruments continue to grow each year. In the area of analysing 'Big Data', computer aided interrogation is more efficient and powerful than is humanly possible. Chemometrics includes a suite of statistical methods to filter the data from the noise in datasets to highlight the real underlying processes occurring in your research. We can offer training and access to these software packages to apply to your datasets.

Our cutting and polishing facility provides sample preparation for microanalysis. We focus on the preparation of high precision polished thin sections from bulk samples, with the ability to adapt every step in the preparation process to suit individual and specific requirements. The facility can prepare any quantity of single- or double-sided polished thin sections of desired thickness with high precision to 30 µm. See this brochure for more information.

We have an established track record of providing high quality consulting services to a wide range of clients, including multinationals, small-to-medium enterprises, government departments and public utilities. Previous projects have included studies of microplastics, structure determination, characterisation of unknown contaminants, and assisting in process/quality control.

Contact us to initiate a confidential discussion of your requirements.

Our analytical techniques and expertise are highly complementary to those offered by Major Facilities such as the Australian Synchrotron, the OPAL neutron source, and overseas x-ray, light and neutron sources. Our staff have extensive experience in supporting users at these facilities, and offer a range of services, including:

  • planning advice for experiments on our lab instruments, in order to provide valuable preliminary data,
  • expert advice on planning your experiment and optimising your beamtime application,
  • training on analysis techniques and software, and
  • staff who can accompany research teams to major facilities to assist in experiments, under certain circumstances.

Our staff also have experience in using the following techniques at major facilities:

  • powder X-ray and neutron diffraction
  • X-ray and neutron small angle scattering
  • single-crystal diffraction (including for proteins),
  • X-ray adsorption spectroscopy
  • X-ray fluorescence microscopy
  • soft X-ray methods

Training is one of the primary roles of our facility. All users are provided with one-on-one training when they start using any equipment within the facility. The level of training will range from routine operation to more advanced techniques depending on the users research requirements.

We run a range of workshops providing an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of measurements and analysis.

Upcoming workshops

Introduction to SAXS: a practical introduction to small angle X-ray scattering for materials and soft matter research
This short two part workshop provides a practical hands-on introduction to small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), mainly focused on scattering for materials and soft matter research. See this brochure for more information. 

When: 8 & 9 October 2019, 9am - 12pm
Where: Room 236, Madsen Building (F09)
Cost: $50
Register: paul.fitzgerald@sydney.edu.au

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Cutting and polishing facility brochure

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