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Facilities & Services

The School has state-of-the-art facilities and services for characterisation that are available to internal and external users. A considerable proportion of these capabilities are amalgamated under Adelaide Molecular Analysis and Characterisation (AMAC). Please contact the relevant people listed under the following headings.

Adelaide Molecular Analysis and Characterisation (AMAC)

Adelaide Molecular Analysis and Characterisation (AMAC) provides a range of research equipment and infrastructure for researchers in, or assosciated with, the chemical sciences. It combines existing molecular analysis and characterisation research laboratory infrastructure under the one umbrella and includes instrumentation for:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Mass Spectrometry (MS)
  • X-ray Diffraction - The Bragg Crystallography Facility
  • Femtosecond Laser Spectroscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Bragg Crystallography Facility

    Instrumentation: The major diffraction capabilities at the University are located within the Bragg Crystallography Facility (BCF). There are four separate diffractometers:

    1. Oxford (now Agilent) X-calibur single crystal diffractometer for chemical samples.
    2. Rigaku HighFlux Homelab single crystal diffractometer for macromolecular samples (protein, etc).
    3. Bruker D4 Endeavour 66 sample powder X-ray diffractometer (Co source).
    4. Bruker D8 Advance powder X-ray diffractometer (Cu source). A number of environmental sample chambers and a high temperature/pressure capability are available.

    For more details please contact Assoc. Prof. Chris Sumby
    For the Bragg Crystallography Facility homepage click here.

  • NMR Spectroscopy Facility

    Instrumentation: A comprehensive service of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for academic and industrial clients who require characterisation and analysis at the molecular level. Our equipment will be suitable for the analysis of a wide range of molecular structures, from small organic molecules to large biological structures such as peptides and proteins. The NMR spectrometers are:

    1. Agilent 600 MHz NMR spectrometer. This spectrometer is fitted with a 13C enhanced cryo-probe for cryo-enhanced, high-resolution 1-D, 2-D and 3D NMR experiments suitable for biological samples. Use of the cryo-enhanced service gives distinct improvements in sensitivity and peak resolution, providing superior homonuclear and indirect heteronuclear correlation spectra as well as excellent water suppression, protein backbone assignment and protein C13/N15 experimental spectra on biological samples.
    2. Agilent 500 MHz NMR spectrometer. This spectrometer includes an autosampler for rapid throughput of samples for routine 1-D and 2-D experiments with good signal dispersion. A full range of multinuclear (broadband) NMR experiments will be available using the Agilent “oneNMR” probe that can be tuned to different nuclei including 15N, 19F and 31P.

    The NMR Spectroscopy Facility is also an Adelaide Integrated Bioscience (AIB) Accredited Laboratory and is the Biological NMR node of “Adelaide Spectroscopy” – an AIB lab consisting of three NMR facilities across the state that can provide specialised NMR services to a wide range of potential external users. More information can be found at

    For more details please contact Mr Phil Clements.

  • Mass Spectrometry Facility

    Instrumentation: The MS facilities service the needs of researchers for structural characterisation of inorganic, organic, protein and biological samples. Four spectrometers are located within the mass spectrometry laboratory:

    1. Shimadzu GCMS-QP5050: electron impact ionisation (via direct probe assembly) quadrupole MS instrument, with capabilities for GC-MS.
    2. Finnigan LCQ: electrospray ionisation ion trap mass spectrometer.
    3. Micromass QToF-2: electrospray ionisation quadruople-time of flight MS instrument with limited accurate mass capabilities.
    4. Agilent 6230 TOF LC/MS with 1260 Infinity LC system for High Resolution MS with LC separation.

    In addition, a Thermo LTQ Orbitrap MS instrument with HPLC is located at Adelaide Proteomics, providing accurate mass measurement capabilities.

    For more details please contact Mr Phil Clements or Dr Tara Pukala.

  • Spectroscopy Facility

    Chemistry has a suite of bench-top spectrometers, including:

    • Cary 5000 UV-Vis spectrophotometer
    • Cary UV-Vis spectrophotometer
    • Cary Eclipse fluorimeter
    • Cary fluorometer
    • Perkin Elmer FTIR Spectrometer
    • Perkin-Elmer FTIR
    • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

    For more details please contact Mr Philip Clements.

  • Femtosecond Laser Facility

    Instrumentation: The femtosecond laser facility houses an amplified titanium doped sapphire laser system with a 100-fs pulse width at milliJoules of pulse energy and a comprehensive wavelength coverage spanning the ultraviolet, visible, near infrared, and mid infrared spectral regions. The facility houses four instruments:

    1. Spectra Physics Titanium Doped Sapphire Femtosecond Laser (Model: Tsunami HP, Capabilities: 10 nJ pulse energy at 80 MHz).
    2. Spectra Physics Amplified Titanium Doped Sapphire Femtosecond Laser (Model: Spitfire Pro XP, Capabilities: 4 mJ pulse energy at 1 kHz).
    3. Ultrafast Systems Femtosecond Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectrometer (Model: Halcyone, Capabilities: femtosecond fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime measurements).
    4. Ultrafast Systems Femtosecond Trasient Absorption Spectrometer (Model: Helios, Capabilities: femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy).

    For more details please contact Associate Professor Tak W Kee.

Other Facilities

  • Gas Adsorption Facility

    Adsorption equipment includes:

    • 2 Micromeritics ASAP 2020 adsorption analysers with vapour addition and VT cryostat (20-350 K)
    • 1 Micrometrics 3Flex adsorption analyser
    • 1 Micrometrics HPVA high pressure adsorption analyser (3-100 bar) with furnace operating to 500K

    For more details please contact Associate Professor Christian Doonan.

Please Note: Other School of Physical Sciences Facilities are available in the Braggs Building as part of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

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