Our facilities

The School's chemistry and physics teaching and research programmes are supported by state of the art facilities and specialised equipment.

Triple additive-subtractive Raman spectroscopy equipment

The School's chemistry and physics teaching and research programmes are supported by state of the art facilities and specialised equipment.

In 2010, new laboratory and office space was opened in a large extension to the Laby Building and the new Alan MacDiarmid Building that adjoins it.

Specialist equipment

Our five Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers are used to determine molecular structures and in the study of molecular dynamics and organisation in soft matter and porous materials.

Ultrafast Laser facilities are used to examine the electronic dynamics of photo-active materials.

The Electron Microscope Suite is used extensively by researchers at Victoria University, especially the Nanoparticle and Quantum Dot Research group.

Our Cleanroom Fabrication Facility is purpose-built for the fabrication of novel electronic devices.

The Raman Lab has a full range of equipment to examine the properties of superconductors and to develop methods for single molecule detection.

The Palaeomagnetic laboratory is equipped with spinner and cryogenic rock magnetometers, thermal and alternating field demagnetizing equipment, pulse magnetizer and magnetic susceptibility meters. We also have rock drills and lake sediment corers to collect palaeomagnetic samples.

The Radiation Detection and Imaging group has a range of dedicated equipment for sample preparation and X-ray imaging.

Additional equipment

The School also has the following equipment:

  • Astronomy: Frame-Transfer CCD photometer
  • X-ray diffraction: Powder XRD, Laue XRD
  • Irradiation: Frequency-doubled (Ar/BBO) visible/UV laser, two X-ray generators
  • Rheology: Controlled stress and controlled strain rheometers
  • Particle size analysis: Laser-based particle size analyser (SLS, DLS and zeta potential)
  • Furnaces: Radio frequency induction furnace, electrically heated furnaces
  • Thermal analysis: Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • GCMS, HPLC and GC analysis facilities