Research facilities and equipment

Research instrumentation and equipment

Members of the School of Chemistry have access to a wide range of modern research equipment and facilities, including instrumentation for:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • X-ray Diffraction
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Chromatography
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Advanced Microscopy
  • Other spectroscopy (Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, electronic, infrared, fluorescence and atomic absorption spectroscopy)

Instrument booking

Authorised users can book instruments using the following links:

For Masson NMR, X-ray diffraction, EPR, ESI mass spectrometry

Book here

For Bio21 Institute Instrument Bookings

Book here

Professional support staff

Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis is available to non-School of Chemistry researchers on a fee for service basis.

For service, or access to the instruments, contact Dr Robert Gable, Manager, School of Chemistry X-ray Facility.

For access to the NMR spectrometers, contact Dr Sunnia Rajput.

Related university platforms & facilities

Access to some instruments and facilities is available through the University's Platform Technologies and Centres, including:

Research support

University of Melbourne Specialist Store

The University of Melbourne Specialist Store provides products that assist with teaching and research to the School as well as other approved customers. A satellite site operates in the basement of the Chemistry Building with the main hub at the Bio21 Institute.

Visit the store

Faculty of Science workshops

The Faculty of Science Mechanical, Electronics and Glassblowing Workshops are located on the Ground floor in the David Caro building. The hours of operation of the mechanical workshop are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, and for the electronics workshop are 8:45 am to 5:00 pm. Most jobs, depending on complexity and availability of materials, will require at least 2 weeks notice. Each job request must have a job sheet attached that is completed with an account number and supervisor's/manager’s signature.

The job sheets are available from the workshops or the School Intranet. There is also a student workshop which is available for general staff and student usage from 8:00 am till 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. The student workshop is only available to those individuals who have been authorized and certified by their group leader and supervisor. A prerequisite for this is the completion of the "Safe Workshop Practices and Procedures" course.

For further details, contact Mr Michael Zammit, Workshop Manager (phone 8344 5427).

Environmental health and safety

Environmental Health & Safety is very important at the School of Chemistry. From the first year of Chemistry study, students work in laboratories, so they must learn appropriate safety protocols and procedures when working with chemicals and scientific equipment.  Knowledge of chemical safety is of paramount importance in the School.

School of Chemistry Environment Health and Safety Website