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Sydney Analytical

Enabling chemical, biological and materials analysis
Sydney Analytical is the University’s flagship facility for chemical, biological and materials analysis. We offer capability in vibrational spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction and scattering, protein production and characterisation, and drug discovery.

About us

Sydney Analytical is the University’s core research facility dedicated to material, chemical and biological analysis. We offer access to the University’s flagship capabilities for vibrational and X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray and light scattering, drug discovery and magnetic resonance, as well as expert technical guidance, to support researchers as they address their most challenging research priorities. Sydney Analytical is home to world-class facilities and expertise that drive academic excellence and high-impact research outcomes.

Sydney Analytical complements the important work being undertaken at local and international centres for collaborative research. We collaborate with researchers from Sydney Nano, the Brain and Mind Centre and Charles Perkins Centre, as well as industry and other partners. We act as the primary interface between the University and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), which operates Australia’s national synchrotron X-ray, neutron and isotope facilities. Prospective users can contact us for advice on capabilities and access.

Find out about our cultural heritage work

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What new ways of seeing can scientific equipment bring to cultural heritage material in museum collections?

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how Sydney Analytical has been collaborating with the Chau Chak Wing Museum on scientific analysis of cultural materials.


- Watch our 2023 National Science Week video series
- See a webinar on our analysis of an ancient Egyptian mummy


- Read about our scientific analysis of early modern belt toggles from the Powerhouse Museum (for the 2023 Chinese Toggles: Culture in Miniature exhibition at Chau Chak Wing Museum) 
- Learn about our analysis of an ancient Egyptian mummy from the Nicholson Museum collection, held in the Chau Chak Wing Museum  

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Sydney Analytical

  • Sydney Analytical maintains instruments in locations across the Camperdown / Darlington campus. Our principal locations are the Madsen Building (F09), Chemistry Building (F11), and Molecular Bioscience Building (G08), with satellite locations in the Sydney Nano Hub (A31) and the J03 Engineering Precinct Building. Our administration is in room 222, Madsen Building (F09), Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney.


Madsen Building (F09)

Chemistry Building (F11)

Molecular Bioscience Building (G08)

J03 Engineering Precinct Building

Sydney Nano Hub

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