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Our services

Tailor-made research services to assist with your projects

Sydney Analytical specialises in contract research services, analysis of cultural heritage materials and objects, and chemometrics. We work closely with our users to offer customised training and project development.

We have established expertise in the characterisation of items of cultural heritage and a broad suite of suitable equipment. Our portable equipment for XRF, Raman, infrared absorption and macro imaging allow us to bring the equipment to the objects. We also offer the capacity for detailed 2D and 3D mapping with our laboratory instruments. We have an analytical space in the new Chau Chak Wing Museum which allows us to collaborate with the Museum on scientific investigation of items in their collection.

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.

Find out more about our cultural heritage work in this series of videos, produced in collaboration with the Chau Chak Wing Museum.

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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 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, synthesis of proteins 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.


Brochure: Scientific services for cultural heritage and archaeology

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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.