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Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF)

About CARF

The Central Analytical Research Facility hosts state-of-the-art facilities to support multidisciplinary research.

Accessing services and equipment

Instructions for booking our equipment or contracting our services.

Analytical chemistry

We have equipment to chemically analyse a wide range of gas, liquid and solid samples.


We focus on the study of genes and their functions, including genome and DNA analysis.

Optical and electron microscopy

Our cutting-edge equipment that allows for optical microscopy, electron microscopy and specimen preparation.

Physical and mechanical properties

We analyse the physical and mechanical properties of any item, including size, porosity, surface are and thermal qualities.

Proteomics and small molecule mass spectrometry

We provide complete analysis of proteins, lipids, metabolites, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and volatile organic compounds.

Surface science

This laboratory focuses on how materials interact with their environment from an atomic and atomistic perspective.

X-ray and particles

Our x-ray and particles laboratory provides x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence, neutron diffraction and sample preparation.

Geological sample preparation

We have specialist expertise in geological sample preparation and analysis, and equipment for rock cutting and crushing, core logging, thin sections and soil analysis.

Metallurgical failure analysis

We conduct in-depth failure analysis to identify why and how metal components have failed and the corrective actions needed.

Vibrational spectroscopy

We can provide chemical information on a wide range of materials using our routine and advanced infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectrometers, microscopes and accessories.

Synchrotron science

We can help QUT researchers access the specialist capabilities of the Australian Synchrotron, which produces X-ray and infrared radiation used in diffraction, scattering, spectroscopy and imaging experiments.


Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF)

  • Postal address:
    Central Analytical Research Facility
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001