Central Analytical Research Facility

We provide specialist equipment and expert scientists to help you carry out analytical research.

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The Central Analytical Research Facility provides science solutions for the real world with its state-of-the-art equipment and multidisciplinary expertise.

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The Central Analytical Research Facility supports scientific analytical research, teaching and learning to enable real-world results.

Elements and isotopes

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.

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Our advanced equipment allows us to investigate materials at the molecular scale.


We prepare specimens and carry out both optical microscopy and electron microscopy.

Molecular mass spectrometry

We offer state-of-the-art spectrometry platforms that allow for qualitative, quantitative and structural analysis.

Surface analysis

We use nanoscale imaging tools including scanning probe microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron microscopy (EM).

Physical and mechanical properties

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


We provide next-generation proteomics underpinned by data-independent acquisition (DIA) mass spectrometry and advanced computational approaches.

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.

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.

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.

X-ray analysis

Our X-ray analysis laboratory provides X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence and sample preparation.


Associate Professor Charlotte Allen

Director, Central Analytical Research Facility

Geochemistry, analytical chemistry, geology
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Dr David Harris

Manager, Central Analytical Research Facility

Marine science, large scale infrastructure project design, construction and management
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Contact us

Central Analytical Research Facility

Level 6, P Block
Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

Postal address

Central Analytical Research Facility
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001