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Our capabilities

Analytical chemistry

The analytical laboratory houses an array of top-end instruments for chemically analysing a wide range of gas, liquid and solid samples, down to parts per trillion.


The experts and equipment in our genomics laboratory focus on the study of genes and their functions, and involves the analysis of an organism's genome or entire DNA content.

Optical and electron microscopy

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

Physical and mechanical properties

This laboratory analyses the physical and mechanical properties of any item, including size, porosity, surface are and thermal qualities.

Proteomics and small molecule mass spectrometry

This laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art mass spectrometry platforms that allow for a range of tests, including qualitative, quantitative and structural analysis of proteins, lipids, metabolites, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and volatile organic compounds.

Surface science

Our surface science laboratory focuses on how materials interact with their environment from an atomic and atomistic perspective, and interrogates phenomena that occur at the nanoscale.

X-ray and particles

Our x-ray and particles laboratory features a range of methods and equipment, and 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 has 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 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