The University of Queensland's analytical and environmental equipment and services cover a wide range of fields, including chemistry, engineering and microbiology. UQ's internal offerings are supplemented by the Advanced Water Management Centre and several REECE facilities.

Analytical chemistry

Services

Comprehensive range of analytical chemistry facilities: 

  • inorganic: ICP, combustion analysis, FIA, UV-Vis
  • organic: GC, GCMS,GCGCMS, HPLC, LC-MSMS

Equipment

  • ICP-OES 
  • CHN combustion analyser
  • HPLC with UV, fluorescence, RID and ELSD detector
  • HPLC with MS/MS detector
  • GC with FID, TCD and PFP detector
  • Specialised Greenhouse-gas GC
  • GC with MS detector
  • GCGC with MS detector
  • Double beam UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Near Infra-Red Spectrophotometer
  • Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectrophotometer
  • UV/Vis auto analyser
  • Microwave digester
  • Total Organic Carbon analyser
  • Preparative scale Chromatography separations (UV detection)
  • Kjedahl Analyser
  • Fibre Analyser

Contact

St Lucia

Analytical Services Manager

Doctor Jennifer Waanders

School of Agriculture and Food Science

(07) 3365 2002

Analytical Services (School of Agriculture and Food Science)
Hartley Teakle Building 83, St Lucia campus

Gatton

Analytical Services Manager

Katherine Raymont

School of Agriculture and Food Science

(07) 3365 0339

Analytical Services (School of Agriculture and Food Science)
Building 8117a, Gatton campus

Analytical services

Services

Waste, surface and drinking water measurments of nutrients (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate), Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen and total phosphorus, sulfur species (hydrogen sulfide, sulfate, thiosulfate, sulfite), anions, ethanol, methanol, and other alcohols, greenhouse gases (N2O, CH4), disinfection by-products, total organic carbon, glucose, lactic, formic, succinic and volatile fatty acids, organics, pharmaceuticals and other micropollutants, organic sulfur compounds, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and polyhydroxyvalerate (PHV) and COD (chemical oxygen demand).

Equipment

  • Gas chromatograph with CTC autosampler and electron capture detector (ECD)
  • LC-MS-MS (AB4000 QTRAP)
  • Gas chromatograph with masspectrometer and sulfur chemiluminescence detector (GC-MS/SCD)
  • HPLC with reflective index, photoarray and fluorescence detector
  • Three gas chromatographs with FID detectors
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyser with Total Nitrogen detector (TOC/TN)
  • Ion chromatograph with conductivity and UV detector
  • Flow Injection Analyser
  • Inductive Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy instrument (ICP-OES)

Contact

Doctor Beatrice Keller-Lehmann

Advanced Water Management Centre

(07) 3365 3601

Hawken Engineering Building (Building 50)
Room S401, St Lucia campus

Analytical services - TetraQ

Services

ADME/Bioanaltyical

  • Bioanalytical method development &  validation of LC-MS, GC-MS, Elisa
  • Sample analysis (Animal, Human)
  • Animal PK & TK studies
  • Metabolic Stability (Microsomes, hepatocytes, S9
  • Metabolite ID (Lightsight software)
  • Biodistribution studies
  • Plasma protein binding
  • Bioanalytical & PK support for human trials
  • WinNonlin Phoneix validated
  • State of Art Instrumentation

Toxicology

  • Genotoxicity
  • Acute and Repeat Dose Tox Studies
  • Safety Pharmacology
  • hERG, Respiratory and CNS
  • Cytotoxicity Screening
  • Provantis (GLP Data Mgt) validated

Equipment

N/A

Contact

Peter Tapley - Director

TetraQ

(07) 3365 5115

Block 6, Level 7,
Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital Herston Road
QLD 4029

Argon geochronology

Services

Determination of geological ages using the argon-argon (40Ar-39Ar) and uranium-thorium/helium (U-Th/He) dating method. The argon lab is equipped with two mass spectrometers and other suitable equipment for that purpose. The laboratory supports research projects in the fields of weathering, regolith development, paleoclimate reconstruction, geochemical models for mineral exploration, effects of weathering in the formation and supergene enrichment of ore deposits, and environmental management.

Equipment

  • Mass Analyser Products MAP 215-50 mass spectrometer with ultra-high vacuum extraction line
  • Thermo Helix SPT split flight tube noble gas (He/Ar) mass spectrometer

Contact

Professor Paulo Vasconcelos

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science

(07) 3365 2297

Argon Geochronology Laboratory, Room 124, Richards Building (Building 5), St Lucia Campus

Centrifugation

Services

A range of centrifuges and rotors are available for preparative and high speed centrifugation.

Equipment

  • Beckman Coulter Avanti J2-HS Centrifuge
  • Beckman Coulter Optima TLX Benchtop Ultracentrifuge
  • Beckman Coulter Optima L-100 Ultracentrifuge
  • Beckman Coulter Avanti J26-XPI Centrifuge
  • Beckman Coulter Avanti J26-XPI Centrifuge

A variety of rotors for the preparative rotors (for 500 ml, 250 ml, 1000 ml, 50ml), ultracentrifuge rotors (94 ml, 38.5 ml, 13.5 ml, 38.5 ml, 4ml) and benchtop ultracentrifuge rotors (3.5 ml, 2.0 ml, 1.4 ml) are available for use. 

Contact

Doctor Amanda Nouwens

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

(07) 3364 9490

Peter Josh

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

(07) 3365 4877

Ultracentrifugation and Preparative Centrifugation (School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences)
Molecular Biosciences Building 76, St Lucia campus

Environmental engineering

Services

  • Environmental Laboratory: advanced water testing including groundwater and catchment assessment 
  • Modelling
  • Coupled hydrodynamic and biogeochemistry
  • Catchment flow and loads assessment
  • Groundwater models
  • Environmental 
  • Underwater field surveys
  • Autonomous monitoring systems
  • Habitat mapping
  • Benthic mapping 
  • Video surveys
  • Molecular environmental profiling
  • Greenhouse gas cycling
  • Water quality
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Nutrient and metal dynamics
  • Heavy metals concentration
  • Sediment analysis
  • Heavy metals concentration
  • Nutrient and metal cycling
  • Grain size
  • Community engagement
  • Project and community liaison
  • Education and skill transfer

Equipment

  • Autonomous monitoring
  • Temperature and salinity loggers
  • Light (PAR) loggers
  • Turbidity loggers
  • Benthic video sled
  • Time-lapse photography
  • Hydrodynamics
  • GPS drifters
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers
  • Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters
  • Groundwater
  • Monitoring well installation
  • Water level loggers
  • Aquifer pump testing
  • Mapping
  • Lowrance 
  • Swathbathy 
  • Sub-bottom profiler
  • Environmental sampling
  • RBR multiparameter CTD
  • Turbidity probes
  • Laboratory
  • UV-VIS spectrophotometer
  • Malvern Mastersizer 2000
  • NI cRIO 9074/9066

Contact

Markus Fluggen

Advanced Water Management Centre

(07) 3336 3225

Advanced Engineering Building (Building 49)
Room 418, St Lucia campus

Environmental microbiology (waste water management)

Services

The Environmental Microbiology Laboratory is a fully equipped modern laboratory for molecular biology and the culturing of microorganisms. These include facilities for manipulation and fingerprinting of DNA and various forms of enrichment and microbial culture techniques. Our location ensures we have ready access to a range of excellent complementary facilities that include confocal laser scanning microscopy, electron microscopy and flow cytometry.

  • Microbial community profiling: denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) and Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (TRFLP) are high throughput methods that are very powerful for the comparison of microbial diversity in a number of samples, for example to examine spatial and temporal population variations.
  • Community DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis: at the core of identifying microorganisms from environmental samples is sequencing of ribosomal genes. EML uses the latest techniques for cloning and “next-generation” DNA sequencing. Phylogenetic sequence analysis is used to determine the relationship of unknown microorganisms to known representatives.
  • Microbial community structure using fluorescent probes: fluorescently-labeled oligonucleotide probes based upon RNA sequences have achieved wide acceptance in the field of microbial ecology. This technique is widely used to visualise and identify microorganisms directly in the environmental sample, and is known as fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH).

Equipment

N/A

Contact

Doctor Phil Bond

Advanced Water Management Centre

(07) 3346 3226

Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
Level 4, Gehrmann Building 60, St Lucia campus

Geomechanics

Services

Characterisation testing of slurries, soils and rocks, including: Gravimetric moisture content and total suction testing. Particle size distribution by dry, wet sieving and hydrometer. Atterberg limit testing. Specific gravity testing by helium pycnometer. Electrical conductivity and pH testing of pore water. Calculation of osmotic suction from electrical conductivity, and matric suction from total suction
Strength testing: Laboratory and field shear vane testing of soft soils and tailings. Saturated and unsaturated triaxial shear strength testing of soil and rock cores. Saturated and unsaturated direct shear strength testing. Pull-out testing.

Sedimentation, filtration and desiccation testing of soil and tailings slurries. Soil water characteristic curve (SWCC) testing of soils and tailings. Saturated hydraulic conductivity testing of soils and tailings. Drying and wetting of soft soils. TDR measurement.
Compression testing of soil and rock fill or coarse-grained mine waste, including: 300 mm high by 150 mm diameter testing of soil and tailings slurries and soft soils in a slurry consolidometer to 300 kPa, with pore water pressure measurement. 76 mm diameter oedometer testing to 1,000 kPa applied stress. 150 mm diameter consolidometer testing to 10 MPa applied stress.

Equipment

  • Total suction potentiameters WP4
  • Helium Pycnometer
  • Direct shear devices for 60mm, 100mm, 150mm and 300mm square and of 95mm diam with a maximum normal stress of 1,000 kPa
  • Consolidation devices for 75mm and 150mm samples for maximum vertical stress of 1,000kPa and 10MPa
  • Triaxial frames of 50mm and 100mm diameter
  • Field large vane shear with digital torque wrench
  • SWCC Fredlund devices
  • 37Lt large columns to model drying and wetting cycles on soft soils
  • Slurry consolidation frame maximum vertical load 450kPa
  • High stress oedometer maximum vertical load 10MPa

Contact

Sebastian Quintero

School of Civil Engineering

(07) 3346 7078

Advanced Engineering Building (Building 49)
Room 106 and Room 417, St Lucia campus

Hydraulics

Services

Open channel flumes. Physical coastal model testing and consulting on coastal engineering, wave mechanics, offshore waves, tsunami, coastal erosion, maritime safety, general fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering.

Equipment

  • 1 x Tilting long channel (12 m long, 0.5 m wide, Q up to 60 l/s)
  • 2 x Tilting long channels (15 m long, 0.5 m wide, Q up to 60 l/s)
  • 1 x Tilting long channel (19 m long, 0.7 m wide, Q up to 90 l/s)
  • 3 x Tilting short channels (3.2 m long, 0.4 m wide, Q up to 30 l/s)
  • 3 x Horizontal channels (3.2 m long, 0.5 m wide, Q up to 60 l/s)
  • Spillway testing (5 m long, 1 m wide, Q up to 340 l/s)
  • 2D Wave flumes with a full range of wave generation and active wave absorption

Contact

Fraser Reid

School of Civil Engineering

(07) 3365 3603

Advanced Engineering Building (Building 49)
Room 101, St Lucia campus

Methane potential and activity testing

Services

Methane Potential & Activity Testing. Anaerobic biodegradability, activity and inhibition tests to enable certainty in feasibility analysis.

Equipment

N/A

Contact

Professor Damien Batstone

Advanced Water Management Centre

(07) 3346 9051

Doctor Paul Jensen

Advanced Water Management Centre

(07) 3346 9973

Hawken Engineering Building (Building 50)
Room C402, St Lucia campus

Microanalytical services

Services

The microanalytical service technique used is based on a modification of the classical Pregl and Dumas method.

Equipment

  • FLASH 2000 CHNS/O Analyzer 

Contact

Michael Nefedov

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

(07) 3365 1833

Microanalytical Service (School of Chemistry and Molecular Biociences)
Molecular Biosciences Building 76-345A, St Lucia campus

Protein analysis

Services

Facility houses a range of equipment to facilitate sample preparation and analysis of proteins and other biological molecules, including scanning of gels, fractionation / purification of proteins, analysis of protein-protein and other molecular interactions.

Equipment

  • Typhoon FLA7000 phosphor Imager
  • Beckman DTX880 Multimode plate reader
  • Nano-ITC Microcalorimeter
  • GE Ai600 Imager (chemiluminescence, RGB LED fluorescence, UV, Light)
  • Typhoon Variable Mode Scanner (Phospho-storage, chemiluminescence and fluorescence)
  • IPGphor iso-electric focussing units (7, 13 and 24 cm IEF strips)
  • Ettan Dalt II 2nd dimension Electrophoresis System and Gel Caster (24 cm)
  • Progenesis SameSpots software for single and multi-stained gels
  • Waterbath Sonicator
  • Thermo Savant: Speedvac and Freeze Dryer
  • Odyssey Classic Infra-Red laser Imager  
  • Odyssey CLx infra-Red laser Imager
  • SpectraMAX 190 Plate Reader (U/V vis)
  • SpectraMAX 190 Plate Reader 
  • SpectraMAX 250 Plate Reader
  • CLARIOstar Multimode plate reader with environmental control (luminescence, monochromatic fluorescence and absorbance)
  • Cytofluor fluorescence plate reader
  • Eppendorf refrigerated bench top microcentrifuge
  • Umax Image scanner for transmittance scanning of film and gels.
  • Agilent Bioanalyser:  for RNA, DNA and protein spectral imaging
  • Microcal iTC200 microcalorimeter
  • Biacore 3000
  • Beckman Multimode detector
  • Beckman Optima XL/I analytical ultracentrifuge
  • AKTA fplc and fraction collector
  • AKTA Pure and fraction collector
  • Beckman Analytical Ultracentrifuge
  • Agilent 1100/1200 capillary HPLC system with UV detector and fraction collector
  • Shimadzu Prominence HPLC system with UV and fluorescence detectors, autosampler and fraction collector
  • Jasco Circular Dichroism (CD) spectrometer 

Contact

Doctor Amanda Nouwens

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

(07) 3346 9490

Steven Mason

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

(07) 3365 4872

Protein Analysis Facility (School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences)
Molecular Biosciences Building 76-409, St Lucia campus

Radiogenic isotopes

Services

The Radiogenic Isotope Facility (RIF) is a significant and unique element of UQ's research infrastructural base and one of the more advanced Dating Facilities of its kind in the world. The HEPA-filtered "ultra-clean" laboratory and centrally-controlled air-handling system ensure a proven ultra-low analytical blank performance. 

Equipment

  • Nu Instruments Multi Collector-ICPMS (2)
  • VG Sector 54 Thermal Ionization-MS
  • Thermo Series II quadrupole ICP-MS
  • Thermo iCAP RQ ICP-MS
  • Agilent 7900 quadrupole ICP-MS
  • ASI Laser Ablation System
  • HEPA-filtered ultra-clean laboratory complex

Contact

Professor Jian-xin Zhao

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

(07) 3346 9754

Radiogenic Isotope Facility (RIF)
Room 109, Richards Building 5, St Lucia campus

RECCE Ground Source Heat Pump

Services

The facility consists of two independent ground heat exchanger-heat pump loop systems, a refrigerant direct expansion loop (DX) and an indirect condenser water loop (CW), which are compared during their operations. The GSHP facility serves as a comprehensive research platform for a range of purposes including:

  • Collect measurements of the fully-instrumented system during operation;
  • Provide a basis for the validation of models relating to heat transfer in the ground, process dynamics and control, and operational scheduling
  • Provide a foundation of validated modules use in optimisation of GSHP designs for the subtropical climate, and potential subsequent application to other Australian climates and their relevant heating/cooling loads
  • Publically demonstrate the use of GSHP

Equipment

  • GeoAir GEA61AT direct expansion heat pump
  • Nordic W-90-HACW-4S-C condensing water-based heat pump
  • Hanwest S-6/2HLTLC-FS (HX_1) heat exchangers 
  • Sensors (temperature, flow, pressure)

All research activities on the GSHP facility are managed by RECCE, while UQ Properties and Facilities is in charge of the maintenance. 

Contact

Hugh Russell

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

(07) 3365 3685

J.K. Murray Library
Building 8102, Gatton campus

RECCE Natural Draft Dry Cooling Tower test facility

Services

The RECCE Natural Draft Dry Cooling Tower test facility is a unique demonstration unit for small-scale natural draft cooling technology.

Equipment

  • CUSTOM NDDCT SYSTEM - fully instrumented, full-scale natural draft dry cooling tower
  • CUSTOM HEATER UNIT - instrumented 1-MW diesel-fired heater unit (skid mounted)
  • EKO SRF-02-Sky Camera
  • EKO-STR21G22G32G-Suntracker
  • CSPS-RSI-1510 Rotating Shadowband Irradiometer
  • Vaisala HMS80 Humidity and Temperature Transmitter

The facility is intended both (i) as a demonstration of key technologies and (ii) as a test-bed for emerging techniques for natural draft dry cooling enhancement.

Contact

Hugh Russell

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

(07) 3365 3685

QGECE Natural Draft Dry Cooling Tower
Test Facility, Building 8300C
QAC Connection Rd, Lawes QLD 4343

RECCE Renewable Power Lab

Services

The RECCE Renewable Power Lab (RPL) is intended to be an efficient and functional space for the assembly, maintenance and testing of power cycle equipment.

Equipment

  • CUSTOM HIGH-PRESSURE TEST LOOP - fully instrumented power cycle test bed capablwe of operation using organic refrigerants (such as R245fa) and sub- to super-critical carbon dioxide. Heat supplied from a 70-kW electrical heater and cooling supplied by a 70-kW circulating chiller.
  • CUSTOM ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE TEST UNIT - heat supplied by a 1-MW diesel-fired heater unit.
  • Ingersoll-Rand Air Compressor and supply system
  • Crown Walkie Stacker SHR-5500

Items tested at the facility include (i) heat exchangers, (ii) turbomachinery, and (iii) pumps. Other experiments utilizing high pressure gas flows may also be conducted at the facility.

Contact

Hugh Russell

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

(07) 3365 3685

Building 106A
2436 Moggill Rd
Pinjarra Hills QLD 4069

Stable isotope geochemistry

Services

The Stable Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory (SIGL) in Earth Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia has one of the most comprehensive laboratories in the southern hemisphere, with a full suite of equipment covering the complete cycle from preparation to analysis of the stable isotopes in geological and environmental samples.

Equipment

  • Isoprime Continuous Flow Mass Spectrometer with Elemental Analyser and Laser (EA-CF-IRMS)
  • Isoprime Dual Inlet Mass Spectrometer with Multiprep (DI-IRMS)
  • Thermo Delta V Advantage Continuous Flow mass spectrometer with Thermal combustion elemental analyser and liquids and solid zero blank autosamplers (CF-TC/EA IRMS)
  • Combustion isotope ratio mass spectrometer -(GC-c-IRMS)
  • Carbonate Extraction Line
  • Mineral Hydrogen and Fluid Inclusions Extraction Line
  • ICP-OES

Contact

Kim Baublys

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

(07) 3365 1131

Stable Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory
Room 125, Richards Building 5, St Lucia campus