Our laboratory capabilities are linked to research activities in a wide range of areas and facilitate partnerships with external partners via collaborations and contract research projects.

We have equipment and technological expertise in the following areas.

Biotechnology and sustainability

  • Molecular biology
  • Biological culture (microbiology, cell biology including stem cells, plant, small aquatic organisms)
  • Biological containment facilities
  • Microscopy (confocal, other specialised)
  • Cell analysis (flow cytometry and optical tweezers)
  • Bioreactors and biodegradation studies
  • Food, water and other environmental sample analysis

Physical and analytical chemistry

  • Mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF, liquid chromatography (LC-MS), gas chromatography (GC-MS))
  • Surface and materials analysis (Raman, AFM, XPS, SPR, XRD, Contact Angles, SEM, ATR-FTIR, particle sizer, particle image velocity detector, zeta potential, surface modification)
  • ICP-AES, Electrochemical workstations, Ion chromatography
  • Computational chemistry (access to the Swinburne GPU Supercomputer and computational software, high powered Mac workstation)
  • Our researchers are also big users of both the Australian national fabrication facility and the Australian synchrotron.
  • Plates used on the MALDI-TOF to detect different types of bacteria isolated from environmental samples.
    Plates used on the MALDI-TOF to detect different types of bacteria isolated from environmental samples.
  • Bioreactors used for studying fungal and bacterial growth from industrial and agricultural samples.
    Bioreactors used for studying fungal and bacterial growth from industrial and agricultural samples.
  • Quantifying nucleic acid on a nano-drop spectrophotometer.
    Quantifying nucleic acid on a nano-drop spectrophotometer.
  • Observing the growth of cells under a microscope for biomedical research.
    Observing the growth of cells under a microscope for biomedical research.
  • A member of our research team working in our laboratory.
    A member of our research team working in our laboratory.
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Contact the Chemistry and Biotechnology Laboratory

If you’re a PhD student, media, or an organisation looking to collaborate and partner with us, or have questions related to our facilities please contact Tracy Murray (Laboratory Manager) via tmurray@swinburne.edu.au or call +61 3 9214 5965.

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