Chemistry and Biotechnology Laboratories

Swinburne's chemistry and biotechnology laboratories support applied and industrial research in chemistry, environmental science and biotechnology.

Our laboratory capabilities are linked to research activities in a wide range of areas and facilitate alliances 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

  • Computational chemistry (access to Swinburne GPU Supercomputer and computational software, high powered Mac workstation)
  • Mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF (part of the bioMerieux Reference Centre), liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance)
  • Surface and materials analysis (Raman, AFM, XPS, SPR, XRD, Contact Angles, SEM, ATR-FTIR, particle sizer, particle image velocity detector, particle sizer, surface modification)

More facilities can be found in our ANFF laboratories.


Please send any enquiries about these facilities to:

Professor Enzo Palombo
Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology