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Analytical solutions, facilities and infrastructures

Analytical Solutions for Research and External Services

The School of Science at ECU has a number of active research groups working across several disciplines including, The Centre for Ecosystem Management (CEM, p.horwitz@ecu.edu.au), the Centre of Integrative Metabolomics and Computational Biology (CIM-CB, d.broadhurst@ecu.edu.au; m.boyce@ecu.edu.au), the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER, p.lavery@ecu.edu.au), the Mine Water and Environment Research (MiWER, m.lund@ecu.edu.au). In addition to providing specialised analytical chemistry to research centres in the School of Science, the Science Analytical Facility also supports other research within and external to ECU in the fields of forensic science, medical and sport science, health and food science, agriculture and grain science, and industrial chemistry. Through the alliance with Thermo-Fisher Scientific, the Science Analytical Facility provides access to state-of-the art research instrumentation, as well as staff who have the knowledge, expertise and skills to produce reliable solutions to today’s most challenging analytical questions related to fundamental and applied research.

Analytical Facilities and Infrastructures

The ECU Science Analytical Facility is housed in state-of-the-art laboratories located on the Joondalup Campus. Cutting edge facilities and instrumentation include:

  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (iCAP™ RQ ICP-MS) and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (iCAP™ 7600 duo ICP-OES) dedicated to trace element analysis down to part per quadrillion on non-interfered low-background isotopes.
  • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Trace1310 ISQ™ GC-MS-FID) system with a TriPlus™ RSH autosampler for fully programmable automated sample preparation and sample introduction (e.g., SPME, on-line derivatisation) dedicated to routine target analysis of non-polar/volatile organic molecules.
  • Gas chromatography high resolution mass spectrometry (Q-Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ MS) dedicated to target/non-target analysis of non-polar/volatile organic molecules and chemically derivatised polar analytes.
  • Ultrahigh pressure liquid chromatography triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (TSQ Quantiva ™) dedicated to ultra-low quantitation of target polar/non-volatile organic molecules.
  • Ultrahigh pressure liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry (Q Exactive™ UHPLC Orbitrap™) dedicated to target/non-target screening of polar/non-volatile organic molecules.
  • A Dionex Integrion ion chromatography system dedicated to anion and cation analysis.
  • Two Dionex Ultimate ultrahigh pressure liquid chromatography systems coupled to UV-Vis, fluorescence and evaporative light scattering detection for routine target analysis of polar/non-volatile organic molecules.
  • FlashSmart™ elemental analyser for simultaneous determination of CHNS content in solid and liquid samples.
  • Isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Sercon 20-22) for C/N/H/O stable isotopes analysis.

The Science Analytical Facility also houses a picoSpin TM for H-NMR, a ISQ GC-FID, a LGR Liquid Water Isotope analyser (LWIA) for the determination of H and O isotopes in water, a Hapsite portable GC-MS, a Nicolet™ iS™5 FT-IR Spectrometer for chemical fingerprinting of flat solid, powder and aqueous samples, a Lachat nutrients analyser, 2 x Quanta 4000 Waters capillary ion analysers, 2X Agilent Capillary electrophoresis systems, a MEP Multiwave GO microwave digestion system, a CAMAG HPTLC with ADC 2 + TLC visualizer + Linomat 5, various UV and fluorescence spectrometers, a Fisher Biotec Sublimate freeze drier and a number of centrifuges (e.g., Thermo Heraeus Megafuge 8, Thermo Savant SPD1010 Speedvac).

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