Who we are & What we do

The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC) is part of the Division of Research.  We manage major instrumentation used by researchers for the study of the structure and composition of biological, chemical and physical materials.  Our facilities are housed in custom-built laboratories, mainly in the Lowy, Wallace Wurth and Chemical Sciences buildings.

The Centre's major Research Facilities are accessible to all staff and students of UNSW, as well as to external researchers. Government and industry users are also welcome. Staff of the Centre provide research collaboration, technical support, education and training to researchers accessing the facilities.

The Centre undertakes industry projects and specialist consulting work for external clients in areas of specialisation. The Chemical Consulting Laboratory within the Centre offers a broad range of consulting and general analytical services. 

For Higher Education Research Data  Collection (HERDC) purposes, all work conducted at the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre is deemed research unless explicitly declared otherwise by the customer to the facility manager.

Return to Campus and the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre

MWAC never closed. We remain open for business with safety measures in place. We are following UNSW advice on COVID-19 in full. Please respect the signposted room occupancy limits, follow MWAC staff advice, make use of hand sanitizer regularly, and stay away if you have symptoms.

For most of our users we support research exactly as before, though with some minor changes such as socially-distanced sample drop-off. Please consult the MWAC unit you want to use for full information on how this may affect you and your research analytical needs. Please also refer to the information sheet in the “Related Documents” section on the right.

MWAC often trains groups of new users. Social-distancing will limit this.  So in recent weeks we have greatly increased the range of online and remote training that we offer. Where in-person training is essential, we now need to train smaller groups than before. MWAC endeavors to bear the extra cost where at all possible.

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