Spectroscopy Laboratory


The Spectroscopy Laboratory has a focus on vibrational spectroscopy techniques, Raman and infrared, enabling chemical characterisation and micron-scale mapping of solids, liquids and powders. The lab hosts two Raman spectrometers (one with photoluminescence capability), three FTIR spectrometers and two UV/Visible/NIR spectrophotometers.

Applications of vibrational spectroscopy include:

  • Mineral identification - identification and mapping of titania phases (Raman).
  • Crystal strain measurement - strain imposed by defect structures in semiconductors (Raman).
  • Chemical characterisation and crystallinity determinations of polymers (Infrared and Raman).
  • Chemical characterisation of polymers and small organic molecules via library matching (Infrared and Raman).
  • Biological samples - mapping lipid and amino acid rich areas in cells (Infrared and Raman).
  • Identification of metal-ligand bonds in complexes (Infrared and Raman).
  • Characterisation of carbon fullerenes and nanotubes (Raman).

Applications of UV-Visible and Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy:

  • Spectrophotometric assays (UV-Vis).
  • Band-gap measurements of transparent films and solid thin films (UV-Vis and PL).




We request that the Spectroscopy Laboratory be acknowledged in all publications and communications which result from access to our facilities and expertise. This information is required for reporting to funding bodies and provides a means of measuring our impact and is essential for our laboratory's continued support and expansion of its capabilities.

We recommend using the the following form of acknowledgement for the facility:

"The authors would like to acknowledge <insert name> of the Spectroscopy Laboratory within the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre at the University of New South Wales for support."

If the spectra obtained were of a general nature then the names of specific Spectroscopy Laboratory staff members may be left out. However, if particular input was received from a member of the Spectroscopy Laboratory please acknowledge their assistance.