RMIT Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility

The RMIT Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility provides services to RMIT students and researchers as well as offering consultative and training services for industry.

This facility also provides surface area analysis and total organic carbon (TOC) analysis.

This state of the art facility is primarily for the benefit of RMIT researchers and teaching purposes, however we also offer a consulting service for external clients. This facility is often used as a training centre for industry.

The RMIT Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility (RVSF) houses a number of IR instruments with multiple attachments and accessories as well as surface area and total organic carbon analysis techniques.

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The RVSF is involved in a number of collaborative research projects in a large variety of areas and actively encourages such collaborations. Anyone wishing to collaborate in research ventures should contact the academic director for more information.

Key services



  • Perkin-Elmer Spectrum 100 : MID IR with wb MCT detector
  • Perkin-Elmer Spotlight 400 : Imaging Microscope
  • Perkin-Elmer Spectrum 2000 : NIR / MID / FAR and AutoIMAGE
  • Perkin-Elmer RamanStation 400: Raman
  • Perkin-Elmer TGA-FTIR-GCMS: hyphenated system with MID / NIR FTIR
  • Perkin-Elmer Frontier: MID / FAR IR
  • Agilent Cary 500: UV / VIS / NIR

The RVSF has the following sampling attachment available

  • MTEC Model 300 Photoacoustics Detector
  • Diffuse Reflectance (Drift)
  • Overhead and Clamp ATR attachments
  • Various ATR Attachments
  • Pike GladiATR Heated ATR
  • Harrick High Temperature Drift
  • Axiom Analytical Deep Immersion Probe (Dipper)
  • Grazing Angle
  • High temperature, high vacuum Transmission cell.
  • Diamond Anvil transmission cell
  • Other attachments (Gas, liquid, solid holders)
  • Pike IntegratIR Integrating sphere MID IR.


Consulting services

  • Materials characterisation
  • Surface and interface analysis
  • Solid and liquid sampling
  • FTIR surface mapping

Materials ideally suited to analysis using Vibrational spectroscopy include

  • Solids (powders, films, fibres)
  • Liquids (organic, aqueous, dispersions)
  • Polymers, textiles and paints
  • Sealants, coatings and adhesives
  • Foods, pharmaceutical and biological materials.

FTIR spectra can be matched against our FTIR database to confirm identities.


Training is provided for regular users, please contact Mr Frank Antolasic, if you require training.


Regular uses will be instructed as to how to make bookings. If you are not a regular user and wish to make a booking please contact the Facility Manager

Opening hours

Operating times are 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday


Locaton: Building 3, Level 3, Room 6, RMIT University, City Campus, 124 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Key staff

Key contacts

Professor Suresh Bhargava - Academic Director

Mr Frank Antolasic – Facility Manager
Senior Technical Officer
Tel: +61 3 9925 3374

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