Our researchers use a range of facilities centred around state-of-the-art light scattering equipment, and have access to other major facilities at RMIT, Australia and throughout the world.
The major pieces of equipment are:
- A Bruker microfocus Small angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) instrument. Has capabilities for SAXS and WAXS, with simultaneous DSC. Includes cells for powders, solids, liquids and a flow through cell. Further details can be found here.
- An ALV - two colour cross-correlation multiple-scattering-suppression spectrometer. This instrument is unique in the world, and is capable of dynamic and static light scattering measurements in suspensions which are too turbid for normal light scattering.
- An ALV – 5022F FAST correlator and compact goniometer. Facility for Static and Dynamic Light Scattering, Zimm plots, Particle size distribution determination, Depolarized light scattering, Fast correlation capability. Capable of measuring size and shape of nanoparticles in solution from spheres to rods.
- An ALV Compact goniometer, with motorised detector suitable for static and dynamic light scattering. Optimised for the study of very slow dynamics in colloids and gels.
- An RMIT built Bragg angle spectrometer (for studying crystallisation kinetics in colloidal suspensions).
Other RMIT facilities
In addition to our local facilities, we use the following facilities at RMIT and elsewhere:
We also make use of major neutron and x-ray scattering facilities, both in Australia and overseas:
- Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), Lucas Heights, Sydney
- Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, Melbourne
- European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France
- Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Potsdam, Germany
- Geesthacht Neutron Facility (GeNF), Geesthacht, Germany
- NIST Center for Neutron Research, Maryland, USA
- Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
- Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France