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The Central Science Laboratory (CSL) is a central UTAS service that provides academic advice, support, collaboration and teaching in atomic and molecular analysis and several different forms of microscopy. A host of research level analytical instruments are housed in the CSL, where a wide variety of methodologies are utilised. The CSL also provides high level electronic and mechanical engineering workshop support, ranging from design, programming and construction of unique analytical equipment through to general electronic and mechanical repairs. The CSL also provides Federal organisations, State Government instrumentalities and local industries and communities with access to equipment and scientific services that is not otherwise available in Tasmania.
Molecular Genetics Facility
Many types of research project are carried out in the Molecular Genetics facility including paternity analyses, population genetic and phylogenetic studies on a range of organisms including bacteria, fungi, hardwood trees, flowering plants, insects, reptiles, fish and mammals. The molecular genetics instrument facility is equipped with a Beckman Coulter eight capillary automated sequencer, which is available for DNA sequencing as well as heterozygote detection, mutation detection, genotyping and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) detection.
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Electron Microscopy & X-Ray Microanalysis
Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are closely related techniques for high-magnification imaging and spatially resolved chemical analysis of solid samples. Both employ a finely focussed electron beam exciting a variety of secondary signals.
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Proteomics Mass Spectrometry
The ThermoFinnegan LTQ Orbitrap is a high resolution Tandem Mass Spectrometer, with APCI, Electrospray and nano Electrospray ion sources. This is capable of high resolution, high mass accuracy tandem mass spectrometry.
The primary application of this facility is "Bottom up" Proteomics, both qualitative and quantitative.
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Technical Services Group
The personnel that are part of the Technical Services Group are highly experienced in the design, manufacture and maintenance of equipment to the scientific research community within the University of Tasmania. The expertise of the Technical Services Group is available to all Schools and Faculties. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the relevant Technical Officers to discuss their particular requirements.
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Fast Raman mapping now available at UTAS. This means researchers can now take a ‘chemical photograph’ of their sample with a spatial resolution of under 1 micrometre. It also can provide real three dimensional images as Raman is a confocal technique. The instrument has 4 different laser excitation lines, an external fibre optic probe for the analysis of larger samples and a heating & freezing cell to analyse samples at variable temperatures.
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The Waters Acquity UPLC-Xevo
The Waters Acquity UPLC-Xevo triple quadrupole MS combination, installed in 2010, has ESI & APCI ionisation modes, as well as diode array UV-Vis and ELSD detection.
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