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Research in the Faculty of Sciences

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World-class research. Discoveries of global significance.

The Faculty of Sciences is a synergy of four research intensive schools; thriving research centres and groups; and strong cross-institutional collaborations.

Our world-renowned scientists are critical thinkers and experts in their fields. Our researchers link with experts in industry, government and international institutions to solve real-world problems. They are driven by a passion to find answers, and to discover new ways to make our world a smarter, safer and a more sustainable place.

From understanding disease and tackling environmental challenges, to advancing technology and mapping distant galaxies; our teaching is informed by our cutting-edge research.

Our campuses are home to a number of co-located industry partners, affiliated researchers and research institutes of international significance. This close proximity offers a unique opportunity for our students to gain practical and theoretical knowledge through dynamic national and international research projects.

Join us, as we make (gravitational) waves through the world of science.

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Research facilities

Research facilities  
Faculty and school facilities  
Adelaide Molecular Analysis and Characterisation (AMAC) AMAC provides research equipment and infrastructure for internal and external researchers in, or associated with, the chemical sciences. This includes nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, spectroscopy and femtosecond laser pectroscopy.
Adelaide Proteomics Centre (APC) APC provides expert services in mass spectrometry-based protein identification, quantitation, characterisation of post-translational modifications and high throughput screening / QC of small molecules. We also provide expert 2D DIGE characterisation of protein expression, N-terminal sequencing, and MALDI imaging mass spectrometry.
Biogeochemistry Facility The Biogeochemistry Facility provides analytical services for petroleum geochemistry, palaeoclimatology, soil geochemistry, mineralogy, sedimentary geochemistry, environmental research and biofuel analysis. Key contact for sample submissions and pricing: Dr Tony Hall - Biogeochemistry Facility
Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) URAF provides organisational infrastructure and technical and legislative knowledge around the use of unmanned aircraft, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), for a wide range of environmental and agricultural applications.
Waite Lipid Analysis Service (WLAS) WLAS specialises in lipid analyses of a variety of different matrices including blood, plasma, breast milk, tissue, oil, leaves and grains.
University facilities  
Adelaide Microscopy Adelaide Microscopy provide a broad range of the most technologically advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis to universities, other research institutions and the corporate sector.
Biobank The bio-repository (Biobank) houses valuable archival and backup biological materials.
Bioinformatics Hub The Bioinformatics Hub provides training, expertise and research support across the areas of biological process and networks, statistical analysis, mathematical modelling, data management and computer programming.
High Performance Compute HPC enables researchers to leverage the expertise and increased computational power through the use of high performance computing for big data analysis, complex modelling and simulations, and solving large scalable research problems quickly and efficiently.
NCRIS-funded facilities  
Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) - Adelaide Optofab Node OptoFab offers specialist facilities and dedicated staff that are on hand to provide services and technical support to users in microprocessing; microfabrication; and characterisation of fibre, planar and bulk materials, which include silica, metals, ceramics, silicon, polymers and crystals.
Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) APPF provides a suite of analytical tools to support high-throughput phenotyping and deep phenotyping in either controlled environments or in the field. The dedicated cross-disciplinary team of experts provide consultation on project design and high-quality customer support. APPF is a national facility, available to all Australian plant scientists.
Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

TERN delivers critical research infrastructure and supports national and international networks of scientists, environmental managers and stakeholders, who need to improve understanding and management of Australia's ecosystems. TERN facilities based at the University of Adelaide include: