Property and Facilities are developing new Materials Characterisation laboratories on Level 0 and Level 2 of the Foxtail Building (1019) at the University of Queensland, Long Pocket Campus.

Foxtail Building, Long Pocket Campus

The Materials Characterisation Hub will be a shared facility between the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES).

Construction commenced in September 2022, with the project expected to be complete by April 2023.

This project is in the first phase towards establishing a new mineral/material characterisation hub.

It includes refurbishments to establish a Sensitive High Resolution Ion Micro Probe (SHRIMP) facility and bundle cognate activities from SMI, CMM and SEES.

The SHRIMP requires accommodation in a stable heavy load-bearing facility. The work required to get the SHRIMP operating is the current priority.

Connecting the CMM, SEES and SMI brings us closer to establishing a Central Research Platform (CRP) and industry hub in hard material and rock/mining at Long Pocket.