Resources and Facilities

The Particles and Catalysis Research Group is housed in the 6 star rating (Energy Efficient) Tyree Energy Technology building within the UNSW Kensington campus. It is equipped with modern laboratories and specialised equipment and techniques for material synthesis; an array of state-of-the-art instrument for particle and material characterisation, as well as photoreactor and reactor system for testing photocatalyst and catalyst performance. We are also co-located with UNSW’s Analytical Centre, and possess full access to their nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectroscopy, solid state and surface analysis, and electron microscopy facilities.

To gain access to PartCat Lab, please read the Introduction to Partcat Slide and ensure you have followed and completed the the School Lab Safety Protocol.

Instrument Booking and Training

Our laboratories are equipped with state of the art equipment for particle synthesis and characterisation, advanced analytical instruments as well as variety of catalysis rig and photo-electrocatalyst reactor. It is MANDATORY for new user to be trained before getting access to the instrument/gear. The following table summarize the instrument/equipments and its current authorized trainer, or download the pdf copy here.


New Trainer (2018)

Ultrasonic probe

Dr Victor Wong (Victor), Dr Kuang-Hsu Wu (Tim)


Qingran (Channing) and Jing Lin


Victor, Ali Asghar Esmailpour Valmazouyi (Ali)

Insitu UV-Vis

Dr Nick Bedford and Roong Jieng Wong (RJ)

UV Vis NIR (solid)

Dr Roong Jien Wong (RJ) and Constantine

Malvern Zetasizer

Ali, Cuiying  and Dr May Lim (May)


A/Prof Jason Scott (Jason) and Dr Emma Lovell (Emma)

Potentiostat - Autolab

Zhirun Xie, Yoshi and Dr Hui Ling Tan

Potentiostat – CHI instrument

Dr Xunyu Lu and Rahman Daiyan


Jason and Emma


Jason, Victor and Roong Jien (RJ)

Muffle furnaces


Horizontal tube furnaces (Carbolite)


Horizontal tube furnaces (old Labec)


Horizontal tube furnaces (new Labec)


Oven (including glove training)

Xinxin and Zhirun

Rotary Evaporator

Victor and May

Anodisation unit

Zhipeng, RJ

Horiba PL

RJ and Jing Lin

Auto pipettes

supervisor, Roong Jien and Victor

pH meter

supervisor, Ali, Cuiying and Junjie

Temperature controlled hot plate and stirrer

supervisor and Victor


supervisor, Xiaofeng and Tri

Ultrasonic water bath


Catalysis Rig (exisiting or new set up)

Jason, Victor, RJ and Emma

Cake cutting

Stephanie, Hassan and Carol


Victor, Sana, Tim Zuhrer, Stephanie, William, Junjie

Gases/Liq nitrogen

Victor, Jeffry, Farhan, Jonathan, Bingqiao, Zhipeng, Tim Zuhrer, Xiaofeng, Channing, Sana, Daiyan, Dan Allen, Kefeng

MQ water


Consumables – CHEM STORE including buckets and chemical drums

Victor, Xiaofeng, Huabo, Sana, William 

Consumables – EXT

Victor, Huabo, William, Xueting

Fume cupboard

Yoshi and Stephanie Chua


Jonathan and Emma

Our instruments are currently not available for new external users outside Particle and Catalysis Research Group, unless it is on a collaborative project or with prior agreement with staff/academics in PARTCAT group. If you would like to use our instruments, charges will be applied to reimburse the technical staff time, consumables and chemicals used. For general enquiries about working in our laboratory or how to access the facilities, please contact Mandalena Hermawan.

Click here to access online equipment booking (note: only for authorised user).