Accessing the facilities of the AAC

The AAC provides access to a variety of techniques covering the fields of microscopy and microanalysis, inorganic and organic chemical analysis, mineralogy/crystallography and genetic analysis. A full list of the current facilities can be found at AAC instrumentation.

The centre offers a full range of services from sample preparation through to final analysis and reporting as well as specific, hands-on training in instrument use.

Submitting samples/booking instruments

Researchers within James Cook University:  All material for analysis must be submitted with an AAC Internal Requisition form detailing contact information, type of work to be carried out and a charge code. The Internal Requisition form can be obtained from AAC office. This form must be completed and signed before work can be carried out.

External researchers/commercial:  all materials should be submitted accompanied by a purchase order or alternatively a completed Requisition Form, obtainable from the AAC office.  Companies or individuals who are using the services of the AAC for the first time will be required to read and sign a “Conditions of Use” statement prior to analysis being started.

Where multiple samples are being submitted for analysis, please ensure they are accompanied by a hard copy of the sample numbers and, if possible, a digital copy is also emailed to the officer in charge.

Any samples that may be considered hazardous or require special handling should be identified as such and include any relevant MSDS information.

General turn around time for all work is 3-4 weeks, but this can be reduced to <24 hours depending on the nature of the analysis/technical report required.

For firm quotes or further information please contact the Director: Dr Kevin Blake on extension 4864 or email