The AAC and Industry

First formed in 1991, the Advanced Analytical Centre (AAC) is a central analytical facility that proudly supports research and industry, providing a wide range of analytical instrumentation backed by experienced and professional staff.

The AAC provides access to a range 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.

If using any of the facilities for the first time please discuss your requirements with a member of the AAC staff in order that we may help and advise you of the most appropriate method to obtain the results required.

General enquiries can be made at: or by contacting the Centre Director.

Specific enquiries regarding details of a particular technique can be made directly to the officer in charge of this area (see staff listing).

Submitting samples

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


All commercial/private analyses undertaken are considered as confidential.

Data and/or reports are typically sent electronically to the nominated address (if requested a hard copy can also be supplied). Large file sizes, which may exceed typical mail quotas, are made available through a secure download site.

Our location / contact details

Full postal address, contact information and maps of our location are given at:

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